Thanks abirato! The fonts I used are the 3 major "open" font varieties: Bitstream Sans/Serif, FreeSans/FreeSerif, and Nimbus Sans/Roman. For all of these I kerned em really narrow, so that may add to the reason they look a little different. I'm not sure how gimp handles kerning (haven't used it for typography), but in inkscape you can use alt-shift-< and alt-shift-> to affect text kerning. Hope this helps
i like this a lot. i'd suggest a few minor changes, though, like the kerning on 'distraction' could be evened out a little more; also, the serif font you've used seems to break the nice flow of sans serif text, and adds a dimension i'm not sure i like. i'm really like the "to waste the time that i had" part, and the color of the whole thing. maybe your tracking is a little narrow, but i think it adds to the feeling of distraction. i'm in love with the way your "many" and "distractions" come together though, that's truly fantastic. it's my favorite part of the whole piece. the background adds a nice texture, but i'm not sure what i think about the target-esque bullseye in the back.
great job, keep it up. typography is an art too far underappreciated. there isn't even a category for it, even though it's such an important part of design.
princepoo - thank you so much for the detailed critique! I really appreciate your pointers... I love experimenting with typography, and would like to learn more about it. I've tweaked up the kerning on the big "Distraction", good spot - and I definitely think that there should be a typography section on deviantART
ooh love it! brilliant layout, as usual. i find it interesting that your representation of being distracted includes feelings of helplessness. use of blue (the depression color ) in the background is most effective with this idea. well done, !
Thank you very much mykell--! I definitely think feelings of helplessness play a part in distraction - taking the blame off one's lack of diligence. Very interesting analysis on the color... I never thought of it that way! I originally made the gradient to start the piece, and the text evolved on top afterwards. What you said makes a lot of sense - blue felt right for the picture. Thanks!