Archive for the ‘Typography’ Category


Responsive Typography is Easy with WebRTC

Responsive Typography

Have you ever noticed that a favorite website of yours looks different when viewed in your mobile browser as opposed to your laptop’s browser? Perhaps the buttons are larger and easier to view in the mobile browser, or the text is larger than it is when viewed from a laptop? These changes in web design are called responsive design, and they have sprung up in response to the wide variety of devices that consumers now use to browse the internet.

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Font Readability and Legibility

Although the two terms are often used interchangeably, readability and legibility are actually two quite different terms. Readability pertains to how easily words, sentences, and entire blocks of texts can be read by the average reader. The more readable a text is, the less energy someone has to expend while reading. Legibility, on the other hand, is a measure of how easy it is for the reader to distinguish one letter or character in a text from another. More legible fonts usually have higher x-heights, which is a topic that will be discussed later on.
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Panose Classification

PANOSE Classification in FontLab

PANOSE is a system for classifying fonts based on their structural characteristics. It was originally developed by Benjamin Bauermeister. The premise of PANOSE is that, by quantifying the characteristics of a font according to the system, one can identify the closest matching font in a group.
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The Nuances of Creating Fonts for The Web

AIGA’s biennial design conference Pivot has more that 1,500 attendances this year from designers, educators and students in three-day event focused on the changing nature of the design industry. Including inspiring sessions, practical workshops and in-depth discussion.
Jonathan Hoefler, The typeface designer who specializes in the design of original typefaces was one of the speaker at Pivot. He talked about the new generation of fonts. He is described the nuances of creating fonts for the web and how it’s not just a matter of browsers and rasterizers. It is worth watching video for all designers. Enjoy

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The Ultimate Guide to Open Font License

Open Font License is a special type of open source license that SIL International designed for use with their Unicode fonts and other associated software with the purpose of enabling the growth of a real open typographic community. According to the Free Software Foundation, OFL is free and fonts using it may be distributed with different computer programs. It is the only type of license that is compatible with digital font characteristics, including how they are designed and used. The first version was released on September 5, 2005.

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Elementar Font System

The screen and printer usually used different resolutions. In additional to the differences between operating systems. For example: Apple Mac has a default resolution of 72 dpi, and a Windows PC a default resolution of 96 dpi, whereas printed material is likely to have a resolution of 1200 dpi and upwards. So, The font that designed in scalable size (bezier-curves) does not look good on low resolution monitors because there were not enough pixels available to display the subtlety and style inherent within the font descriptions.

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More Perfect Typography with Tim Brown

Tim Brown is the Type Manager for Typekit and one of the leaders in the field of typography. The following is a summarization of a presentation by Brown that was shot for a recent edition of ‘Build’. Throughout the video, Brown explains the importance of typography in creating an experience through the use of modular scales and the use of typeface which plays a huge part in setting the tone of a layout.

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