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Friday, November 26, 2010

I found a new Forum to help make money blogging

I did some looking around and found this great site on how to make money blogging so if you are interested, you might want to check it out.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Tips for Small Type

If you've tried creating graphics or content using small typefaces then you've probably run into the problem of readability. Microsoft created a font known as Verdana to solve the issue of small type on screen. Shown below is a comparison of Verdana at difference sizes to Minion Pro at the same sizes. The image was created in Adobe Photoshop CS3 with Strong anti-aliasing applied to the text.



I recently came across a highly detailed article that explains how to get the most readability from your small type. Check it out at The Art of Type.

You can read more about Verdana at the Microsoft site Channel Verdana and if you're really a typegeek, you'd be interested in the Wikipedia entry on Verdana as well.

And of course to be fair, you might as well check out the entry for Minion as well. You can get the
Minion Complete Family Pack
from Fonts.com.


It could be just me, but I think of something totally different when I hear the word "minion" :)

I've used Strong anti-aliasing in the image above. I'd like some feedback from you in the comments as to what anti-aliasing to use when creating graphical text to use on the web, when printing the content is not going to be an expectation.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Original Font Sample

When I started teaching computer labs a few years ago I got really fired up about typography. It was a small section in a chapter on word processing in the textbook we were using, but I was intrigued with explaining it to inexperienced users, though I had been interested in typography before.

During that time I came up with a basic typeface that I use on the white boards. It really contains mostly modifications to the letters A and E, but the trailing "S" I would sometimes add flourishes too.

Really it looks better in the word "DATABASES" but it also works ok with "SPREADSHEETS".

I've played with different variations on the E, but its harder to make it look interesting and still maintain its readability, which is something I want to keep with any typeface I create.

Do you have any special purpose typefaces you've designed? Got any suggestions for the E? Let me know in the comments below.



Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Good Web Design at A List Apart

I've just come across this series of articles on A List Apart. The first article discusses the difference between "graceful degradation" and "progressive enhancement" which is a subtle but important difference. The second article deals with CSS and so got my mind tweak when talking about typography and how CSS can control it, which is something I want to get more involved in. I had read that the Thesis theme for WordPress does a lot of work with typography... and I want to learn how!

If you have any good sites that discuss, explain, or illustrate good typography in web design, please leave them in the comments for all to see and explore.

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