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:
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.
dd a little razzle-dazzle to your presentations while integrating technology. How? Use beautiful illuminated letters available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License and graciously hosted at Wikimedia Commons.
I’m a font freak. I experience a delicious thrill upon finding and using new typestyles. I also find myself easily seduced by symbols. Imagine my delight at discovering and plunging into the work of Gerd Arntz, the amazingly dedicated fellow who lovingly crafted upwards of 4000 different Isotype symbols. If you or your students happen to be crafting a slideshow, consider using some of these strikingly austere images to illustrate a point.
Better yet, follow Arntz’s example and give back to the world. Encourage your learners to create their own, iconic symbols. Afterward, drop by the Creative Commons, help pupils choose a license (they’re free!), and teach students how to considerately allow others to copy and distribute their works.
Related links: A complete set of 50 passenger/pedestrian symbols developed by AIGA is now available on the web, free of charge. AIGA (once known as American Institute of Graphic Arts now refered to as “the professional association for design”) has a wealth of rich content well worth exploring.
Being the font fanatic I am, I often obsess over which typeface to use for my different projects. Characteristics such as weight, slope, width, and serif bedevil my mind. Being the trekking techie I am, I never know which computer I’ll be accessing to complete a given task. I hate being tethered to a particular computer, preferring to meander from machine to machine as I work. Thankfully, I ‘m pretty fickle and will work on any available desktop or laptop. Thanks to Stuart Robinson‘s fantastic Flipping Typical site, I can examine, compare, and contrast all of the popular typefaces residing on the computer I’m currently using. If I’ve installed a new font on the machine or one of my favorite fonts doesn’t appear, I can click the font name in the black bar at the top of the screen, type in the name of the font, it will become the main font. Spiffy!