Typography Module General Write up

Posted: February 26, 2008 in Typography




Typography – a dying art form?



Mark Boultons page is one I have bookmarked for future reference.


An interesting page. The initial article asks a very simple question, which is answered eloquently and not without some passion by the various contributors to the page. It seems to me that there is a definite feeling that Type as a craft, as something to be taught properly and appreciated for it’s own artistic merit and craftsmanship is lacking.


There is a definite leaning toward a hope of seeing type evolving with the ever better tools at our disposal as web developers/designers. I can see the point one person made about the trades in which you would have learned to become a craftsman at Typography are dying out, and the opinion that “we’re currently in a much better place than we were even a few years ago, which, in my opinion, is strong evidence for typography’s continued vitality as an art form and indispensible communicative entity.”




The sentiments of the above page, are echoed in the introduction of Robert Bringhurst’s book The Elements of Typographic Style, the bulk of which can be found here




“For too long typographic style and its accompanying attention to detail have been overlooked by website designers, particularly in body copy. In years gone by this could have been put down to the technology, but now the web has caught up. The advent of much improved browsers, text rendering and high resolution screens, combine to negate technology as an excuse.”



The next thing I looked at



“sIFR-One way to use embodied fonts or as the page is titled;”

sIFR 2.0: Rich Accessible Typography for the Masses

This is definitely something that I shall be looking into further as I continue through the module as it will take some looking into.

As an aside I do like to see the old ‘Hacker ethic’ still alive and kicking at the forefront of the industry.

“We’ve released sIFR to the world as open source, under the CC-GNU LGPL license, so anyone can use it free of charge.”

I do think following some of the links provided are worthwhile too, this one is the original post that Mike Davidson made about this.


I shall be looking onto this a bit more as I would like to incorporate this type of text into some of my web design, as previously I have created text in Photoshop and used the jpg image in a web page to ensure that a particular piece of text looks that same regardless of the browser.


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