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Fonted.

From a while back now, but always relevant: Google apparently uses embedded fonts to track iOS users.

It’s worth noting this also applies to Google’s webfonts (what, you thought they were offering them free out of a burning love of webdesign?).

(Disclaimer: I still use Google Fonts quite extensively because, well. It is just easier than the alternatives; modern browsers can make embedding fonts actually pretty difficult. But yeah Google’s library is definitely A Tracking Thing.)

2019-10-28T09:06:11+11:0018th February, 2020|Tags: fonts, google, privacy|

Woodblock.

Really interesting font made by studying the English lettering in 19th century Japanese woodblock prints.

Modern English letters are, of course, based on the forms Romans developed to carve into marble, with what we now call lowercase creeping in during the merging of that script with Old English’s former, brief use of Anglo-Saxon fuþorc (a.k.a. runes) during the period when Christian missionaries started handwriting a lot. And it’s always interesting to me how the use of physical tools and materials—stone carving, quills, brushes, woodblock carving, metal movable type, and now biros and digital type—influence the shape and aesthetics of written language over time…

2019-10-23T08:30:45+11:002nd February, 2020|Tags: design, fonts, typography|

Literata.

Literata on a device.

Literata on a device.

Google commissioned a new font for its ereader app, and that font is really, really nice.

Shitty typography in ereaders is my pet hate, and it’s the main reason I a) don’t use Kindle, and b) do use calbre to reformat most of my ebook downloads. It’s not like I’m asking much. Just, yanno:

  • fonts that don’t suck
  • variable, or at least decently generous, line heights1
  • no justified fucking text2

Basically, stop formatting ebooks like they’re books and start formatting them like they’re webpapges. Which they are literally are (ereaders use an HTML variant for markup).

  1. This one bugs me a lot. Super-compressed line heights in printed books are there to save paper and reduce the costs of printing. You’ll note this is not a problem that exists for ebooks, and yet you wouldn’t know it from glancing at the type alone. Guh. []
  2. Seriously. What are we all? 17 year old girls forming cliques around blog design choices? Because that’s literally the last time I had this argument. For the record, I was vehemently for justified text at the time and I was wrong. Super, super wrong. []
2019-12-18T10:03:15+11:0017th July, 2015|Tags: design, fonts, google, typography|

Typefaces of 2014.

Getting a real kind of retro 1950’s vibe from a lot of these. Very nice collection, though.

2018-07-27T14:20:01+10:0019th April, 2015|Tags: design, fonts, typography|

Font design 101.

Really interesting talk from Matthew Carter, who you may know better as the guy who designed Verdana and Georgia.

I remember back in Ye Oldene Dayes of CRT monitors and Internet Explorer 4, everyone used <font face="verdana" size="1">. “Size 1” Verdana is something like 10px-ish in modern definitions, and everyone used it because, on screens without anti-aliasing, it made beautiful, clean, easily-distinguishable letters. All these years later, listening to Carter talk here, I realise why.

A lot of effort went into designing those typefaces. And a lot of people appreciated it, even if they didn’t really realise why.

2014-06-28T05:58:25+10:0028th June, 2014|Tags: fonts, typography|