Friday, May 7, 2010

Fletch REAL Type Comes To The Web

Excellent news. Type companies are putting their fonts online which web designers can reference when creating a site. Fonts may be licensed from Webkit (and there is a free 'Trial' option which allows two fonts to be used from quite a large library, as long as monthly traffic is under 5GB).

No more sites where the main reader typeface is Arial, Verdana, or Times New Roman.


7 comment(s):

KG said...

Could you explain to some to us less techy people what the implications are Fletch?

leftrightout said...

Well, I will, if you don't mind me butting in.

Web designers are limited to a small range of fonts because the font is not embedded in the web site, it is loaded from the viewer's computer. So, if I use superdupercolourbigboldfont the only people who can see it are those who already have it on their pc. The only alternative until now has been to conver the font to a graphic.

With this system the range of fonts is vastly increased as the fonts will be served from other web servers.

There is a better service than webkit that I am currently playing with.

leftrightout said...

Oh, and the implications are a lot of very ugly websites with weird arse fonts LOL.

韋志 said...
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I.M Fletcher said...

KG, pretty much what LRO said :)
It means that web designers will be able to design pages using the fonts they want - more akin to people who do print design. Most web pages you load now (ie NZ Herald etc) will have the type that make up stories and headings chosen from a very slim pool - eg, Arial, Verdana, Times New Roman, but now they'll be able to use practically any font they like.

Of course, Flash sites have been imbedding fonts for years.

KG said...

aah, ok. Thanks guys.

I.M Fletcher said...

Of course, our site genie Andrei has been giving us a unique look for ages! I wouldn't even try to guess at how he does it though :) It's a bit beyond my ken.

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