Recently, my friend Joe Strickland, a wickedly clever Middle School teacher, shared something deliciously spiffy with me. Joe told me about Clare Brandt‘s informative PC World review of a font that is readable in all manner of sizes. Named after Tiresias, a blind prophet of great renown from Greek mythology, the font was designed by the Digital Accessibility Team (DAT) to be easy for humans and machines to read.
Want to use this nifty typeface? If so, visit the link to download different versions of Tiresias.
The DAT is affiliated with Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards (AEGIS) project. AEGIS works on behalf of technology users with visual, hearing, motion, speech and cognitive impairments.
Want to know more about the ancient character who is the namesake for the font mentioned in this post? If so, visit the following links:
I was exploring Explore GitHub when the title of Adam Stacoviak and Wynn Netherland‘s auditory offering, The Changelog Podcast, caught my eye. I saw, with great delight, that the guest of Episode 0.7.4 was Micah Rich from The League of Moveable Type speaking about open source typography.
- Typophile.com is a must-visit site for anyone fascinated with fonts.
- Be sure to check out Lettercase, Micah’s minimalist font manager.
- During the podcast, Micha mentioned that he was in awe of the work of Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones. Go to Typography.com and you can certainly see why he’s impressed.
Thanks to bleakgadfly over at Hacker News, I’ve discovered the pleasures of William Melody‘s delightful Graphemica. If you want to know more about letters, numbers…heck, all kinds of graphic characters, you’ll love this resource. If you sign up at the site, you get to show some love for your favorite characters. Just click on the little heart and that character becomes part of a list you can revisit later. This is particularly helpful if you need the Unicode code point for a character.
Thanks to a post from nedwin over at Hacker News, I
could spend have spent hours playing with Logoswipe. I read the tagline: “You don’t need a logo, you need a type face,” and I was hooked.
If you really a few hours to while away, try this: make a logoswipe and look at the resulting URL, something like http://logoswipe.com/logo/1702. Change the number at the end. Type a lower number–for example, in this case something like 1602–in its place and you’ll see logos that others have made. Fonterrific!
In her thoroughly wonderful 1998 book, Quite a Year for Plums, author Bailey White introduced the world to an impassioned typographer. He was a character obsessed with letters. Today, when I came across Google’s Font Directory, I couldn’t help but wonder what that letter-loving fellow might think as he tinkered with the site. Being a bit of a typophile myself, I spent way too much time toying with all of the controls.
Google’s nifty resource allows users to browse all the fonts available via the Google Font API. It’s worth a look because the Font Directory has appealing stock. Another bonus: everything in Google’s directory is available for use under an open source license.