The State of Web Type | Dev.Opera

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Typography has a long and rich history, but much has been lost in the transition to the web. While browser support for typography has advanced a lot in the last couple years, we still have a long way to go. Features print designers take for granted are either nonexistent on the web or have insufficient browser support in order to be useful. Challenges unique to web browsers such as responsive design and web font loading could use some improvement as well. Let’s take a look at some of the features we need for an optimal and beautiful reading experience.

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Typeface Mechanics: 001

DEN HÄR ARTIKELN KOMMER FRÅN Frere-Jones »Square and round shapes: mathematically equal, or optically equal

Our conscious minds want to draw one shape, but our eyes need to see another. Part of typeface design is managing this eternal friction between logic and optics. It’s always there, no matter the style.

This new series of posts will explore what I call “typeface mechanics”, the behind-the-scenes work that makes typefaces visually functional. It is what placates the stubborn oddities of human perception, helps or hinders the user, and informs long-standing conventions of design.

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From The Collection: 007 | Frere-Jones


The Tunnel Garage once stood at the corner of Broome and Thompson Streets in Soho. Built in 1922, it had an air of pride uncommon for a garage, announcing itself in grandly proportioned capitals. The letters were dignified, if a bit quaint, and I had used them many times as a wayfinding marker in the neighborhood.

When I designed Gotham, I canvassed the city to photograph examples of that particular genre of lettering. The photo excursions soon became a separate project, documenting public lettering in any style. I took over three thousand photos between 2002 and 2006, visiting every block in Manhattan between Battery Park and Fourteenth Street. One of my first stops was here at the Tunnel Garage. Billboards had been encroaching for some time, but the glazed terracotta letters were still as dapper as I remembered.

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