A terrific rundown of all your options when it comes to web font loading.
A handy tool for testing the legibility of different typefaces under all sorts of conditions.
I’ve always loved the way that Edward Tufte consistently uses Bembo to typeset his books. Here’s a version made for screen and freely licensed.
You can think of this as a short book or a long article, but either way it’s a handy overview of typography on the web:
A concise, referential guide on best web typographic practices.
Mind you, I take issue with this assertion:
Establishing a vertical rhythm is simple.
I’ve seen letterforms you people wouldn’t believe…
A thoroughly lovely look at the octothorpe that skewers a myth or two along the way.
The numero sign, the reversed question mark, the interrobang, the l b bar symbol, the Tironian et, the capitulum, and the ironieteken.
Markdown gets its own media type: text/markdown.
I love good typography but I have to agree with the sentiment expressed here.
System fonts can be beautiful. Webfonts are not a requirement for great typography.
In this extract from his forthcoming book, Richard looks at when to use
ems, when to use
rems …and when to use
ch (no, me neither).
If you’re intrigued by the kind of design sprints I wrote about recently, here’s a handy collection of resources to get you going.
A wonderfully thoughtful piece on typography, Jan Tschichold and the web. This really resonated with me:
It’s only been over the past year or so in which I’ve recognised myself as a ‘Web designer’ with a capital W, as I now believe that something happens to information and technology, and even typography itself, when people pass through these interconnected networks and interact with hypertext.
It’s for these reasons that I don’t believe in “digital design” or “designing for screens” and it’s why I’m often attracted to one particular side of this spectrum.
Robin proposes three “principles, suggestions, outlines, or rather things-that-I-ought-to-be nervous-about when setting text on the web”:
- We must prioritise the text over the font, or semantics over style.
- We ought to use and/or make tools that reveal the consequences of typographic decisions.
- We should acknowledge that web typography is only as strong as its weakest point.
There’s an in-depth look at applying progressive enhancement to web type, and every single link in the resources section at the end is worth investigating.
Oh, and of course it’s beautifully typeset.
We have some new
font keywords that are basically shortcuts to using the system fonts on a device. This article explains the details.
A single page showing all the weights available from Google fonts at a glance.
The missing font generator for Mac OS X.
Very handy for subsetting fonts for the web. It doesn’t (yet) export WOFF2 unfortunately.
This is such a delightful story of a brilliant mistake—true typographic nerdery and nostalgia.
Read all the way through for a free gift.
Websites should not come with minimum software requirements.
The video of Richard’s great talk on responsive typography at the Up Front conference.
A long zoom and then a deep dive into web typography.
This was a fun way to spend the day—getting my hands dirty with ink and type.
Google Fonts aren’t renowned for their quality but this is a beautiful demonstration of what you can accomplish with them.
You’ll want to back this—you’ll want to back the hell out of this!
By far the creepiest type experiment I have ever seen.
(Initially it required jQuery but I tweaked it to avoid those dependencies and Yuri very kindly merged my pull request—such a lovely warm feeling when that happens.)
Lea wasn’t happy with the lack of styling and extensibility of the datalist element, so she rolled her own lightweight autocomplete/type-ahead widget, and she’s sharing it with the world.
Smart thinking on optimising the perceived performance of loading web fonts: if you prioritise the most widely-used weight and style (usually the regular roman), and load other weights and styles subsequently, then it appears as though the font is ready sooner.
Smart thinking here on the eternal dilemma with loading web fonts. Filament Group have thought about how the initial experience of the first page load could be quite different to subsequent page loads.
Like caniuse.com, but for typography features. Find out what’s supported in browsers today.
Typeset In The Future is back with another cracking analysis. This time—following on from 2001 and Moon—we’ve got Alien.
In her final recorded message before hypersleep, Ripley notes that she is the sole survivor of the Nostromo. What she forgets to mention is that she has not once in the past two hours encountered any Eurostile Bold Extended.
Many of the free fonts available from Google are pretty bad, but this site showcases how some of them can be used to great effect.
Richard never rants.
Here’s Richard ranting.
Some sleuthing uncovers an interesting twist in New York’s psychogeography:
All of the buildings have been demolished, and in some cases the entire street has since been erased. But a startling picture still emerged: New York once had a neighborhood for typography.
Here’s the font that Brian created at the line-mode browser hack day at CERN.
What a wonderful way to go online!
A cute approach to pairing typefaces: treat it like a dating game.
Okay, this might just be my new favourite blog:
This site is dedicated to all aspects of movie and TV typography and iconography as it appears in Sci-Fi and fantasy movies.
The first post is all about 2001, and the writing is just the right shade of fun.
I’m already looking forward to future posts. (See what I did there?)
A nice little cheat sheet for simple simple typography wins.
Alas, it turns out that it’s reliant on user-agent string sniffing. I guess that’s to be expected: this isn’t something that can be detected directly. Still, it feels a little fragile: whenever you use any user-agent sniffing tool you are entering an arms race that requires you to keep your code constantly updated.
There’s a lot of very opinionated advice here, and I don’t agree with all of it, but this is still a very handy resource that’s been lovingly crafted.
The battle between web fonts and performance. Ian Feather outlines some possible solutions, but of course, as always, the answer is “it depends”.
A wonderful essay about type on the web by Jessica.
Who knew? The reissue of the classic thirteen-part Star Wars radio series was the first appearance of a proto-Proxima Nova.
Vasilis examines the multitude of factors that could influence an ideal measure.
Some handy tips for starting off your responsive designs from the type out.
A lovely new service from Mike Stenhouse: install the bookmarklet and then when you come across a website with a nice combination of fonts, you can save a snapshot of the page (and its fonts) for later perusal. You can then browse those fonts on Typekit, Fontdeck, MyFonts or Google Fonts.
A really nice piece on scale, ratio and rhythms in web design.
A really terrific piece about wireframing for responsive designs. Again, it’s all about the prototypes.
A fascinating look at what happens when you mash up beauty and ugliness in one typeface.
I don’t agree with everything in this presentation—there’s a nostalgic bias to the non-existent “good ol’ days”—but this is still very engaging and thought-provoking.
Trent shares his ideas on handling line lengths in fluid, responsive layouts.
An informative post on ligatures in web type from Elliot. And, oh yeah, he redesigned his site again (it’s unsurprisingly lovely).
An algorithmically-generated font sounds like a terrible idea but I actually quite like the end result.
Mark has put together this rather excellent prototyping tool. It’s basically the V from an MVC system. You can easily move stuff around, change data …all the good stuff you want to do quickly and easily when you’re prototyping in the browser.
Some of these pay-what-you-want fonts are actually rather nice.
Richard starts diving into some the nifty ligatures that are becoming available to us in OpenType fonts with CSS3.
Emigre’s font library is now available as web fonts that you can self-host (providing you take some protective measures with .htaccess). That means Mrs. Eaves is available for the screen. W00t!
Most of these are pretty over the top but they’re good proofs of concept.
Heaven Devoid of Stars – a tale of cross-browser kerning | Clagnut § Browsers · Typography · CSS techniques
Richard dives into the differences in how browsers handle kerning. Be sure to click through to the beautiful finished result.
A great article by guest author Ethan on the various approaches to sizing text in CSS.
A lovely new typeface from Nicole Dotin that’s available to purchase as a web font under the very reasonable terms of the Process license agreement.
Richard would like your help. Take a few minutes to run through a card-sorting exercise to help classify fonts in a more meaningful way.
An insight into Elliot’s current design process which highlights the advantages of designing in the browser when you take a content-first approach.
Take all the fonts on your operating system, superimpose them, and whaddya get? This.
This handy matrix shows the effect of different -webkit-font-smoothing setting on various text combinations (serif/san-serif light/dark, etc.).
Jake’s talk at DIBI earlier this year was absolutely fantastic. It features a rape reference, a story about pissing, and a Human Centipede metaphor.
It’s also very, very informative. Watch this.
Jessica Hische has redesigned her site in a lovely and responsive manner.
A cute idea: see how signs (mostly in Brazil) would look if they were set in Helvetica.
What a great way to sell a book with “explorations” in the title—play around with the font size, leading, alignment (and browser window size).
Mark, Richard and Jon are writing a book together (on web typography, of course). It will undoubtedly be excellent.
Ben Buchanan has a nice round-up of some of the options available when you’re switching over to HTML5.
A browser-based tool for creating HTML prototypes.
A useful bookmarklet that suggests font stacks to match up with the web fonts on whatever page you happen to be viewing.
A beautiful glossary of typographic terms.
A handy bookmarklet that allows you to examine any piece of text on a website to determine what font it is set in.
Syntax for @font-face that’s more bulletproof than the techniques previously considered bulletproof …’till an even more bulletproof syntax comes along.
A handy browser-based way of previewing the fonts installed on your computer.
A somewhat condescending piece of work about Comic Sans …from a designer who uses the oh-so-passé Museo on his personal site.
Live by the judgemental sword, die by the judgemental sword.
If you're at all interested in web typography, be in Brighton on June 17th, 2011.
A handy list of installed fonts on the iPhone and iPad.
It's a type drawer that's also an advent calendar. Responsive too. Check it every day between December 1st and 24th.
Drag the text 'round for a bit of fun.
Lovely typographic showcases from Stan and friends.
The newest web fonts delivery service is a collaboration between five foundries: The Font Bureau, Ascender, Roger Black, Petr van Blokland and DevBridge.
A fantastic blog of letterheads. Some of the typographic choices are perfect.
Cute wearable typography snobbery.
A nice look at some rules of thumb for combining typefaces.
A handy tool that generates font-sizing CSS based on a drag'n'drop interface.
Ascender is selling (and hosting) webfonts now.
Google-hosted free-as-in-beer webfonts.
Get a glimpse behind Fontdeck's curtain.
Microsoft, Mozilla and Opera have formally submitted the WOFF font format to the W3C.
A lovely bit of CSS3.
Here's a Kickstarter project worth supporting: fund a documentary on crafting typefaces.
The most beautiful piece of letterpress art from Cameron thus far.
A thoroughly researched and well-written look at font stacks, with some practical suggestions and advice.