Early this morning, wearing the system he and the team developed -- a custom-made pressurized spacesuit, lifted via a helium-filled balloon -- Alan ascended to 136,000 feet before skydiving safely back down to earth, breaking the sound barrier on his way. He’s the first person to ever ascend to that altitude, and only the second to break the sound barrier outside of an airplane. Crazy, right! All in a day’s work when it comes to furthering scientific exploration...
Read more about the mission here: http://goo.gl/eK3xri
Metapolator is an open web tool for making many fonts. It supports working in a font design space, instead of one glyph, one face, at a time.
With Metapolator, ‘pro’ font designers are able to create and edit fonts and font families much faster, with inherent consistency. They gain unique exploration possibilities and the tools to quickly adapt typefaces to different media and domains of use.
With Metapolator, typographers gain the possibility to change existing fonts—or even create new ones—to their needs.
Metapolator is extendible through plugins and custom specimens. It contains all the tools and fine control that designers need to finish a font.
Metapolator is a web tool for making many fonts. It supports working in a font design space, instead of one glyph, one face, at the time.
With Metapolator, ‘pro’ font designers are able to work much faster, with inherent consistency, on fonts and font families. They gain unique exploration possibilities and the tools to quickly adapt typefaces to different media and domains of use.
With Metapolator, designers who work with type gain the possibility to change existing fonts—or even create new ones—to their needs. Specifically, they can apply graphical treatments to a font.
Metapolator contains all the tools and fine control that designers need to finish a font.
The vast majority of this community doesn’t have Internet or cell service—but the locals know of a few very specific spots around town where they might find a weak signal. So if you see them sitting in trees, you’ll know why. (In fact, they have a word for this—‘vaga-lume,’ which means ‘fireflying,’ in English—because at night that’s what the glow from their mobile phones looks like.) But with the Project Loon team in town and one of our balloons overhead, the students in Tiao’s geography class were able to get to the Internet from their classroom for the first time as they learned about world cultures.
This test flight marked a few significant ‘firsts’ for Project Loon as well. Launching near the equator taught us to overcome more dramatic temperature profiles, dripping humidity and scorpions. And we tested LTE technology for the first time; this could enable us to provide an Internet signal directly to mobile phones, opening up more options for bringing Internet access to more places.
Check out these photos for a behind-the-scenes look on how it all came together.
I’m totally in love with typefaces. I can spend all day reading, looking and learning about typefaces, both new and old ones.
Typefaces are full of tiny little details, that can go unnoticed by those not looking closely. But these little details are what matters most.
I am a self taught type designer. Still learning.
Everything I learned so far, I did through books, blogs, forums and detailed observation, with the help of friend and colleagues.
I think that typefaces are living beings, they always continue to evolve over time. Even if the original designer died over 500 years ago, contemporary designers push their ideas forward, adapting to changing technology and keeping up with the always shifting way we perceive the alphabet.
For the love of letters!
- Impallari.comFont Designer, 2009 - present
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