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    Refresh yourself with the terminology and fundamentals required for sound typesetting.

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    Step-by-step methods for getting the most out of your fonts and graphic design software.

 

OpenType FontFonts and the Languages They Speak

The OpenType format offers typographers more glyphs, and (sometimes) more confusion. As the FontFont library is converted to OpenType, premium fonts are continually released with advanced typographic features and language support built-in. With so many new releases we don’t expect you to keep up on which FontFonts can speak which languages. Just keep an eye [...]

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Akira Kobayashi on FF Clifford

To coincide with our newsletter featuring the work of Akira Kobayashi, we publish his essay on the making of FF Clifford™. It is a wonderfully personal story about the struggles and discoveries of a five-year journey in type design. This text and its illustrations are published in the book “Made with FontFont”, which is filled [...]

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Tip: Using FF Headz

FF Headz is the first typeface by designer and illustrator Florian Zietz. The concept for FF Headz is similar to the effect found in some children’s books, where pages are split into sections that can be grouped in unusual and humorous combinations. For example, a crocodile head from one page might be paired with an [...]

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Elements of Web Typography

Robert Bringhurst’s “The Elements of Typographic Style” is the undisputed bible of typography, but its instructions are limited to print design. Richard Rutter is filling that need with “The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web”. The new site will present Bringhurt’s principles one nugget at a time in a manner relevant to web [...]

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Erik Spiekermann’s Typo Tips

With the invention of “desktop publishing”, designers found themselves setting type on their computers for the first time. Until then, they had made type specifications for typesetters and left the job up to the professionals. As a result, you can still see classic inaccuracies in typesetting, even in top-quality printed matter. Here you will find [...]

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Tip: GIF Your Type Right

It would be great if we could use any font we wanted in designs for the web. But since we’re limited to what’s installed on everyone else’s machines, creating an image is the only way to make non-standard fonts viewable online. Here are a few tips for creating a web graphic in which type is [...]

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