Raised and Dropped Initials
August 5, 2015
Even before Gutenberg invented the craft of typography, fancy initials were used to begin chapters and decorate pages in medieval manuscripts.
Heading in the Right Direction
November 14, 2016
What’s the first thing your visitors read when they come to your site? It should not be a Flash animation announcing its loading time. If it is, you need to update your site—immediately! Moreover, you need to think type first because that’s what readers are heading for: the typography. Thin...
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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Heading in the Right Direction
What’s the first thing your visitors read when they come to your site? It should not be a Flash animation announcing its loading time. If it is, you need to update your site—immediately! Moreover, you need to think type first because that’s what readers are heading for: the typography. Thinking type first and considering hierarchy, […]
Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts for October 2016
All the beauty of 18th century classic typeface designs, but adapted for today’s typographic requirements—that’s the ITC Fenice® family, by Aldo Novarese. Based on the Bodoni model but warmer and much easier to use, this neoclassical classic sits at number 58 in last month’s Top 100 Web Fonts list. ITC Fenice’s 18th century predecessors are […]
Between: A New Type Family With Three States of Being
Monotype’s new Between™ typeface may seem to have an odd name – until you learn what it is all about. There are three states to Akira Kobayashi’s newest design and, while different from each other, they all offer a human-centered design to ensure that copy set in them is approachable and friendly. It’s this ability […]
Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts for September 2016
The Futura® typeface family was designed almost 90 years ago as fonts of hand-set metal type. It was made available for phototypesetting equipment about 50 years ago, as digital fonts over 20 years ago, and was one of the first typefaces to be made available as web fonts. Consistently popular over its octogenarian lifespan, Futura […]
The Reinvention of a Classic Geometric Sans
The Neue Kabel® typeface family, from Marc Schütz, takes the calligraphic charm of Rudolf Koch’s 1927 design and restifies it for the 21st century. Kabel was first released as just one weight and grew to a family of 9 designs over several years. Unlike most contemporary typefaces, however, the various versions of the first Kabel family […]
Punching Up Web Typography with Capital Letters
When it comes to text messages and emails, we usually interpret all capital letters, known as all caps, as YELLING. But setting your headlines, leads, and short pull quotes in all caps can punch up your layouts, and get a hold of your readers. It adds another level of typographic hierarchy too. And there’s also […]
Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts for August 2016
“ITC Lubalin Graph® is a design that wears well. It doesn’t tire the eye or become dated. It is attractive, distinctive and ultimately utilitarian – a product of the combined genius of the late 20th century’s most creative and prolific type designers.” The preceding paragraph appeared over 30 years ago in ITC’s seminal publication U&lc […]
An Expanded Reach for the Quitador Family
Sometimes there are unexpected changes when type designers start modifying their work. Two years ago Arne Freytag released his slab serif Quitador™ family. It was received well by the graphic and interactive design communities and he felt that a sans serif counterpart would help to broaden the reach of the family – in addition to giving […]
Type Through the Eras is Back—Three Days of Type History & Savings
Today marks the beginning of Fonts.com’s three-day, 2016 Type Through the Eras event. Typefaces often reflect the musings of their designer, a sense of the era in which they are drawn, and the tools used to create them. There are scores of these instances, or eras, adding to the rich tapestry of typographic history. 2016’s Type […]
Long-Awaited Additions to a Popular Sans
It’s rare that a small three-weight typeface family finds much use. Single-weight display designs can have long and full lives, and many large text and display families have become classics, but three-weight designs – especially those lacking italics – seem to get lost in the shuffle. They’re usually not distinctive enough to be a successful […]