Archive for the ‘Typography’ category

Typecast

October 27th, 2012

Typecast (beta.typecastapp.com) is a new website from Front designed to make web typography and design easier.

Typecast Projects

Supporting fonts from typekit, fonts.com, Font Desk, and Google web fonts, Typecast provides a simple and flexible formatting solution for blocks of text on a web page. Currently in beta, as of 22 October, the site is open for everyone and free to use. (They will start charging for font use when the site leaves beta.)

Creating blocks of text is as simple as a few clicks; setting a consistent font size, line height, and color is a few more clicks. Soon, you’ll have a page with an even look-and-feel, letting you spend more of your time focusing on the content.

 

Four intro videos walk you through the basics of using the site. Pricing and release date have not been announced. Looks very promising.

Update (10/30): Monotype acquires Typecast. See the announcement or the blog post announcing the purchase.

New fonts

October 15th, 2012

I’ve updated the fonts on this site. TypeKit was fine, but I found several free fonts on www.myfonts.com that I really liked, all with unlimited web usage: Calluna (both Regular and Sans Regular) and Fertigo Pro (Regular).

Electronic Books & Printed Books: Conflict and Opportunity

April 14th, 2012

I love books, just like Jeff Atwood, who compares electronic books with their age-old printed counterparts, concluding that

…unless the publishers are willing to treat eBooks with the same respect and care that they give to their printed books – and most importantly of all, adjust their pricing to reflect the brave new economy of bits, and not an antiquated economy of atoms – they’re destined to eventually suffer the same fate as the Encyclopedia Britannica.

via Coding Horror: Books: Bits vs. Atoms.

I’ve been repeatedly disappointed by the clear lack of attention paid to e-books’ layout and typography. Amazon has let me down repeatedly. O’Reilly is better, because they create both the print and electronic formats. Amazon doesn’t. Until Amazon gets it right, I’ll stick to my paper books, thank you very much.