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April 2010

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

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

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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.

March 2010

My Love/Hate Affair With Typekit – Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report

Georgia and Verdana, Lucida and (to a lesser extent) Arial and Times New Roman have served us well. For fifteen years, these cross-platform default fonts have been faithful stewards of our desire to read, write, design, and publish web pages. Yet we designers have always wanted more. As far back as 1994, we hoped for the day when we could brand our layouts as magazine and poster designers do, by setting our pages in Franklin or Garamond, our headlines in Futura or Rosewood. And since 1998, CSS2 has provided a standard way to embed any typeface, not just the fab five, on a web page.

February 2010

H&FJ News | Hoefler & Frere-Jones

The Hamilton Manufacturing Co. traces its roots back to the very first wood types made in the United States. Darius Wells produced the first American wood type in 1828; his business was reorganized into Wells & Webb, then acquired by William Page, later passing back to the Wells family, and finally sold to Hamilton sometime before 1880. The product of this consolidation was a type specimen book issued in 1900, Hamilton’s Catalogue No. 14, which offers a good survey of American display typography of the nineteenth century.

cufón - fonts for the people

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Cufón aims to become a worthy alternative to sIFR, which despite its merits still remains painfully tricky to set up and use. To achieve this ambitious goal the following requirements were set: 1. No plug-ins required – it can only use features natively supported by the client 2. Compatibility – it has to work on every major browser on the market 3. Ease of use – no or near-zero configuration needed for standard use cases 4. Speed – it has to be fast, even for sufficiently large amounts of text And now, after nearly a year of planning and research we believe that these requirements have been met.

January 2010

Web Open Font Format for Firefox 3.6 ✩ Mozilla Hacks – the Web developer blog

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This article was written by John Daggett. John is a Mozilla contributor and has been working hard with font creators and web developers to improve the state of fonts on the web. This article is a high-level overview of whats different and shows some examples of WOFF in use. A full list of other supporting organizations can be found at the official Mozilla Blog.

Web typography - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Web Open Font Format (WOFF), a format developed during 2009, is essentially a wrapper that contains sfnt-based fonts (TrueType, OpenType or Open Font Format) that have been compressed using a WOFF encoding tool to enable them to be embedded in a web page.[8]. The format uses zip compression[9], typically resulting in a filesize reduction from ttf of over 40%[10] The format has received the backing of many of the main font foundries[11] and, on October 20th, 2009, Mozilla announced that it would provide support for WOFF in Firefox 3.6.[12] During the October 2009 Typ09 conference, Microsoft were reported as saying that they were 'considering' supporting WOFF in Internet Explorer 9.[13] WOFF is "a strong favourite" for standardization by the W3C Web Fonts Working Group.[14]

Fontdeck

Clearleft and OmniTi present Fontdeck, a web service delivering real fonts to your website.

the Movie title stills collection

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I've seen a lot of movies over the years, and to prove I've sat through at least the first ten minutes of them I started making screenshots of the titles. Then my computer crashed and I almost lost them all. To save them for future generations I created this little website.

Typodarium

Typodarium brings daily typographic inspiration to creative types around the world. This is the first tear-off calendar showcasing 365 different fonts. Discover a new font everyday, learn the background behind its creation and several other interesting details. Foundries and designers from all over the world are asked to contribute with their favorite fonts. The front page, which is classic and functional, shows the date, while the reverse side diplays the background info, designers and reference sources. Now, every day becomes a typography day and some calendar pages become a font shopping list.

Fontdeck

Clearleft and OmniTi present Fontdeck, a web service delivering real fonts to your website.

Simon Collison | Colly | Journal | Redesigning the undesigned

For two years—and with much embarrassment, I have been apologising for my undesigned blog. Well, no more shall I blush. To mark this fourth redesign and rebuild, I’ve decided to detail my inspiration, ideas, processes, type and design choices—and hopefully explain what this miscellany thing is all about.

The League’s Typelog

The League’s Typelog is a place where people and ideas come together. We collect different ideas and type projects, not only to inspire people, but to spark collaborations among type-enthusiasts everywhere.

Best of 2009 – Last.fm

The hottest new music based on your scrobbles

Pentagram - What type are you?

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After entering your name and the password (character), the video proctor asks you a series of four questions that you click to answer on the left. Afterwards, it diagnoses your personality type, likens you to a typeface, and gives you a brief history of your kindred font. Neat.

Graffiti Analysis

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Graffiti Analysis is an extensive ongoing study in the motion of graffiti. Custom software designed for graffiti writers creates visualizations of the often unseen motion involved in the creation of a tag.