Almost a year ago, Ty Gossman over at Stylegala asked me to write an article about elastic layouts. The best I could do was a quick email between work. I always meant to come good on that.
Choices, Choices, Choices [ So You Want to Create a Font — Part 1 ] T he sheer number of fonts out there ( MyFonts.com sells over fifty-five thousand) is a testament to the fact that there are nearly an infinitude of creative choices that can be made when designing a font. So you want to create a font. Part 2
Making Geometric Type Work | Typography Commentary For graphic designers beginning to experiment in type design, a geometric or modular typeface is a natural starting point. Illustrator and other programs offer a simple collection of elements such as circles, squares, and triangles which can be combined to create a passable alphabet. This is the same route I took when dissatisfied with the limits of commercial fonts at the time. I twisted and distorted each character to fit into a few simple, incredibly strict rules of construction.
Improved handling of kerning pairs and ligatures in modern browsers using the text-rendering: optimizeLegibility; declaration. The declaration is currently supported by: Safari 5, The Webkit Nightlies & Chrome. Firefox already uses optimizeLegibility by default for text sizes above 20px. Caveats Paul Irish was so kind as to pass on a few bugs that have surfaced. In recent versions of Chromium, mixing optimizeLegibility and font-variant: small-caps will cause the small-caps to not render. Cross-browser kerning-pairs & ligatures
GitHub 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: