May 20th, 2010 | typography
My weekly round up of typographic goodness from around the web.
Newsworthy: Google jumps on the web fonts bandwagon
Google launched a font directory and a font API this week taking advantage of the @font-face standard. Much like Kernest and Typekit before them, the offering makes it easier for developers and designers to expand beyond the constraints of traditional web-safe fonts. The initial batch of 18 open-source fonts is a good start in my opinion and the mainstream press coverage can only help the web fonts movement. What do you think?
Video: Unique Types
Unique Types is a special collection of fonts inspired by children suffering from physical disabilities. Each font is created under the Creative Common license and is free of rights and limitations on use. But there’s more than just free fonts (scroll to see the downloads available). Type designers can take part in an open call for submissions and there is plenty of clever motivation for agencies, advertisers and fans to spread the word. Especially cool is the requirement that type designers have to submit a video explaining their process. The example videos on the site, accompanying their respective fonts, are simply amazing.
Kudos to the group behind this venture, The AACD (Brazilian Association for the Welfare of the Handicapped Children). Their integrated use of social media is worthy of note. They use Flickr to share photos of children to inspire the fonts, Vimeo for video submissions, and creative commons to simplify distribution. It’s all tied together beautifully on their blog. Love this! (via @brampitoyo)
Desktop Wallpaper: White letter Mess
Almost abstract letter grouping by Parachute Worldwide. Part of a nice collection of typographic wallpaper and screensavers available for download.
Diagram of the week: @font-face rendering
Typohile post featuring a nice, clean illustration of the current (as of May 2010) rendering of font files across the major operating systems and browsers.
Have you come across something amazing and typography-related online? Let me know!
If I include it in an upcoming edition of TypoTh, I’ll gladly give you credit.