Thanks to MrMild, our Chief Investigative Typographer, for bringing this article to our attention. It’s a bit breathless, but still a fun read for lovers of type.
Thanks to a certain retired writer from up North for sending us this article about lawsuits that turn on font identification — and the font experts who are hired to testify.
One of the most common malware campaigns from compromised websites is known as EITest and has traditionally been redirecting victims towards exploit kits. But it also has an alternate payload for browsers other than Internet Explorer, specifically for Google Chrome, where it tricks users into downloading a fake font file.
Hat tip to our Internet Security Correspondent “Mr Mild.”
I have no idea if Liron Lavi Turkenich’s sycretistic Hebrew-Arabic font has any practical use but I can attest that the letterforms she has created have grace and are a pleasure to look at.
Hat-tip to MrMild !
You don’t have to agree with the definitions supplied by YouWorkForThem to enjoy their glossary of font nomenclature. See: What Do Font Names Actually Mean? | YouWorkForThem Blog
Steven Heller writes about the old days of burnishers and silicon backing sheets.
According to graphic designer Tynan Humphrey, the old font appeared to be Helvetica while the new font looks like Avenir. “It’s a little lighter, and a bit more geometric than the old font,” he told the Daily Dot.
Snapchat changed one of their app’s fonts and hilarity ensued. Click to read the DailyDot article: Snapchat changed its font and now life just doesn’t make sense anymore
Hat tip to MrMild.
The U.S. Federal Highway Administration approved the use of the Clearview font for highway signage back in 2004, because testing showed that it contributed to increased readability. The approval has now been rescinded, so future signage will be in good old Highway Gothic. According to the FHWA, the legibility claims for Clearview have been disproven, though the agency has yet to reveal any scientific basis for their change.
More background at the New York Times: The Road to Clarity
Thanks to one of our Typographic Irregulars, MrMild.