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01Feb

How Designers Feel About HTML5 Logo

HTML5, the upcoming major revision to the HTML coding language, has been given a logo of its own by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the international standards organization of the web. This logo, designed by Ocupop, was unveiled on January 18th, and depicts the letters “HTML” in bold letters above a shield or badge with the number 5 inside of it. This logo, unlike the previous HTML logos, is not meant to connote the validity of a website, or adherence to certain web design standards, but instead is meant to generate interest in HTML5 and support for its use in the future. This logo represents HTML5, the cornerstone for modern Web applications.

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21Dec

7 Tips Summarizing Type Rendering

Based on more than one year of groundbreaking research, user input and expert interviews, Typekit has compiled a comprehensive, seven-part series designed to help designers navigate the ins and outs of text rendering on web platforms. This article summarizes the content included in each part of the series with tips to maximize hinting, antialiasing, layout and type settings for spectacular rendering results.

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30Nov

Outstanding Questions About Copyright And Trademark

Logo and Brand identity designers have enough on their plates without worrying about copyright infringement and trademark lawsuits, but that is just what they will have if they aren’t acquainted with some of the questions and misconceptions concerning copyright and trademark. It isn’t rocket science by any means but it is involved and the boundaries do cross here and there and care needs to be taken to tread the straight and narrow concerning the boundaries. After reading a definition of copyright and trademark, how does the logo and brand identity designers recognize the pitfalls and avoid them? When the designer has done all he can do, at what point does legal counsel enter the picture?

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08Sep

From TypeKit To Google Font API: The Road To Web Fonts

In the early 1990s when Tim Berners-Lee wrote the proposal to the World Wide Web and implemented the first web server, content reigned over aesthetics. The early days of web design didn’t consist of much more beyond a few bolded headlines, italicized words, and page breaks. There were no real choices to be made as far as how a user wanted to display text, and one certainly could not choose any particular font they wanted to use. Depending on the platform, certain fonts matched up with their respective operating system’s font choices.

Currently, this still exists to some extent. Windows users, by default, have a handful of fonts available to them to use: Verdana, Tahoma, and Arial are three of the most-commonly installed on any given system. Mac users have Helvetica available to them as a default choice, as well as Monaco. Linux users don’t have quite the same range as either Windows or Mac users, so they make up for this by using freely available fonts that are clear and concise, but aren’t as well-known as those previously mentioned.

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