Posts Tagged “Typography”

Hello, Colfax

On a whim, I decided to switch from my typical serif blog type to Colfax, a lovely typeface designed by Process Type Foundry. I’d been using it for site navigational elements and was thrilled to see... Read note

Stranger Things

Let’s just take a minute to bask in how cool everything associated with Stranger Things is. The synth tones of the opening credits and the appropriately evocative use of ITC Benguiat and ITC Avant Garde Gothic... Read note

NASA Graphics Standard Manual

I’m a happy backer of the Kickstarter project to reissue the 1975 NASA Graphics Standards Manual. Recently, Nasa released a PDF of the manual online. It’s great and it only makes me want the printed version... Read note

Mr. Robot

I’ve been enjoying Mr. Robot this Summer—It starts with one of the best pilots I’ve ever seen. One small detail that’s stood out for me are the title shots. The music, framing, and oversized logo are... Read note


Fontstand is a new service + Mac OS X app that introduces a new way to license desktop fonts. Even though 99% of my work is web-based, Fontstand immediately appeals to me. Read note

OpenType on the Web

While preparing for my Ampersand Conference talk, I decided to learn more about how to use OpenType features on the web. I was delighted to find this online demo/sandbox built by the conference organizer himself, Richard... Read note

The Newest New Typography

I love what Gerry Leonidas says in his Ampersand Conference talk (at about 29:30) about making better use of stuff like Markdown to create a more browser-centric set of tools. We use so many apps for... Read note

Type & Touch

As a general rule I gravitate towards larger type not only for relative readability, but also to help with touch targets. Yesterday, Matt Griffin from Bearded posted on the desire to, at times, use a base... Read note

8Faces #5

I can remember listening to Elliot Jay Stocks speak about all that went into getting 8Faces magazine up and running at Brooklyn Beta 2010. I’d bet that the dedication and courage he demonstrated in embarking on... Read note

Earlier this week the responsive website for Microsoft’s 2012 Build Conference went live. Happily, our favorite honey badger, Nishant Kothary, enlisted Paravel to assist with design and the front-end responsive code. Check it out! Read note

Fluid Type

Embracing the fluid & flexible aspect of responsive web design was an easy decision, but I’ve been less sure-footed when it comes to balancing that with setting type on the web. Read article

Jiro, Sushi & Web Type

One of my favorite documentaries is Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which tells the story of 85 year-old sushi master, Jiro Ono, who has spent his life honing his craft at a 10-seat restaurant in a Japanese... Read article

Icon Fonts

Chris Coyier’s Icon Fonts are Awesome demo pushed me up to the edge, and seeing how fuzzy image icons look next to ultra-crisp retina display text threw me over. Now, I’m testing out an icon font... Read note

Reagan Ray’s Shop

Grab your wallets! Reagan just opened up the shop section of his website. He’s been designing & screen printing posters this spring, and two are available for purchase now. I’ve got both, but have to admit... Read note

Vernacular Typography

I just backed this project on Kickstarter and think you should too. is a source of endless inspiration and does valuable work in documenting and preserving great examples of regional typography & signage. Read note

A New

Today, Paravel launched the new responsive website for Typofonderie. We had a great time with the challenges that arose from building a font-selling, ecommerce-driven, responsive web site. We took extra care to scale things like category... Read note

New Adventures Workshop

The time for New Adventures is nearly upon us! I’ve been building slides for my talk as well as prepping materials for my workshop on controlling web typography. The plan is to spend some time exploring... Read note

On Font-Size

I’ve noticed that just about every year or so I favor larger type for body / paragraph text. A while back I moved from 16px (100%) to 18px (112.5%) and today I decided to increase that... Read note

Netmag: Texturizing Web Type

I recently wrote a tutorial on texturizing web type for .Net magazine (Issue 221). One of my favorite CSS properties for text, mask-image, is covered in-depth from creating a semi-transparent texture in Photoshop to implementing it... Read note

CSS Hyphenation

After reading this Fontdeck Blog post a few of weeks ago, I dropped an exciting new CSS property into the stylesheet for this blog. Wanting to test hyphenation on all my posts and pages, I applied... Read note

Wood Type Revival

I eagerly backed this Kickstarter project from Matt Griffin and Matt Braun a few months back and was thrilled to see that funding was successful. They’ve been hard at work, providing updates on acquisitions and process... Read note

Converge SE 2011 Slides

My Paravel cohorts Dave, Reagan and I had a great time conferencing at Converge SE this summer. If you missed it or want a refresher you can check out the example site from our Designing With... Read note

Converge SE 2011

I’ll be doing double duty this June at Converge SE, teaming up with my Paravel cohorts, Dave & Reagan, for a workshop called Designing with Type on Friday, and speaking about Controlling Web Typography on Saturday.... Read note

Fun With CSS Text-Shadow

I used 100 text-shadows to make the graphic below happen. Sure, it’s excessive, ridiculous and just plain silly. But why, at times, can’t the web be all of those things? I’m all for sensible, well-reasoned CSS,... Read note

I’ve always been impressed by how generous Reagan is with his time and talent. Over the past few months, he’s helped Dave and me beef up our own identities and personal projects, leaving his own site on... Read note


FontShop has done a lot for web fonts.  Their latest contribution, FontFonter, lets you test an ever-expanding set of available fonts on any site you wish.  Aside from being the easiest & lowest commitment way to test... Read note

CSS Text-Rendering

This morning I saw a couple of tweets from @seangaffney and @maxvoltar about the CSS text-rendering property, which is in the W3C Working Draft. Aesthetically Loyal has outlined the differences in kerning pairs and browser support... Read note

Colosseo Letterpress Poster

I’ve been following the progress Cameron Moll has made in designing his Colosseo Letterpress Poster on Dribbble for a few months now. Getting regular insights into what it takes to pull something like this off reinforces... Read note