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Font or Typeface?

jayrobinson:

I wasn’t completely clear on their usage, so I googled it, and this was the best result:

the physical embodiment of a collection of letters, numbers, symbols, etc. (whether it’s a case of metal pieces or a computer file) is a font. When referring to the design of the collection (the way it looks) you call it a typeface.

When you talk about how much you like a tune, you don’t say: “That’s a great MP3”. You say: “That’s a great song”. The MP3 is the delivery mechanism, not the creative work; just as in type a font is the delivery mechanism and a typeface is the creative work.

TL;DR:

font is what you use, and typeface is what you see.

This is probably one of those things that drives graphic designers crazy. But, outside of design studios, the language has become much more relaxed. This is just another one of those cases where the meaning of the word changes to account for relaxed usage.

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The New Bulletproof @Font-Face Syntax

If you’re doing web design and not using Fontspring yet, shame on you. While TypeKit and a bunch of the other great web font services that have cropped over the years are great, Fontspring hits that sweet spot for me of not relying on someone else to host the fonts and thusly charging me monthly with usage caps and having a great collection of high quality fonts to choose from. The fact they’ve figured out the tricky stuff for me of finding the winning font-face stack goes a long way too. I can’t say enough about these guys. I used them on Widgetbox and it worked out great.

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Never, ever use two spaces after a period

I’ve had this heated debate with several people through out my life and used many of the same points in this article. It still amazes me how many people are convinced they’re correct even though I present them with irrefutable evidence as to why they’re wrong. It’s how they were taught so they believe it to be the “correct” standard.

Let’s break the cycle people, please.

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Web Typography for Real?

So the past few months I’ve read, dabbled, and kept a heightened interest of the state of true typography on the Web. Zeldman posted a great article about his love/hate affair with Typekit and I’ve tried a few experiments with Typekit and Cufón. Interesting technology but nothing quite covers all the bases.

But at the end of it all, it’s enough to make any designer’s head spin. Why can’t this be easy? Why aren’t we there yet? And if we are there, why hasn’t anyone told me? I’ve tried Typekit and share Zeldman’s sentiments. Why I appreciate it trying to make it easy, it’s still not using web standards, which I feel it should. Plus I’m not a big fan of the font rental setup of Typekit.

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