Raised and Dropped Initials
August 05, 2015
Even before Gutenberg invented the craft of typography, fancy initials were used to begin chapters and decorate pages in medieval manuscripts.
Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts for January 2016
February 08, 2016
Some typophiles trace the heritage of the ITC Avant Garde Gothic® family to the geometric sans serif typefaces produced by Bauhaus designers in the mid-1920s. Actually, the design has its foundation in the first sanserif ever produced: a cap-only face issued by the Caslon Type...
Tricky Type Terms
April 26, 2012
Typographic terminology is sometimes very specific, and the nuances can be confusing. Here are three pairs of terms that are frequently misunderstood. They are related, but refer to different things. Understanding the distinctions will enable you to communicate more clearly, typographically speaking. This ...
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Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts for January 2016
Some typophiles trace the heritage of the ITC Avant Garde Gothic® family to the geometric sans serif typefaces produced by Bauhaus designers in the mid-1920s. Actually, the design has its foundation in the first sanserif ever produced: a cap-only face issued by the Caslon Type Foundry in 1816. The characters in this design set the […]
Making Initial Letters Part III: Fine Tuning & Fun
In Part I and Part II of this Initial Letters series, we looked at raised initials that sit on the baseline and dropped initials (also called drop caps) that sit below the baseline. In this final installment, not only will we dive deeper into testing and adjusting raised initials and drop caps across browsers using […]
Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts for December 2015
The University Roman™ typeface design began life as a lettering sample in a Speedball Lettering™ book of the late 1930s. Called “Stunt Roman” in the Speedball book, the name was changed when the design was first released as a phototype font in the early 1970s. Its decorative shapes and swash-like characters immediately caught the attention […]
Making Initial Letters Part II: Dropped Initials
Both raised initials and dropped initials can add gusto to a website, giving readers a monumental letter to kick start the reading experience. Having learned about raised initials and styling them for the Web in Part I of this series, readers should be ready to move on to the bigger challenges awaiting them with dropped […]
Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts for November 2015
When Adrian Frutiger designed the Avenir® typeface, his goal was not to just to add another minimalist sans serif to the pantheon of geometric designs. “As a starting point, I set myself the task of rendering more human circular shapes that had been drawn using compasses,” he explains. “I sat myself down in a small, […]
Introducing the Foundation Collection
Whether a cabinetmaker, chef, or photographer, artisans choose their tools carefully. Good tools make the job go easier and can improve the quality of the finished product. So it is with graphic designers and their fonts. It’s pretty difficult to design a lengthy document without a high legibility typeface or a wedding invitation without a […]
THIS IS NOT A DRILL – #FONTACULAR IS BACK!
You’ve waited over a year. The time is now. Sound the horns and raise the banners! #FONTACULAR. IS. BACK. Hold onto your hat, dearest reader, for you’re in store for five glorious days of epic typographic discounts! Let us dawdle no more, here’s some of what our first day of #Fontacular has waiting for you: Sally […]
Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts for October 2015
Whether you call them slab serif, square serif, or Egyptian, you know them when you see them — sturdy, nearly monoweight designs with blunt, straight-edged serifs and a no-nonsense attitude. The Rockwell® family of typefaces is a fine example of this appealing and eminently usable style. Rockwell fonts continue to prove themselves as a robust […]
Making Initial Letters Part I: Raised Initials
Initial letters, such as raised initials and dropped initials, aren’t just for styling typography in print. Initial letters on the Web can help break up the monotony of a one-size-fits all layout, where instead of having type look the same from start to finish, you add some upsized typography to your palette. It’s the little […]
Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts for September 2015
Web fonts often have to work in tight quarters. Laptop and smart phone screens can pose a challenge when you have more than a couple of words to say, and not much screen real estate to say it. At times like these, the Neue Helvetica® Compressed typeface (number 22 on last month’s to 100 Web […]