webtype

Hi Typophile,

After trying out TypeKit last year and deciding that it was a bit too bleeding-edge to be of use to me at that time, I've jumped back in with another investigation of the now numerous webfont vendors and services available online. I've checked out FontDeck, Typotheque, and WebType. So far I've been avoiding TypeKit because I prefer a not-javascript-dependant solution.

A major frustration for me is the seeming lack of information regarding which typefaces in a given library are technically suited to rendering small type across all browser platforms. I've basically been surfing these websites in IE6 with cleartype disabled (painful!) to get an idea of the worst-case-scenario for each typeface.

Boston, MA and Elk Grove Village, IL -- August 19, 2010 -- The Font Bureau, Inc. and Ascender Corporation today announced Webtype.com, a new venture to serve web designers and developers with publication-quality fonts to improve the typography and readability of websites. The service is available now at http://www.Webtype.com with a variety of custom web font options to accommodate websites of all sizes.

In the past, technical issues limited how fonts could be used on websites, but a lot has changed in the last couple years. Web designers have probably heard about new options for using fonts other than the handful of “web-safe” choices like Verdana and Georgia in their web designs.

The Microsoft Mix10 conference that took place last week featured two presentations on typography (with videos and slides in various downloadable formats, including MP4):

  1. Jonathan Snook on Web typography. (Fun drinking game! Down a shot of cranberry juice or moral equivalent at every repeated mispronunciation, including “sã serif,” OS “eks,” and that old standby, “Hohfler.”)
  2. Kevin Larson on onscreen reading.
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