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.
Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts for February 2017
March 14, 2017
Long a favorite of typographers and lovers of type, Caslon has always held a position of importance. Benjamin Franklin admired Caslon; which may account for why both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were first printed in this typestyle. G...
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 February 2017
Long a favorite of typographers and lovers of type, Caslon has always held a position of importance. Benjamin Franklin admired Caslon; which may account for why both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were first printed in this typestyle. George Bernard Shaw, another famous lover of type, insisted that all […]
The Masqualero™ typeface family has charisma, unrelenting sophistication, and – like the legendary Miles Davis jazz composition of the same name – more than a little attitude. Davis once said, “Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.” Drawn by Jim Ford, a Monotype Studio designer, Masqualero isn’t influenced by historical models or trends. It’s […]
Better Paragraph Spacing
Having learned about styling paragraphs for the web in the prior post, Paragraph Spacing, this follow-up will provide a little history about paragraphing, explain why paragraphs are important, show how to use HTML and CSS to style them, and offer alternate methods for marking paragraphs—such as using the pilcrow (¶). So what will it be? […]
Applied Sans: A Classic and Contemporary Fusion
The Applied Sans™ typeface family takes the charm of early sans serif designs and restifies it for the 21st century. The first sans serifs typefaces widely used in print were Germanic in origin – designs like Ideal Grotesk and Venus. Admired for their neutrality and simplicity, when compared to other typefaces of the time, they […]
As a web designer, do you take paragraphs for granted? Putting in little to no effort designing them? Using whatever built-in paragraph <p> format your content management system provides? Relying on the defaults of your WYSIWYG web editor? Worse yet, doing next to nothing and hoping the browser takes care of it for you? If […]
Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts for December 2016
Linotype’s classic “Legibility Group” of typefaces are the earliest designs specifically created to be highly legible in a less than ideal reading environment. Designed in the 1920s, their goal was to improve the reading experience in newspapers of the day. The designers of these metal typefaces enlarged lowercase x-heights and made the glyphs proportionally wider. […]
The Right Bold & Italic for the Right Job
Imagine a world without italic typography. How would you style magazines, books, newspapers, TV shows, and other titles? You’d have to settle for underlines or quotes. Now imagine no bold typography. How would you establish hierarchy or design your headings? Without italic or bold, how would you create emphasis or a lot of emphasis? It’s […]
Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts for November 2016
It’s as if the PMN Caecilia® family was destined for the web. Peter Matthias Noordzij combined classical ductus with a contemporary vibe to create this friendly and versatile slab serif family. In addition, its large x-height, open counters, simple character shapes and sturdy serifs all contribute to the design’s high levels of legibility. With numerous […]
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 […]