Smiling Type{faces}

December 3, 2008

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We all are pretty conversant with the typical smile emoticons we use on web, but from years and years we are watching them only in the restricted web fonts like Verdana, Georgia and so on. 

So i just did a small experiment to find out how other type “faces” smile, and some of them are really interesting !!

Have a look…

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We always have a mind-set of not using comic-sans and it seems to be worst when it comes to web. Go have a look at the thebackofthenapkin webpage designed by OHmedia, it will definitely make you think for a while.
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em unit and CSS

October 2, 2008


Till now, i was using pixel as a type measurement unit for WebPages. Recently I gone through some web typography articles and now I am planning to move on to “em”. Just trying to explore it more and do conformations with this post.

EM is a relative unit rather than absolute, hence it can’t be defined for a specific typeface, its same for all fonts at a given point size. So, if user is using 12 point for running text as its default browser font-size, 1em is equal to 12 pt, 2em (may be for headlines) will be 24 and so on.
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FonStruct is a free online tool to create, download and share free fonts. Its been developed by FontShop, one of the leading font retailers.  FontStruct gives you a grid and basic geometrical shapes to start on, quickly use them as tiles and construct your fonts.

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Blackletter type

September 3, 2008

It’s very interesting that now we have better resources, technologies and we are moving to simplicity, earlier when there was lot of restrictions and lack of technology, human created great complex structures and designs. The intricacy and boldness of Blackletter scripts which was used throughout Western Europe from approximately 1150 to 1500 always fascinates me in that way.  

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Newmap is a great example of using typography as interface. It visually represents Goggle News aggregator in a flash based application with beautiful typography & color codings. Newsmap does not pretend to replace the googlenews aggregator. Its objective is to simply demonstrate visually the relationships between data and the unseen patterns in news media. Read the rest of this entry »

Monospaced fonts

July 26, 2008

 

Most of the time we talk about serif, sans serif fonts, there is one more type which is quite important and widely used in digital interfaces & web.

Monospaced fonts.
Monospaced fonts are fixed width typefaces with all the glyphs of same width.  Also identified as fixed-pitch. These typefaces became popular or might be invented because of typewriter. Read the rest of this entry »