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July 2010

Fighting the @font-face FOUT « Paul Irish

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I really don't like the text upgrade FOUT, so I personally prefer webkit's technique. But either way, we want the font loaded ASAP, so let's speed it up!

Introducing Loremify / Tobias Bjerrome Ahlin

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Loremify is a one-click tool to copy Lorem Ipsum. It lets you wrap in html, specify the amount of text, and copy it to your clipboard—all in one click. It runs as a Dashboard Widget in Mac OS X, and is a mere 270kb download.

June 2010

Fred Eerdekens

Entering the artistic space of Fred Eerdekens places the spectator in a semantic landscape in which what one had thought of as stable meanings are continually twisted and turned. What better way to figurize this than by letting the spectators themselves ‘twist and turn’ in trying to make sense of the objects. In spiralling around the objects, they in fact become direct figures of the play of logic that rules the objects. After the linguistic turn, and in the wake of post-structuralist thought, the topography of our mental landscapes has become increasingly intricate. The work of Fred Eerdekens attests to this fact and it provides a conceptual map of this, in many places still unknown territory. /// Corporate Fonts

Linotype vous offre la possibilité de télécharger des caractères dans le cadre d’une zone d’achats protégée par un mot de passe. Cela permet à toute agence ou prestataire de service d’obtenir un accès rapide et pratique aux fontes CorporateType de leurs clients.

Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency: I'm Comic Sans, Asshole.

Listen up. I know the shit you've been saying behind my back. You think I'm stupid. You think I'm immature. You think I'm a malformed, pathetic excuse for a font. Well think again, nerdhole, because I'm Comic Sans, and I'm the best thing to happen to typography since Johannes fucking Gutenberg.

eye | feature : Fashion’s obsessions are mirrored in its typography, From Vogue’s femme serifs to butch Chanel and the hybrid YSL logo

As late as 1955, Vogue covers vacillated between serif and sans serif typefaces, as well as script faces and illustrative, photographic letters. It was after 1955 that the magazine appears to have legislated a consistent use of the all-capitals banner headline set in Didone lettering. Apart from minor details, it has remained absolutely fixed since then, the trade-dress of a powerful international franchise.

Frieze Magazine | Archive | New Faces

It only takes a glance at the cover of any recent Paris Vogue to see that something odd is afoot. There’s the hair for a start. Veering between the lank and the bushy, it never quite achieves the luxuriant waves that are the norm. All around are quirky touches: idiosyncratic typefaces, hand-drawn motifs and even collage. This may not sound like much, but in the context of fashion magazines Paris Vogue is doing more than bucking a trend; it is attempting to shrug off a genre.

Apple - HTML5

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The demos below show how the latest version of Apple’s Safari web browser, new Macs, and new Apple mobile devices all support the capabilities of HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Not all browsers offer this support. But soon other modern browsers will take advantage of these same web standards — and the amazing things they enable web designers to do.

sci.lang.japan : Introduction and Contents

Welcome to the sci.lang.japan Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). This is a list of questions and answers about the Japanese language originally from the Usenet newsgroup sci.lang.japan.

PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” » Archive » The Bunshi School of Edomoji

What vigorous brush strokes! These friendly looking Edomoji, or “Edo characters,” are traditional Japanese fonts that were developed in the Edo Period (1603 to 1868). Today, they haven’t lost their attraction! Now, PingMag talks to self-taught calligrapher Bunshi Tachikawa who got so much into Edomoji that he threw his experience as graphic designer over board and created a brand new style himself – now known as the Bunshi School of Edomoji. A brand new school!

May 2010


Without difficulty, Japanese people use a combination of four different types of character systems: kanji,hiragana, katakana, and the English alphabet. This is a very unusual system not seen in any other country in the world. Each of the kanji characters, forming the core of the Japanese writing system, usually serves also as a word. Elements of Japanese culture have been embedded in these kanji characters through their forms and images. In addition,most kanji characters have two or more pronunciations and a variety of meanings.

Google Font Directory

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The Google Font Directory lets you browse all the fonts available via the Google Font API. All fonts in the directory are available for use on your website under an open source license and served by Google servers.

Typekit and Google Announce Open Source Collaboration « The Typekit Blog

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Using real fonts on the web is no longer something to look forward to – the technology is ready, the industry has responded, and designers are building sites with them every day. We are excited to be part of this shift in how the web works, and we’re happy to be able to give back to the community through open source.

Font Finder :: Add-ons for Firefox

FontFinder is created for designers, developers and typographers. It allows a user to analyze the font information of any element on a page, copy any piece(s) of that information to the clipboard, and perform inline replacements to test new layouts.

April 2010


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Helvetireader is a hosted user stylesheet for Google Reader served via a user-script. It aims to make the interface a clean, minimal experience where you're not assaulted by an array of colours, social features and buttons (using Shortcuts instead). It's designed for people who just read the latest entries in expanded view without all the other gubbins.

Boing Boing’s Redesign Uncovers the Dark Side of Web Fonts | Webmonkey |

So does that mean there isn’t going to be a way to use @font-face until Windows XP is a dim memory? Well you could always use JavaScript to detect the operating system and selectively applying @font-face to an OS that can render it. That (among other things, like licensing complexities) is one of the potential problems startups like the TypeKit project are hoping to solve.

How to Detect Font-Smoothing Using JavaScript

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Testing font-smoothing in most Windows web browsers is easy since it can be turned off inside the Display control panel. However, when using Safari for Windows, it is necessary to navigate inside Safari’s Appearance preferences and set the Font-smoothing option to Windows Standard.

Font Squirrel | Create Your Own @font-face Kits

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Usage: Click the "Add Fonts" button and select all the TTF and OTF fonts you want in the @font-face kit. Choose your option then click the download button at the bottom. Voila! See the release notes below for updates. The download button won't appear until you check the agreement box.

Mo’ Bulletproofer @Font-Face CSS Syntax

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Now that web fonts are supported in Firefox 3.5 and 3.6, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera 10.5, and Chrome, web authors face new questions: How do these implementations differ? What CSS techniques will accommodate all? Firefox developer John Daggett recently posted a little roundup about these issues and the workarounds that are being explored.

FF DIN Web Pro | Font Download | FontShop

Web fonts are optimized for use on the web and will work only in web browsers.

Buy fonts at FontShop, host them on Typekit « The Typekit Blog

It’s hard to believe that it has only been three months since we launched Typekit — so much has happened in the webfont world in such a short time. We’ve been inspired recently by beautiful redesigns, increasingly sophisticated browser support, and many more foundries choosing to embrace @font-face.

Standard Time

70 workers are building a wooden 4 x 12 m "digital" time display in real time: a work that involves 1611 changes within 24 hour period. Seamlessly documented and shot on video, a 24 hours movie or clock is now available. Standard Time is an artwork of Mark Formanek, realized by Datenstrudel.