Fonts

tags
Typesetting, Language, Web Design

Notes on fonts and font design.

Cool Fonts

Prose

Didot:
‘Timeless elegance’; old and sophisticated.
Warnock
Powerful with a lot of glyphs. It’s an Adobe font and is probably expensive.
Trajan
based on roman typography!
Bembo
Revival of monotype. Graceful, stable and elegant! More subtle than a Didot.
DejaVu Fonts
used for configuration a bit
Futura
A classic futuristic font. Can be seen in places like Ableton’s website.
Garamond
Both a legal font and an exceptionally legible one.
Caslon
Organic, beautiful style – check this one out!
Freight Sans
fun and cartoonish font feel.
Open Sans
The new sans font with a neutral, flat design.
Gill Snas
warm british, a bit tall, crisp lines
Gotham
New York signage lettering style.

https://www.indesignskills.com/inspiration/best-fonts-graphic-designers/

Bodoni
luxe, aspirational look font. more compressed and exaggerated
Univers
‘the ultimate modernist font’ - incredibly legible, clean, and functiona
Lombok
very cool angular sans-serif font https://www.behance.net/gallery/17179851/Lombok-typeface
Ailerons
inspired by airplane models (??) https://www.behance.net/gallery/25541553/Ailerons-Typeface
One Day
modern uppercase light font? https://www.behance.net/gallery/23792563/ONE-DAY-Free-Font
Cooper Hewitt
Smithsonian design museum work! https://www.canva.com/learn/modern-fonts/
Koliko
A font with larin and cyrillic characters. https://www.behance.net/gallery/30571471/kolikoe-FREE-FONT
Polya
cool lightweight, 3d mesh title font. https://www.behance.net/gallery/20118341/POLYA-Free-Fon
Radnika
multipurpose, workhorse typeface! https://www.behance.net/gallery/33818984/Radnika-Typeface
Komoda
slimline, modern headline font https://www.behance.net/gallery/11623957/KOMODA-Font
Kolletif
low contrast, modern, 21st century typeface https://www.behance.net/gallery/27386771/Kollektif
Nagasaki
bold, condensed font for a large impact. looks very good in yellow, see poster
Hyperbola
very cool typography https://www.behance.net/gallery/801635/Hyperbola
Distrito
A flavorful, columbia font. https://www.dafont.com/distrito-caps.font
Maddac
A headlining title font with some flair! https://www.behance.net/gallery/19645737/Maddac-Free-Font
Orkney
A simple, sans-serif, readable font for web design.
Madda
https://www.behance.net/gallery/19645737/Madda
Disclaimer
A loud title font, very vertically oriented. https://www.behance.net/gallery/15024825/Disclaime
Qontra
A very space-oriented, friendly font. https://www.behance.net/gallery/26829249/FREE-QONTRA-Font
Perfograma
entirely dotted, perforated font. not sure how this is useful https://www.behance.net/gallery/23576901/Perfograma-free-font
Arenq
bold, shaped font with double lines to highlight aspects. https://www.dafont.com/arenq.font
Intro
comfortable, curvy, smooth font https://www.fontfabric.com/fonts/intro/

To Investigate

Monospace

  • source code pro
  • jet brains mono
  • iosveka
  • ibm plex
  • fira code
  • pragmata pro
  • dank mono
  • victor mono
  • menlo
  • consolas
  • roboto mono
  • adore64
  • hermit light
  • opendyslexic mono
  • cascadia code pl
  • source code pro with emacs hasklig mode

https://sourcefoundry.org/hack/ – designed for source code! https://github.com/huytd/haskplex-font put this on the AUR!

Vocabulary

Design

Motion Design
Text in motion carefully chose to make text readable in videos and other animations. This text isn’t visible all the time; rather, it’s moving quickly and likely flashes past during a video.
Variable Fonts
One or more axes that provide variation between different extremes of typeface design. These fonts allow for finer control over the design as it changes across the design space! A font can often be installed as regular, bold or both, and extended designs are expressed nicely. Formally, this is a specification that allows for multiple fonts to be packaged in a single file.
typeface
A particular design of type. A single group of fonts; a set of fonts in the same style, or ‘font family’.
font
An instance of a typeface; a single weight of style within a typeface family.

Type

baseline
The line on which type sits.
height
THe distance from baseline to the top of the lowercase letters, disregarding tall letters such as h.
cap height
The distance between a capital letter and baseline.
ascenders
The stem above lowercase letters that extends above the alloted height.
descenders
Letters that extend below the baseline.
stem
The main stroke of the letter (usually vertical).
tail
Descending, decorative stroke on letters such as y and q.
serif
The flair extending off of the edge of letters. Defines a ‘font family’ (serif vs sans serif).
counter
The enclosed space within letters like o and g.
ear
The small extension on lower half of the letter g.
terminal
The end of a stroke without a serif.
aperture
Partially closed negative space in characters like c, s, and n. This is always rounded.
bowl
The curved part of the character enclosing the circular or curved parts of letters. This occurs in letters like o, d and b.
kerning
Adjusting the space between individual characters.
tracking
The spacing of a group of characters.
alignment
text should probably be left aligned
justifying text
adding a straight edge to text on boht sides
measure
length of lines of text in a paragraph of column (column width)
Leading
Vertical line spacing. generating sufficient space between lines to make it readable
Ligatures
Fusing characters that are next to one another that look very similar. These characters may look awkward when next to one another if they aren’t fused.
Hyphenation
Breaking a word across a line and separating it with a dash; a technique typically used to prevent rag problems.
hyphen
short dash ‘-’. used to divide words that break at the end of the line or to connect parts of co mpound words such as ‘ill-fated’. these are used to represent relationships between individuals rather th an separating them.En-dash : slightly longer hthan the hyphe. used to indicate a range of values, such as a span of time or numerical quantities. sometimes the em-dash is used instead of the en-dash for aesthetic reasons, or a sm all amount of space is added befoer or after the dash for artistic purposes.Em-dash : longer than that!the em-dash is typically used to indicate a break in thought, and is normally followed with and preceded by space. It can be used to describe a thought within a sentence as well – case in point!grid : guide by which graphic designers can organize, copy and add images in a flexible way while making the concepts easy to absorb and understand.
Rag
The uneven vertical edge of a block of type – most commonly the right-hand edge. if the rag is not clean, it can be very distracting to the eye; this can be fixed by reworking the line breaks or by editing a copy.
Widow
A single word or short line left at the end of a column. This is considered bad typography.
Orphan
A line exists at the top of the following column! This can be fixed just like the rag, by reworking the line breaks or editing the copy to remove these typography misdeeds.

History

printing press
Used a font based on blackletter, similar ot the font traditionally used with handwritten material. This wasn’t good for printing. Roman type was created to solve this problem. First, Jenson, but the most recognizable roman font is Cambria.

Italics

created to save space and money when printing books and long form texts.paved road for old style, transitional style and modern styles of typing.

Caslon

created ‘old style’ or ‘Antiqua’ of type : old style typefaces have thick serifs, low contrast. these are typically created from 1470 to 1600.

Transitional typefaces

thin serifs with high contrasts between these types. Baskerville is one such font (which was created as an improvement to the caslon typeface!

Modern style

very thin serifs with extreme contrast between strokes. created to reject traditional styles, annoyed with typefaces based on handwriting! Modern style initiated by Firmin Didot and Giambatista Bodoni ; Firmin Didot created modern style classification type, Didot, followed by the Bodoni typefaces

William Caslon IV

sans serif typefaces – no projecting featues at the end of strokes! Helvetica : known as the favorite typeface, one of the most populat. variations on this include slab serifs and gemoetric sans. slab : magazines, newspaper headers; geometric : based on simple geometric shapes.

Susan Kare - great apple designer! She did Chicago, a neat pixel sans-serif

typeface – this could be cool to use, as well as Monaco - (kind of boring) . geneva is the third typeface; it’s inspired by helvetica and is a neo-grotesque typeface, a realist typeface including basic ligatures, long s and r rotunda as o ptionals. bitmap fonts are very cool and I should look into using them! realist ~=grotesquemore reading (TODO):: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sans-serif#GrotesqueCreative

Embellishments

indents: indenting the first line of every paragraph has always been a convention – to create a visual separation between paragraphsCreative ieaas : extreme indent, outdent. with room and for a cleaner, more open look, separate paragraph s with an extra line rather than using tab indentation at all!arabesques :; graphic ordaments and embellishments – from simple geometric designs to ornate configurations. many are often digital recreations of historic designs. they have many uses - have fun with them

Classifying Type

Serif

Traditional typefaces with feet or arms hanging off of the end of letter strokes, adding a thick or thin look to the letter. These are considered the easiest fonts to read. Serif fonts are ‘fancy’ fonts – they all have embellishments. Times New Roman, a serif font, is the most used font as the most common font found in newspapers.

Examples
baskerville, clarendon, garamond, georgia, trajan

Sans-Serif

Fonts without serifs and having an overall more even stroke weight. clean, modern, minima list

Examples
arial, futura, impact, myriad, tahoma

Decorative

Fonts typically used only for attention-grabbing headlines. Only one decorative font should be used, and not as the body font!

Script

Script fonts are intended to mimic handwriting, so the letters often touch one another. These fonts should never be used with all-caps.

Dingbats

These fonts contain characters that are small pieces of art, used to enhance the design of the page. Dingbats are usually packaged with a specific font and mimic its style.

Best Practices

Font Size

On computers, 72 pt. font corresponds to one inch on paper. Two different font sizes at the same point can correspond to different physical sizes, and correct size does depend on use.

Spacing

  • character and word spacing, kerning, – space between each character or letter, adjusted to create plea sing look

tracking, – adjustment of word spacing, similar to kerning but refers to space between words rather than characters line spacing, leading – amount of space between lines of type – larger the type, the more leading neede d! , paragraph spacing, alignment, – alignment : text flowing on a page. center, left, right etc. justifie d : straight edge on boht sides! line breaks and rag, hyphens, – don’t have more than two hyphenations in a row, don’t have too many hyphenated lines in a si ngle paragraph, ensure the rag checks out, make sure that justified text looks natural widows and orphans – paragraph spacing – at end: widow; at top of following; orphan! do not leave these distracting shapes! edit the copy to remove them.

never use bold serif type, apparently? john cane is very against it.

type blogs / references

http://www.atypeprimer.com/ – written by northeastern prof, all about type! http://www.atypeprimer.com/exercises/understanding-letterforms/ http://www.thomasphinney.com/ http://typeforyou.blogspot.com/ https://www.adobe.com/products/type.html https://www.bertholdtypes.com/ https://fontbureau.typenetwork.com https://fontshop.com https://www.typography.com/ https://www.linotype.com/ – cool fonts to browse https://www.monotype.com/ – ‘world’s largest type library” https://www.monotype.com/ – duo of complimentary typeface families https://www.amazon.co.uk/Type-Primer-John-Kane/dp/1856696448/ref=sr%5F1%5F2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1295387779&sr =1-2 – buy the book or something! https://www.amazon.com/Type-Primer-John-Kane-dp-1856696448/dp/1856696448/ref=mt%5Fpaperback?%5Fencoding=UTF8& me=&qid=1587603890 – some other link to it . https://fontsinuse.com/ – showcases examples of fonts and their uses!

misc

https://vistaserv.net/blog/90s-fonts-modern-browsers – a quest to design a font that looks retro in the modern browser https://camd.northeastern.edu/art-design/research-approach-art-design/ cool art profs at northeastern https://camd.northeastern.edu/faculty/gloria-sutton/ https://camd.northeastern.edu/faculty/sarah-kanouse/

https://www.lyssn.io/ – this person works at neu https://studycrafter.com/ this person is also at neu https://camd.northeastern.edu/faculty/casper-harteveld/ – using games to improve technology! http://mutazionegame.com/ – this is by someone at neu, apparently, seems cool https://www.prototypo.io/blog/news/how-make-a-monospaced-font-in-prototypo/ – font tutorial https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-create-a-font-using-fontself-and-fontforge--cms-25923 – using fontforge to make a font https://www.reddit.com/r/Design/comments/8bt8d4/today%5Fi%5Fdecided%5Fto%5Flearn%5Fhow%5Fto%5Fmake%5Ffonts%5Fafter/

https://blog.golang.org/go-fonts – fonts at Go! https://airbnb.design/introducing-airbnb-cereal/ – airbnb neat font

https://fontsinuse.com/uses/2291/ableton-website – ableton fonts! reading on type defining a brand https://glyphsapp.com/ good tool

http://typography.philipyoungg.com/

October 14, 2020