Archive for the ‘Typography’ Category


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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Font Types and Formats

Typography is the art of use and modifying fonts by using a variety of illustration techniques. This art becoming more important day after day becouse you are forced to deal with on a daily basis in everywhere from newspapers, magazines and books to websites and webfonts services. So, This article is going to help you explaining the different kinds of fonts and which formats are used for fonts.

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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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Arabic Latin Logo Adaptation

I find it most irritating to look at all those badly done Arabic versions of there Latin counterparts. The lack attention given to detail that will in some cases even make the Arabic logo stronger than their Latin original. As graphic designers and visual communicators we need to step up and start working harder to strengthen the Arab script visual identity. We can no longer say that the market knows no better… That is an excuse for either our lack of time, ability, or effort. Nothing more…

In this article we will attempt to highlight only a few points that maybe able to help us achieve this. To do this we have to start from the beginning. So before starting with anything, lets quickly recap a little history of the Arabic script and its rules…

Some History

Arabic script includes many languages and it is the second most commonly used script after Latin. It includes 28 basic letters, and is the only script that still uses its vocalisation marks as a means to differentiate some words from others. It also includes countries such as Afghanistan, Arab countries, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Indian regions where the Pashtu language is used.

Islamic calligraphy mainly became an art during the Islamic empire, not only because of religious belief, but also due to the weight the calligrapher felt when writing the “word” of God. A calligrapher by the name of ‘Ibn Muqla’ was the first to perfect Islamic calligraphy by creating proportions and standardising Arabic letters. It was called the “Alif Module”.

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