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22 OCTOBER 2013

CSS Fonts Module Level 3: the @font-face rule

"The @font–face rule allows for linking to fonts that are automatically fetched and activated when needed. This allows authors to select a font that closely matches the design goals for a given page rather than limiting the font choice to a set of fonts available on a given platform. A set of font descriptors define the location of a font resource, either locally or externally, along with the style characteristics of an individual face. Multiple @font–face rules can be used to construct font families with a variety of faces. Using CSS font matching rules, a user agent can selectively download only those faces that are needed for a given piece of text."

(World Wide Web Consortium, 3 October 2013)

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2013CSS3 • Cufon • design for the screen • design goal • End User Licensing Agreement • EOT • EULA • font • font choice • font descriptor • font embedding • font family • font linking • font matching • font resource • font-face • font-face rule • fonts • inline SVG • Open Font License (OFL) • openfonts • Opentype • OTF • platform independent • selectively download • sIFR • style characteristics • SVG • TTF • typetypefaceTypekittypography • Typoteque • ubiquitous web fonts • user agent • W3Cweb design • web design typography • web technologies • web type • web typography • webfont • WOFF

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Simon Perkins
12 APRIL 2012

LycetteBros: revisting Not My Type

"The Not My Type animation series was primarily produced for distribution on the internet. Set in an office, the Not My Type series explores the various relationships within. While avoiding the use of language and dialogue, Not My Type, takes various typographic faces, symbols and characters and then duplicates, distorts and moves them to create a simple, stylistic production.

The initial version was created using Macromedia Director in 1995 (while John was at University) and was then recreated in 2000 for internet distribution using Flash – which was a perfect fit for a font based, primarily black & white animation. Not My Type I was so well received that another episode soon followed, culminating in four episodes by the end of 2002."

(John and Mark Lycette)

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1995200020022D animationAdobe Flashanimated episodesanimationanimation seriesAustraliablack and white • distribution on the internet • episodesexpressive typographyfonts • internet distribution • John LycetteLycette BrosMacromedia DirectorMark LycettemuteNot My Typeoffice settingshort film • stylistic production • typetypeface personalitiestypographic characterstypographic faces • typographic symbols • typography

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Simon Perkins
20 SEPTEMBER 2011

Free typefaces

"This is a website dedicated to free fonts that are readily available on the web that I use regularly and would like to share. Of course free fonts aren't always the best option and good typography isn't just about pretty fonts, but there are a few out there that are more than worth a look, and I have featured some of my favourites here.

Please note: I am not distributing these fonts or claiming ownership, I'm just trying to point fellow designers in the direction of some useful resources."

(Simon Foster)

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designersfontfontsfree fontsletterform • pretty fonts • resourcestypefacetypography • useful resources • visual communication

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Simon Perkins
01 AUGUST 2011

The Digital Revolution: digital type was born in 1968

"In 1965, Dr. Ing. Rudolf Hell introduced the Digiset typesetting system. It was the first device to produce characters on a CRT entirely from digital masters. By the 1970's phototypesetting was replaced by stored information which was set as a series of small dots or closely spaced vertical lines that appeared solid in the finished product. The output speed was 1,000 to 10,000 characters per second.

DigiGrotesk was the first digital type font and was designed in 1968 by the Hell Design Studio and was available in seven weights from light to bold. Hermann Zapf, Gudrun von Hesse and Gerard Unger were early type designers for this new technology."

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19651968characters • CRT • design historydevice • DigiGrotesk • Digiset typesetting system • digital mastersdigital revolutiondigital type • digital type font • Dr. Ing. Rudolf Hell • fonts • Gerard Unger • Gudrun von Hesse • Hell Design Studio • Hermann Zapf • Linotype GmbH • new technology • phototypesetting • typetype designerstypefacetypographyvisual design

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Simon Perkins
28 DECEMBER 2010

Typekit: using real fonts on the web

"Built around web standards, our service gives designers and developers a subscription–based library of hosted, high–quality fonts to use on their websites."

(Typekit, Inc.)

[Note that this is a paid subscription service.]

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Simon Perkins
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