March 22, 2007

Web Typeface Comparator

One of the challenges of designing nice web pages is finding a font that works well at all sizes and on all platforms and fits well with the face you use in your branding materials.

With Vista on the rise, this issue won't be nearly the hassle it is now and has been with PCs and older macs (much older) rendering screen type as aliased text. "Aliased" means that when you look closely, angled lines in your letterforms look blocky with "staircase" edges.

The solution to this problem is a system that anti-aliases the text (i.e. it blurs the stair-steps a little, to soften the jagged edges). Microsoft's Vista and Apple's OSX do this. But most people aren't on Vista yet, so the problem of the 'jaggies' still exists for a great number of designers.

Some typefaces hold up better when aliased than others. The ARIAL face was in fact designed for use with aliased systems. Some look OK big but look horrible small. It can be a pain to work out which will look best at what size. But my good man Dak Elliott whom works for me here at myfamily.com has found a great little tool to make this easier. It's called the TypeTester and allows you to look at fonts side by side to see how they'll render out. The catch is, if you aren't running the operating system where the jaggies taunt you, you won't see how the typefaces look because this is essentially just an html text generator. Still, its handy to be able to pull this up and take a look at what your typeface selection options are broken down into operating systems etc.

Posted by Ant at 09:32 AM | Comments (0)

March 09, 2007

Weebly

There's a relatively new web product (been blogging since May last year) out that caught my attention for its pure playability and potential to make web design/production accessible to the average, non-html literate Joe. Weebly is a WYSIWYG online web page builder that takes advantage of all the newest AJAXian and Web 2.0 technologies and presents them in an intuitive, non-threatening, explorable way.

Buliding a product easy enough to understand and use through futzing with it should be the aspiration of all designers. That the folks at Weebly have been able to make their implementation so smooth is credit to them. Props.

Not sure where the money's coming from, perhaps they're waiting to be bought. You could buy a lot worse if you wanted to provide your audience with a dead-simple away to get on the web.

Posted by Ant at 10:33 AM | Comments (0)