01.09.12

Look, new fonts!

Posted in at 17:30 by RjZ

In junior high I decorated my text book covers with hand drawn letters and designs strongly influenced by Manchester designer Peter Saville. Don’t know him? He created iconic album covers for bands like Ultravox and the famous Joy Division Unknown Pleasures which I still see on t-shirts today. (Isn’t that an oldie? Get on with it kids, that (great) album was released in 1979!)

I remember playing with my dot-matrix ImageWriter II and being impressed with a new found array of fonts. Logical favorite then was “Ransom” designed by Susan Kare (she also designed the original mac icons!)

When the LaserWriter came out I wound up printing whole binders full of font samples. I took them oddly, naturally, and had an uncanny ability to identify font from samples. With so much proliferation of fonts, ugly and amazing, copies and variations, I no longer can just look at a font and tell its name. That doesn’t mean I don’t care about them.

So, have a look, I’m trying out Google Web Fonts. Did they make this page too long to download? Can you see the difference and do you like it? Let me know what you think. Bonus if you can name the fonts….

1 Comment »

  1. erin said,

    January 30, 2012 at 14:53

    yes, i noticed. i like the new font.

    i enjoy fonts as well, but it strikes a sour note with me when people raise fonts to an art form. i did work with a major design firm in san francisco and they send out a calendar to their clients every year that features one font. i don’t get it anymore (thankfully) but it made me laugh each time i received the calendar. like, really??? i’d rather look at puppy photos.

    it reminds me of the documentary objectified. i love design but when designers talk about their own work with the same gravity as if they’re solving the large issues of the world such as hunger, climate change and human violence, it rubs me the wrong way. i started out loving this movie and by the end of it, i disliked most of the people in it. the same goes for font worship. let’s keep it in perspective people.

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