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TofuTheGreat

Location: Back where I belong.

Post Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:49 am   Reply with quote         


This may seem like spam. But it's not. I have no stake in the things I'm about to geek out on.

I'm a design and typography geek. I absolutely love looking at well crafted designs (print, web, whatever). Especially layouts where the typography is what sets it apart without people even realizing it's the typeface creating the bulk of the look and feel. I geek out over it and marvel at how it works (even though I know next to nothing about the design concepts themselves).

Anyway one thing that's always bugged me about the web is the clumsy ways for dealing with all things font. Got a cool font you want to use for a heading? Tough. Most visitors will probably not have the font on their computer. You'll have to make do with standard fonts.

Or you can try to get around the problem by making images of the headings. Or you can use something like sifr and use Flash objects to load the fonts. But your page loads will suffer and forget compatibility with many mobile devices or older computers.

Or.

You can try TypeKit. TypeKit is a brilliantly good thing (in my not so professional opinion).

I'd dearly love to hear the thoughts on TypeKit and sIFR from the professional graphic designers amongst the PSC community.




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thbeghin

Location: Paris, France

Post Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:30 pm   Reply with quote         


Great site ! great idea !
Unfortunately, the classic fonts are not here (of course).
thanks for the link Smile




TofuTheGreat

Location: Back where I belong.

Post Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:50 pm   Reply with quote         


A Thierry sighting! Shocked cheers

TypeKit has different libraries of fonts depending on your licensing level. The free level is still pretty big. I can't wait to try it. Cool




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ReinMan

Location: Whitby, ONTARIO, CAN

Post Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:41 am   Reply with quote         


I need a LICENSE to TYPE!?? Shocked

Man, am I ever in trouble. Huh..




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TofuTheGreat

Location: Back where I belong.

Post Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:14 am   Reply with quote         


Guess I'm the only font geek here. Laughing




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EJH

Location: NYC

Post Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:22 am   Reply with quote         


That is a very cool concept...

I deal mainly with print, but I plan to share that link with the web designers at work.




ReinMan

Location: Whitby, ONTARIO, CAN

Post Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:22 am   Reply with quote         


Oh... I like a little FONT FUN when I can get it.

http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1823766




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thbeghin

Location: Paris, France

Post Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:13 pm   Reply with quote         


ReinMan wrote:
Oh... I like a little FONT FUN when I can get it.

http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1823766


I'm happy to see that Century Gothic was invited to the conference, i like her Smile




jasper

Location: Location, Location.

Post Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:43 pm   Reply with quote         


You CAN use any font you want on a page (CSS3).

the @font-face

If you want it to also work for IE you need the free WEFT tool from microsoft to convert them so it works for everyone.

Here's a great writeup:
http://randsco.com/index.php/2009/07/04/p680




thbeghin

Location: Paris, France

Post Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:20 pm   Reply with quote         


Thanks for the link, Jasper.
Another possibility could be what Google announced: their robots are now able to read flash text. I don't know if it works or not :
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13530_3-9844989-28.html




TofuTheGreat

Location: Back where I belong.

Post Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:45 pm   Reply with quote         


jasper wrote:
You CAN use any font you want on a page (CSS3).

the @font-face

If you want it to also work for IE you need the free WEFT tool from microsoft to convert them so it works for everyone.

Here's a great writeup:
http://randsco.com/index.php/2009/07/04/p680
Yes but the key part is this:
Quote:
Just upload the font file you want to use to your server - making sure that you're not violating any copyright rules - then embed it, using the following CSS:
The copyright on commercial fonts would make embedding them a legal (and licensing) nightmare. That's where TypeKit comes in the bridge the gap. They host the fonts for you, handle the WEFT stuff, and your CSS simply pulls them in as needed.

Not only do they manage the licensing but you get a full library of fonts. Cool




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Why I do believe it's pants-less o'clock! - Lar deSouza
”The mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work if it isn’t open.” - Frank Zappa
Created using photoshop and absolutely no talent. - reyrey

jasper

Location: Location, Location.

Post Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:12 pm   Reply with quote         


TofuTheGreat wrote:
jasper wrote:
You CAN use any font you want on a page (CSS3).

the @font-face

If you want it to also work for IE you need the free WEFT tool from microsoft to convert them so it works for everyone.

Here's a great writeup:
http://randsco.com/index.php/2009/07/04/p680
Yes but the key part is this:
Quote:
Just upload the font file you want to use to your server - making sure that you're not violating any copyright rules - then embed it, using the following CSS:
The copyright on commercial fonts would make embedding them a legal (and licensing) nightmare. That's where TypeKit comes in the bridge the gap. They host the fonts for you, handle the WEFT stuff, and your CSS simply pulls them in as needed.

Not only do they manage the licensing but you get a full library of fonts. Cool


Yep, easier for sure. But it's a subscription based service, right? I like doing things on the cheap, and if I own the font I think fair use covers it for the most part. It's fortunate CSS3 covers the use of url linking to be sure (or TypeKit wouldn't be viable either).




TofuTheGreat

Location: Back where I belong.

Post Thu Jan 21, 2010 5:03 pm   Reply with quote         


True dat jasper. Good news is that for personal sites the service is free. The limitations are that you have less bandwidth allotted to you for transferring the fonts, have a smaller font library, and can only use your account on one domain. Still, for my own domain, it's perfect. I'm working on the code tonight hopefully.




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”The mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work if it isn’t open.” - Frank Zappa
Created using photoshop and absolutely no talent. - reyrey

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