fonts

IBM Plex

Here’s a free new font for IBM Plex, a family of typefaces by the iconic company of the same name. It's on Google Fonts if you want to use it.

And we're talking about a multifaceted font. It touts having:

  • Roman and Italics
  • Four subfamilies
  • Eight weights
  • Support for 100 languages

The site promoting the font is noteworthy in and of itself. It's been designed to showcase how the typefaces were built as a single, complex system and tells the story in interactive sections using a parallax effect. Even if you’re not a big fan of the typefaces themselves (although I certainly am), it’s still super interesting to see how they visually describe the challenges they faced when in the design process. There’s lots of weird and interesting UI things going on here.

If you love news about companies making their own fonts, there have been a few others lately like U.S. Soccer's 90 Minutes and Netflix Sans.

Google Fonts Redesign

It's a big redesign of a site I'm sure all of use have visited many, many times. It even resides on a new subdomain: fonts.google.com.

Live typing samples in the search index for the win! There are also much nicer font specimen pages with clearer examples, cool/nerdy data visualizations, and pairing recommendations. Reminder that you may want to use a bit more sophisticated font loading than the snippets they provide, though.

Web Fonts for President 2016

Zach Leatherman digs under the cover of the presidential candidates’ websites and reveals that font loading is a nuanced and complicated business:

Using a web font service doesn’t necessarily mean that your web site will use best practices. We must be knowledgeable about the internals of the tools we use in order to best utilize them to our advantage. At the end of the day if you don’t want to put any effort into it, it’s safer to use TypeKit.

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