Jonathan Hoefler:

About two years ago, H&Co Senior Designer Andy Clymer proposed that we design a monospace typeface. Monospace (or “fixed-width”) typefaces have a unique place in the culture: their most famous ancestor is the typewriter, and they remain the style that designers reach for when they want to remind readers about the author behind the words. Typewriter faces have become part of the aesthetic of journalism, fundraising, law, academia, and politics; a dressier alternative to handwriting, but still less formal than something set in type, they’re an invaluable tool for designers. […]

The command-line editor — these days, home to so many people who design things — could really be improved by a fully fixed-width typeface. What if, in addition to shedding the unwanted baggage of the typewriter, we also looked to the programming environment as a place where type could make a difference? Like many screen fonts before it, Operator could pay extra attention to the brackets and braces and punctuation marks more critical in code than in text. But if Operator took the unusual step of looking not only to serifs and sans serifs, but to script typefaces for inspiration, it could do a lot more. It could render the easily-confused I, l, and 1 far less ambiguous.

Ma quanto è bella?

Adobe ha rilasciato un nuovo font, Acumin, studiato apposta per diventare l’Helvetica degli ebook:

When Robert Slimbach saw the movie Helvetica, his thought was: but it’s all signage! There was no talk about text. He reflected that Helvetica had always been a display typeface, never really designed for text, but that it had become so popular that it got forced into the mold of a text typeface and used that way constantly. It could be very appealing for that use, with its even appearance, but its design parameters and letterfit didn’t really suit text.

È una notizia di alcune settimane fa (non so come me la sono persa): Google ha commissionato a TypeTogether (quelli che della bellissima Adelle) una font adatta specialmente a testi lunghi, da utilizzare per gli ebook [1. Nello stesso periodo Amazon rilasciava Bookerly, la sua custom font per ebook]. Il risultato è Literata:

Jose Scaglione and Veronika Burian of TypeTogether included characteristics common to the typefaces typically used by book designers for fiction titles, so the reading experience is familiar, but updated them to bring new movement and feeling to the font,” Beavers says. “The shapes of features of letters, like terminals and outstrokes, all are firmly formed for reading on screens, but are softened for smooth movement across a line.

La font di Google, Literata

Purtroppo non è ancora disponibile su Google Fonts, ma dicono arriverà (seppur entro 18 mesi — un po’ lunga l’attesa).

100 giorni di font

Per 100 giorni, ogni giorno, Do-Hee Kim proverà a creare una nuova pagina web[1. Stile splash page] utilizzando di font diversi fra quelli disponibili su Google Font, pubblicando il risultato su 100daysoffonts.com.

Siamo già al 27esimo giorno dall’inizio dell’esperimento e il risultato è ottimo. È bello da ammirare, ma anche utile se avete problemi d’abbinamento o volete scovare dei font buoni su Google Font.

Relativo: Quanto durerà Google Font?