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Variable fonts: preview of a typographic revolution.
By Bianca Berning
"typography that is not only responsive to how and where the text is read but also to who is reading it"
via @webtypography

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Wondering how anti-aliasing is working on screen?

#font-smooth #font-smoothing #antialias #antialiasing
★ Laissez-Faire Font Smoothing and Anti-aliasing https://www.zachleat.com/web/font-smooth/

Learn all about controlling anti-aliasing modes with CSS using `-webkit-font-smoothing` and `-moz-osx-font-smoothing`

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Anybody of collection followers going to the Kerning Conference in Faenza (Italy)?

Some workshops start today (June, 7th).
Tomorrow (June, 8th) I'll go to the Responsive Web Typography with Richard Rutter workshop (I cannot wait!)
http://2017.kerning.it/ws-webtypography.html

And on Friday there will be the conference.

If you go too, see you there!

#kerning
#keming

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On color fonts

OpenType-SVG format
Bitmap images embedding possibility

Not a big support in browsers yet:
http://stateofwebtype.com/#OpenType-SVG

#colorfonts #OpenType-SVG


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Type crimes?

“The bad typography of the type scolds—misuse of primes, dashes, etc.—only pisses off designers. Ordinary readers are oblivious to such “crimes.” The bad typography that frustrates and irritates nondesigners has to do with the basics: choice of typeface, point size, leading, line length, letterspacing.”
—Paul Shaw


discovered via TypeEd

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On Helvetica vs. Arial issue - in web typography

>> https://www.quora.com/Why-is-Helvetica-bad

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Have you ever thought to combine different fonts in one single font family declaration?
There might be a case where you would like to substitute only a few glyphs.
Here is a nice explanation on how to do it that also explores the best syntax with regards to web font loading performance.

Discovered via Heather Weaver @heatherthedev

https://jakearchibald.com/2017/combining-fonts/


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On Variable Fonts
by Richard Rutter

#variableFonts


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Will Artificial Intelligence guide Font Selection?
Font Map by Ideo
“A tool that helps designers understand and see relationships across more than 750 web fonts”.

You might already have heard of the project: it's fascinating.

It's a visualization of “A”s styled in different Google fonts. Proximity in the map means similarity in shape.
The analysis has not been made by humans though, but by a neural network algorithm trained for vision pattern recognition (as far as I understand) on various samples of the string “handgloves”.

The project:
http://fontmap.ideo.com/

The project explained by authors:
https://medium.com/ideo-stories/organizing-the-world-of-fonts-with-ai-7d9e49ff2b25
(read also the comments there)

The result is impressive, but I agree that in order to be a practical tool it needs more refinement.

#fontselection #fontmaps

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On system fonts: high traffic sites recommended choice

James Ferguson's proposed stack:
-apple-system,
BlinkMacSystemFont,
Roboto,
Oxygen,
Ubuntu,
Cantarell,
“Fira Sans”,
“Droid Sans”,
“Helvetica Neue”,
Arial,
sans-serif

discoverd via Typespiration
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