Typography Blogs For Your Inspiration

By Joel Reyes

Some say that web design without typography is like an orange without its peel, it just isn’t complete. Typography encompasses the reality of effective web design and achieves success in creating web page identity, eye-catching sites, and the enhancement of visual appearance.

Typography is much more then the “art of text”, it’s the evolution of creativity within simple to intricate web designs. One can say that a good architecture needs great support, the same concept can be applied to web design in the sense that a good blog could do without the use of typography, but an astounding one could use the creative support.

Typography leaves you with the option of bringing together simple creativity with unique and effective communication in order to get your blog or sites main focus across. Now, with all of this information at hand here are some fantastic typography-related blogs that will allow you to expand your knowledge base of what typography really is.

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A new year and a thank you

Happy New Year everyone!

This is a thank you to all my clients, present and past, and to those of you in the future.
I made this just for you. Yes you! Isn’t that nice of me?

Word of mouth is the best referral! I appreciate anyone you can direct my way.
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Enjoy the desktop calendar that I designed.

 

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Here is all you need to do:

1. Download the PDF file
2. Print out on your desktop printer
3. Cut out each month’s page along the guides
4. use an empty CD jewel case as a stand

Voila! That’s it. Instant, stylish calendar for your desk or kitchen counter.

Plus, it’s free for your personal use.

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All images, text and files are property of © 2009 HRD Design

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Wordle Typography

I love this site. Could it be because typography is a natural love of mine? I think so.

[I wonder why]

Graphic design (my career) and typography go hand in hand. Like peanut butter & jelly, milk & cookies, Chinese food & chocolate pudding, Britney Spears & paparazzi.

[Whaaa?] Are the three of you still reading?

The last one might be true, but I wasn’t serious about that one, or the Chinese food and chocolate pudding (courtesy of Talladega Nights). Come on! When have I written a post about BS or the paparazzi? Okay, maybe I’ve written some B.S. but not about the person.

If you haven’t checked Wordle out before, you ought to do so now. Well, maybe not right now. I say that, because it’s fun and if you need to be working I would suggest you wait until later.

Yeah I wasted umpteen hours some time with it the other day. I don’t have any excuses, other than the fact that it was Friday, at the end of my day. I won’t tell my boss *cough*me*cough* if you don’t.

[grins]

Wordle will waste. your. time. but you will have fun with it.

You can type in your blog address, and it will compose an “image” from the words used in your posts. The larger words are used most often, and the smaller ones are used less. Like a tag/label cloud.

Click on random a few times to get an idea of what options there are.

See?


Another way is to type your own words. To have some words appear larger, you need to type them more than once. I liked being able to include things that I value and enjoy, and then see them show up randomly.

You can even pick your own colors. I’m such a perfectionist when it comes to design and color that I wanted it to match my personal blog. “L-for lame love!” I know.


Enjoy!

Which Font Format Should You Use?

Font Formats Demystified
By Pamela Stevens

The most important aspect of choosing the right font for a project is the format. Most font providers offer several formats including TrueType, OpenType, PostScript and their variations.

Well-known software developers created three of the most popular fonts formats for their software. As technology evolved, worldwide use influenced the change to compatibility between font formats and software, printers, browsers and operating systems. Global use has also required that fonts include character sets for non-Latin or non-Roman type languages, including Arabic, CE fonts, Western Roman or Baltic as well as those that read right to left.

Briefly outlined below are the most common font formats, including the entity that developed the font, the advantages and limitations as well as a few of their variations.

TrueType

Development

Apple computer originally designed TrueType, now used by both Apple and Microsoft.

Advantages

This font format often is the easiest to use for inexperienced designers who do not need special characters (such as those used in non-Latin languages). This font is also compatible with the software developed by Macintosh and Microsoft. TrueType fonts include screen and printer font data in a single component.

Limitations

Although the quality of TrueType fonts are usually competitive, an ESQ font may be a better choice for a project that requires above standard on-screen clarity. This font format is not as capable as OpenType when it comes to expanded character sets.

Variations

• TrueType GX: Originally developed with QuickDraw GX for the MacOS.
• Enhanced Screen Quality (ESQ): Developed specifically to appear clearly on a computer monitor while maintaining the typeface’s original design.

OpenType

Development

Adobe and Microsoft designed OpenType. This font format supports the storage of up to 65,000 characters to include expanded character sets.

Advantages

This font format is cross-platform compatible with Windows 2000 or higher and Macintosh OSX or higher and supports international character sets. Newly developed OpenType fonts often include special glyphs such as ligatures, titling or swash characters, old style figures, small caps, fractions and historic glyphs.

Limitations

Since this is one of the newest font formats, they are not compatible with some of the older applications. In addition, some fonts are simply converted TrueType fonts and do not include the expanded character sets. However, Adobe InDesign 2.0, Illustrator, Photoshop 7.0, Quark Xpress 7.0 and the newest version of Microsoft Word are among the programs that work with this new font format.

Variations

• Unicode: Currently the best choice for non-Latin language character sets. This variation of OpenType can contain more than 65,000 glyphs making it useful for many world language sets. This font format can accommodate Central and Eastern European languages, Cyrillic, Greek, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew and Arabic. Please note that fonts for languages written from right to left may benefit from special applications and/or system support to function to its fullest.
• OpenType CFF (OpenType PostScript Flavored): Character sets are compatible with many platforms and support over 45 different roman type languages.
• OpenType Pr A common term used for the OpenType fonts that do not contain the expanded character sets.

PostScript

Development

Adobe originally constructed postscript to communicate graphic print instructions to printers.

Advantages

Since Adobe developed this font, it is the best choice for those who use Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Secondly, given that this font format was developed with printers in mind it may be a good choice for those that have a printing project.

Limitations

Operating systems that predate Windows 2000 must also have an Adobe Type Manager to utilize these fonts.

Variations

• Adobe® PostScript® 3™ (U.S.): The formalized, legal name of the Adobe owned font format.
• PostScript Type 1: Adobe PostScript Type 1 is the standard for digital type fonts (International Standards Organization outline font standard, ISO 9541).

Although all of these formats are widely used, some have obvious advantages over others. In the near future, it is likely that OpenType, in its Unicode form, will emerge as the globally compatible font format leader because of its ability to support any language.

References

Adobe. Font formats.

http://www.adobe.co.uk/type/topics/info9.html.

Halley, A.ESQ fonts.

http://www.fonts.com/AboutFonts/FontTechnologies/ESQ_Allan.htm.

Linotype. What is Opentype?.

http://www.linotype.com/7-2155-7-16783/whatisopentype.html.

What is Truetype?.

http://www.microsoft.com/typography/WhatIsTrueType.mspx.

Fonts.com. Which fonts should I order?

http://www.fonts.com/AboutFonts/Help/FontFormats.htm.

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Happy Typography Day!

Did you know that today is Typography Day 2008?

No? I didn’t either, until I stumbled upon the article below. I’m sure there are a few others who didn’t know about it either. That’s probably because it’s being held in Powai, Mumbai.

As part of the golden jubilee celebrations of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, “Typography Day 2008″ will be held on Friday, 28 March and Saturday 29 March 2008 at the IDC, IIT Bombay, in Powai, Mumbai.

Typography Day 2008 event will include a seminar which will be devoted to addressing issues faced by type designers, type users and type educators.

The program will feature presentations, along with a whole day of workshops dedicated to typography.

The seminar will include “Professor R K Joshi memorial keynote address” in honour of Professor R K Joshi.

The event has been envisaged to provide an opportunity to interact with leading men and women working in the field of typography in India.

You can find out more here.

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