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Hawaii Web Design and Fonts

A lot of touristy Hawaii web sites have hokey, touristy fonts that conjure images of coconut bras, grass skirts, and Elvis with his slicked black hair leaning against a coconut tree at the PCC. I’m not too into those. However, we recently completed a series of beach towels for a local company where “Elvis” was our template customer and hokey Hawaii was in every picture and font we used. (i.e. –






While we’re grateful for the work and sure the towels will sell, it’s nice to move past the hokey.

To do so, I’ve been reading up on fonts in general with Ellen Lupton’s “Thinking With Type” (awesome book) and searching the web for cool fonts. Anyway, I recently came across this collection of pretty awesome (and free!) fonts at CreativeBloq.

Anyone who’s interested in design of any sort should take a look as your font’s often make or break the look of a website, magazine, packaging, or whatever else you’re working on. To download fonts, click on the orange title’s. Here are a few of my favorites:

 Before Breakfast

 Flex Display





Got past the Design Blues?

Coming up with great design ideas isn’t always the easiest.  Sometimes, clients have a clear idea of what they want and are able to express themselves clearly…but that’s a somewhat rare sometimes.  Most times, coming to an agreement on a design is a back and forth process that can take a while.  And most times, this can get frustrating for both sides.

One of the best ways to get around this is very simple.  Get great ideas from already existing, successful designs.  There are plenty of great design ideas out there and so long as you aren’t outright, stealing the design, there’s nothing wrong with using someones design as a template and building on or changing it to make it your own.

A great place to get your design brain running is Web Creme.  Web Creme has been around for years and is great about consistently updating their site with award winning web design complete with color schemes and links to the sites.




There are other sites out there just like web creme for every element of web design and development be it fonts, layouts, color schemes, coding and all it takes to find them is are a few quick Google searches.

The main point of this post though, is don’t feel like you have to come up with everything from scratch.  Whether you’re a client or a designer, somebody else has been in your shoes and has figured out a great solution so make use of it.  Even if it’s just to get your brain running.

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