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If you could only have five Google Fonts

Posted on by Chip Cullen

The late, great graphic designer Massimo Vignelli famously used only five typefaces in his career -

  • Helvetica
  • Futura
  • Garamond
  • Century
  • Bodoni

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Why would a designer place such a constraint on himself, especially considering the breadth of his career? Typefaces are a tool to be used in design, and he knew these tools well. He knew how extensive those typefaces were, what their strengths were, and where they were weak. He felt he could address the tone of any project with these five choices.

It’s not a bad idea, in this age of widely available digital fonts. You will certainly be moving along with a design a lot faster if you only have to pick from a handful of great fonts, rather than sifting through hundreds of mediocre fonts.

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Font Combinator update – Sharing!

Posted on by Chip Cullen

The Web Font Combinator Share feature

I’m proud to announce that I’ve made a much needed update to the Font Combinator – it now lets you share the combinations that you come up with.

When you’ve come up with a combination that you like, just click on the “Share!” link at the bottom of the controls. You will then be given a long URL that you can send to others, or you can copy the shortened version of the URL as well.

Go check it out!

A known limitation at the moment is that if you hide an element, that change isn’t reflected in the URL.

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I’m retiring Ligatures.js

Posted on by Chip Cullen

Just a quick post to let people know that I’m retiring ligatures.js – my little script that substituted in ligatures on web pages. I’m leaving it up for posterity, but I don’t recommend that people use it moving forward.

Why? I think it makes a lot more sense to use the text-rendering: optimizeLegibility; CSS declaration. It’s more future friendly, and avoids some of the pitfalls that my javascript solution presented. It’s not without it’s own issues – read more about it.

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