Cloud.typography vs. Typekit

Typekit has been around for just under 4 years now and is a staple in my web design toolkit. Veen and the team there led the way in improving the delivery of web fonts, providing good or better features and results than all the other options available. Add to that a great selection of fonts and it's a pretty easy decision to make use of the service. Only now there's a new option. Cloud.typography from H&FJHoefler and Frere-Jones have also been a pillar in the design industry for some time and their fonts are some of the…

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Choosing the right type

I have an affection for type that cannot be simply described or explained. I'm not a professional designer, writer, or editor, yet when I see words set on a page or screen, there is a feeling that comes over me. If the type is well set, then it’s a surge of appreciation. If it’s obvious that very little thought has been given to the layout and character of the text itself, then I have an unbidden disdain for the content within. And most often, I have the desire to design something, anything and to start with typography. A…

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The Case against the EM dash

“You can pry Shift+Alt-Hyphen from my cold, dead hands!” That was the thought going through my mind when this article entered my flow of information. I've long had a bit of an infatuation with the EM dash. And so, firm in my convictions, I read the article confident in an unwavering stance. Dang … Noreen Malone argues her point well. I know that I've grown too fond of this nice, long dash, giving it preference over the period, comma and semi-colon. I mean, semicolons are not even nice to look at. Okay, odd fetishes aside, this article convinced me that…

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Would you like that with or without the space?

So this is what it's come to. Three or four years of reading the blogs of web designers and other assorted nerds and geeks—and yes, there is a difference—has brought on this fascination with certain typographical characters. In particular, ever since I happened upon this post by Christopher Phin, I have been obsessed with the proper usage of the em and en dashes, especially the em. In my search for some consistent answers, it's clear that there is agreement on when to use each. But it's the how that is driving me mad. The whenIn my research, I…

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