So Many Choices! According to Extensis, there are at least a half million fonts in the world today! No wonder we sometimes labor over which typeface to use. Let me ease that task a little bit by sharing with you what I consider the 20 best Google fonts. Why Google Fonts? For web work, Google Fonts are my primary source because they are open-source and free, and offer a huge number of typefaces. All of these offerings are viewable through a user-friendly interface with filters to help … [Read more...] about 20 Best Google Fonts
While the terms "typeface" and "font" are often used interchangeably, there are clear distinctions in their actual meaning. "Typeface" refers to an entire family of type styles: Neuton, Garamond, Goudy Old Style, and Lato are examples of typefaces. "Font" is the individual member of a typeface family: roman (or regular), italic, bold, and bold italic are font examples. It's very simple to change the font in WordPress. You just have to select the word(s) or sentence(s) and click on the "B" (bold) … [Read more...] about How Can I Change the Typeface in WordPress?
I compiled this list of my favorite books about typography, from the perspective of one who teaches the subject. I first wrote it in the summer of 2009 when I was preparing to teach a Typography 2 class, updating my bibliography list, and thinking about which books are must-haves and/or classics. Now I'm updating it again after revisiting some material. I suspect I'll continue to update it every few years... :-) The Elements of Typographic Style, by Robert Bringhurst This is a comprehensive … [Read more...] about Top 10 Typography Books
Each fall, I teach Typography 2 at Lasell College. One of the projects I assign is a re-design of an existing website. In preparation for this project, I ask the students to show their 2 favorite websites and explain what they like so much about them. The presentations always generate interesting discussions and provide good inspiration for solutions they might explore for their own designs. Here are the favorite websites of this year's typography students, along with snippets of our … [Read more...] about Design Students’ Favorite Websites – Fall 2013
When I first started working on a Mac in the 1980s, there were 2 kinds of font formats: Postscript and TrueType. Postscript fonts were used for printing. Several resided on the printer (Palatino and Times Roman, for example), while others were downloaded to the output device automatically when you hit the "Print" button in the software program you were using. TrueType fonts were intended for viewing on the computer screen, and some were included as default typefaces on your computer (Geneva, New … [Read more...] about Choosing the Correct Font Format
Sometimes in life, unexpected things come your way and you are blessed with a wonderful learning experience. Such was the case with a school project assigned to me while studying graphic design at Mass. College of Art and Design. The class was Typography. We were each given one designer to research and prepare a presentation for the class at the end of the semester. I was assigned A.M. Cassandre, about whom I knew nothing prior to this project. As I delved into his life, I discovered several … [Read more...] about Design Inspiration: A.M. Cassandre