Web Typography: Educational Resources, Tools and Techniques Web typography has evolved a lot over the last years. Today we see rich, accessible typography, a plethora of type design choices for the web and a number of remarkable, type-based web designs. It’s a great time for web design, and it’s a great time for web typography. Still, being as excited as we are, we should not forget about the foundational principles of good type design on the web and use them properly within our projects. Great choice is good, but, most importantly, we should be making meaningful typographic choices in our designs. In this post we present an extensive overview of educational resources, tools, articles, techniques and showcases all related to web typography.
FontFriend – Soma Design FontFriend is a bookmarklet for typographically obsessed web designers. It enables rapid checking of fonts and font styles directly in the browser without editing code and refreshing pages, making it the ideal companion for creating CSS font stacks. 2.0’s killer feature is instant drag-and-drop font previewing right in the browser (Firefox 3.6+, Chrome 7+), in any document you’re currently viewing. Version 2.5 and 3.0 introduced some new features that aren’t documented here yet. Click the version numbers to see the release announcements for each. How To Begin First, drag the following link to your browser toolbar:
The 100 best free fonts This list represents the 100 best free fonts we've found in a variety of styles. We have many other articles covering specialist font types including handwriting fonts, graffiti fonts, web fonts and more, but we have sectioned our main list under these styles: Most of the typeface collections listed here can be used in your projects, but please be sure to check the terms. 50+ Fonts Typography Posters for Design Inspiration Fonts Typography Posters has always been a fundamental aspect of inspiration, but many designers are now making type the centerpiece of their designs. Not only is typography becoming the design, but type is being pushed to the limits by being used in cool new ways such as Fonts typography. Designers have been dabbling in fonts typography effects for a while, so here are some new type projects you may not have seen yet form the online design community. Fonts Typographic posters is now more popular and we can notice a surge for Fonts Type work on portfolio sites, Poster printing is also most important part of poster designing.
Articles & Essays - TypeCulture® The Design of Multilingual Type Families Written by: Jonathan Perez Type designers often strive for a new interpretation of letter forms, but Jonathan Perez seems just as interested in developing new design processes to better address an era of increasing multilingual communication and the rise in diversity of non-Latin scripts. In this article, he shares the strategies and decisions made while designing a typeface family in collaboration with a team of type designers specializing in different writing systems.
Top Links to Fonts for Your Self-Published Book One of the most often-asked questions on the blog is: “What text font should I use for my book?” In fact, this question comes up so often I’ve written quite a few articles on the subject. But like most blogs, these posts can be hard to find in the dark reaches of the archives. After writing earlier this week about the posts with the most blog comments, I realized that I had never brought all these articles together in one place. 35 Free Big, Bold, and Beautiful Headline Fonts – You The Designer Resources November 15, 2014 [This post was originally published on September 14, 2010 by Ronald Bien] The headline is the first thing that we see in every article.
Inconspicuous vertical metrics by Alec Julien Five? There are generally taken to be five vertical measures of note in type design (from bottom to top): descender, baseline, midline*, caps-height, and ascender. But if you delve into the minutiae of font design, you soon discover that there are a slew of important vertical metrics that aren’t much talked about. 47 Top Typography Tools and Resources Typography is the foundation of design on the web. Back in 2006, designer and founder of iA Oliver Reichenstein even went so far as to proclaim "web design is 95% typography." It's imperative, then, to have a thorough, grounded education in optimizing and utilizing typography to create a balanced, harmonious, accessible hierarchy of content, when working on the web. To help you improve and learn more about typography, we have compiled 25 useful tools and resources, from fundamentals to modular scales. Have we left out your favorite typography tool or resource?
☙ Theory Lesson Listing Writing Writing roman and itallic letterforms with the broad edged and the pointed nib dip pen forms a solid foundation for all further study of type. The instruction is simple and craft oriented. Getting aquainted with the pen and it's behavior on paper informs all future design endeavors. Unicode symbols In computing, a Unicode symbol is a Unicode character which is not part of a script used to write a natural language, but can be used as part of a text.[according to whom?] Many of the symbols are drawn from existing character sets or ISO or other national and international standards.
Typographer's Glossary Serif: Serif's are semi-structural details on the ends of some of the strokes that make up letters and symbols. A typeface that has serifs is called a serif typeface (or seriffed typeface). Some of the main classifications of Serif type are: Blackletter, Venetian, Garalde, Modern, Slab Serif, Transitional, and Informal. 25 Classic Fonts That Will Last a Whole Design Career Eric Gill, Adrian Frutiger and Max Miedinger are names we associate with the classic typefaces designers use on a daily basis. Their font creations are timeless designs that look right at home no matter what century we’re in. This collection of 25 classic fonts is a round up of the best and most popular fonts every designer should own. You can be sure that they will last your whole design career. Who hasn’t heard of Helvetica? It’s probably the most recognised classic typeface.