Sunday, October 16, 2011

Enjoy your typography

If you enjoy typography here are a couple of links to bring a smile to your face.

First of all is the famous "So you need a typeface?" infographic.

(The original author has his website here : http://julianhansen.com/)

Next up there are the really hilarious shorts by college humour called Font Conference and Font Fight.

And if you have 50 minutes here is a nice talk by Rob Conery and Scott Hanselman with Bill Hill (the creator of cleartype) that you are sure to enjoy.

And if you want to have a deeper understanding of why typography matters here is "Magic of reading" by Bill hill in Microsoft Word format : www.billhillsite.com/osprey.doc
(Source http://billhillsblog.blogspot.com/2008/02/magic-of-reading.html)

Here is a short description of how cleartype works:

For a detailed discussion Wikipedia has an excellent article. Also interestingly WPF renderes all text in cleartype. But so does every windows by default starting from Vista.

Enjoy!