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The relationship between text and the rest of a page is one of the key characteristics of any design. Rhythm, emphasis and tone are all compromised without correctly scaled type. However, selecting text sizes is often both a painstaking and...
A key component to any website design is type. Selecting fonts, sizes and colors can be a big part of how you outline your site. Just as important as the letterforms themselves, is the spacing around those letters and particularly the leading...
Calligraphic fonts have been popular in the design world for a long time. But we don't see hand-lettered calligraphy nearly as often, outside of wedding invitations. Hand-lettered calligraphy is beautiful and has an organic feel to it that's...
Choosing fonts for design projects can be a daunting task because there's thousands of fonts out there all over the web that you could use. Whether you're looking to create a big, bold logo for your business or work on a poster for an event here's...
It’s not uncommon for a designer in today’s world to pay little attention to how type is laid out, especially with the ever-so-convenient default settings of heading tags and web safe fonts found universally on the web. If we as interactive...
In this article, I'm going to examine the science behind making successful UI icons before teaching you how to make your own embeddable icon font. From designing the individual icons to converting them for @font-face embedding, and even licensing...
There are a ton of options out there for font replacement, including some great WordPress plugins that make font replacement easier than ever. Sure, you can hard-code your font replacement into your theme (or into a theme options page), but...
Webfont embedding is so widely supported by modern browsers at this point that there's really no excuse not to incorporate them when appropriate in your designs. There are hundreds of free fonts available for embedding, as well as plenty of...
There are usually two camps among designers when it comes to typeface choices. One group has a handful of favorite typefaces they adapt to every design they create, believing that these handful of typefaces can be suitable for every situation....
Have you ever visited a blog and noticed immediately how the typography added sophistication and really made the content stand out? Perhaps it was an elegant typeface that fit the theme of the blog, or white space that was used proficiently...
The August edition of what's new out there for web designers and developers includes a number of new web apps, JavaScript plugins, tools for creating smartphone apps, and browser tools, along with fifteen great new fonts. Most of the resources...
Throughout his illustrious career as a designer and typographer, Erik Spiekermann has created dozens of commercial typefaces (FF Meta, FF MetaSerif, ITC Officina, FF Govan, FF Info, FF Unit, LoType, Berliner Grotesk) and many custom typefaces...
This month's edition of what's new out there for web designers and developers includes a number of new smartphone apps (for both iOS and Android), as well as a few great web apps and some desktop apps. There are also new tools and resources for...
Typography is defined as the style, arrangement, or appearance of typeset matter. A look around your surroundings will reveal how much typography has influenced the world. But does it matter, particularly with the likes of YouTube, Flickr,...