Dubai has long had a taste for the finer things in life. The influential Persian Gulf city has been home to the world’s tallest building, a hotel that offers guests private butlers and 24-karat-gold iPads, and even a bakery that sold gold-laced cupcakes for roughly $1,000 each.
Now it is getting attention for a slightly less flashy effort that may soon be coming to a word-processing program near you: Dubai has made its own font.
While good typefaces have prodigious families of carefully related styles, some of the best typography builds unexpected relationships between unrelated fonts. Here are five ways to create typographic connections, to help keep your design engaging and inventive.
Varför Comic Sans är bättre än du tror.
It’s cool to hate comic sans. But it’s also problematic.
Läs och lär om läsbarhet: Hating Comic Sans Is Ableist
An introduction to the inline formatting context. Explores line-height and vertical-align properties, as well as the font metrics. Understand how text is rendered on screen, and how to control it with CSS.
What we learned (TL;DR):
- inline formatting context is really hard to understand
- all inline elements have 2 height:
- the content-area (based on font metrics)
- the virtual-area (
- none of these 2 heights can be visualize with no doubt. (if you’re a devtools developer and want to work on this, it could be awesome)
line-height: normalis based on font metrics
line-height: nmay create a virtual-area smaller than content-area
vertical-alignis not very reliable
- a line-box’s height is computed based on its children’s
- we cannot easily get/set font metrics with CSS
- there is a related future spec to help with vertical alignment: the Line Grid module
Two typography designers talk about what it takes to create a font for Google.
Written By: Jill Blackmore Evans
This article originally appeared on Format Magazine and was republished with permission.The new, updated Google Fonts is a treasure trove of open source, totally free-to-use typefaces. From classic to creative, the new font selection supports over 135 languages, and is set up to let typography buffs easily discover new fonts by browsing through style categories like Serif or Handwriting.Who are the designers behind Google’s favorite typefaces? We spoke to two of them to find out what it takes to design a font for Google.
Color fonts represent a key evolution in digital typography, introducing rich graphic features into font files. Thanks to new font formats, color fonts are finally becoming a reality for millions of creatives.
Learn everything about color fonts, chromatic typography and OpenType-SVG.
Read more: Color fonts. Get ready for the revolution!
Designers are trained to believe that similar typefaces should never be used together. But breaking this cardinal rule can sometimes be the perfect way to create ordered, elegant typography.
Say you have a client project where you need a bold, condensed sans-serif. A very narrow scope but there’s tonal variation between two typefaces in the same category. This week, TypeThursday founder Thomas Jockin discusses the typographic nuances of October Compressed, from Typotheque, and Gabriello, from Commercial Type.