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47 Top Typography Tools and Resources

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? If so, please share your recommendations with other readers in the comments. 1. Founded in 2008, Typekit offers a library of fonts, from old classics to new favorites, which can be used on the web. The browsing interface is well organized. 2. Recently acquired by Monotype, Typecast provides a platform to quickly style type in the browser and check for readability, rendering and beauty as you work. 3. 4. 5. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

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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

About David Margolis - The Slide Guru Hi, I’m David Margolis, the creator of Slide Guru. I’m glad you found your way to my website. As a Presentation Specialist, I’ve spent the last 10 years designing high-level presentations, delivering executive keynotes, developing corporate pitches, creating brand guidelines and innovating presentation systems across a wide variety of industries that include Advertising, Sport, Finance and Telecoms. Over my career I’ve designed over 50,000 slides. On this website you will find an extensive slide gallery, featuring over 1,000 professionally designed slides that I’ve extracted or adapted from my slide portfolio.

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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. 21 Ways To Get Visual Ideas Sharebar When you’re stuck, in a rut or brain drained, it’s hard to be creative on demand. Here are some resources that may give you ideas and strategies for approaches to visual design. You may find inspiration for designing an entire course, a title screen, a job aid or a way to make an abstract concept concrete.

Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #22 Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for July, 2012. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books. A collection of outstanding articles recently posted to blogs, your reading here will be richly rewarded. See the end of this post for links to submit your blog posts for the next carnival, or for participating Bloggers and Featured Bloggers to grab your sidebar badges. Thanks to everyone who participated. 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. The Unicode Standard states that “The universe of symbols is rich and open-ended.”[1] This makes the issue of what symbols to encode and how symbols should be encoded more complicated than the issues surrounding writing systems. Unicode focuses on symbols that make sense in a one-dimensional plain-text context. For example, the typical two-dimensional arrangement of electronic diagram symbols justifies their exclusion.[2] Of course, for adequate treatment in plain text, symbols must also be largely monochromatic.

Illusions in Data Visualization Data visualizations are effective ways for inputting information into a human’s brain, and as Visual Analytics Researcher at Tableau Software and Visual.ly advisor Robert Kosara says, visualizations are what makes our world real. But even when the people who created the visualization are being honest, we can’t always trust what our eyes are showing us. We’ve evolved our visual perceptual system over millions of years (some other animals see optical illusions too) and it is extremely effective at what it does, but it still has some quirks. Sometimes it takes shortcuts to make things efficient, and those shortcuts are exposed in optical illusions. In a data visualization context, illusions are dangerous because they can make us see things that aren’t really there in the data. Good practice helps us to avoid these optical illusions, but occasionally they can still sneak in through design choices, or just quirks in the way data lines up.

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Moving Up The Value Chain: How Digital Publishing Disrupts By Eoin Purcell A good while ago now (nearly 2 and half years I think) I wrote a piece called Whither Publishing In The Twenty Teens? It looked at the changes in publishing which I argued were being driven by digital publishing over the internet. I made a prediction in that post: 3) Quality and curation will deliver rewards (so firing editors may be self-defeating) in the long-term, if you survive the shakeout.

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