Google Fonts – Version 2!

Check it out – http://www.google.com/webfonts/v2!

Google Fonts offically (soft) launched the new version of their Google Fonts directory late last week. It’s a huge improvement in every way imaginable. They did some really great work on it. I was privileged to be part of the user research process, and I can tell you a LOT of very hard work went into getting this thing right.

One of the stated goals for version 2 is that they will have 1000+ web fonts to choose from in one year’s time. This new design will definitely handle that volume of web fonts better than the original version.

There are also many more tools that let you look at how your fonts will be used. The “Test Drive” feature is particularly nice.

I think one of the smartest new additions is the data impact indicator that is shown on the last page of the process. It’s great to know how much load you are really adding.

So, go take it for a spin, and get using those web fonts!

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GitHub for Mac

Use a Mac? Write a lot of code? Doing so with Git?

Just announced this week: GitHub for Mac.

Very slick interface – and seems to work pretty reliably. I don’t know how it will respond when there are any issues with Git, but so far, so good!

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Designing in the open – a moodboard for chipcullen.com

I’ve been working on a new design for this site (I’m sick of using a tweaked version of Twenty Ten).

As part of that process, I tried mood boarding. Sad to say, I’ve never really done a mood board before. Better late than never, eh?

So, here is what I’ve got going so far:

A mood board for chipcullen.com
A collection of pieces of design that I like, that I'm trying to use as a departure point for my design.

I know it’s very eclectic, but all of these pieces resonate with me on some level. My question is – do they coexist well? It’s a mishmash of fonts, colors, and styles, but there is a thread there.

What do you think? Does this mood board “work”? I’d love to hear it!

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