May 2009

May 29
Photo-Lettering
House Industries bought all of Photo-Lettering’s physical collection in 2003 and has been working to digitize select typefaces. This stuff is gorgeous! Be sure to read the history too.
May 28
The Win Without Pitching Manifesto
The Win Without Pitching Manifesto, By using ‘no’ we will give power and credibility to our ‘yes’. Love this.
Introducing Typekit
Real fonts on the web? Yes! I’ve been working alongside Small Batch and some foundries to make it happen. Announcing Typekit, a legal way to use real typefaces on your websites. Signup for a forthcoming preview, or follow @typekit on Twitter for updates.
May 27
Appleā€™s nav bar using only CSS
John Allsopp recreates Apple nav bar using only CSS, and offers up a great CSS gradient customization widget, Gradientifier. I hope more browsers beyond Safari support this soon.
May 22
Nice Web Type likes
Nice Web Type likes, a new series by Tim Brown where he reviews and suggests typeface pairings to use. First up, a free webfont called Graublau Sans. Tim also worked up a great example page to see it in action.
The Deck Ad Network Readership Survey
The Deck Ad Network Readership Survey, the most fun you’ll ever have while taking a survey.
May 19
Sorry I’m Late
Beautiful pixilated short film, Sorry I’m Late.
May 15
Low-Fi Sci-Fi
Low-Fi Sci-Fi book covers, created using A4 paper, with all the typography printed and placed on the structure by hand. Some are very effective.
May 13
Sentinel
For Clarendon and slab serif lovers, Hoefler & Frere-Jones’ beautiful new typeface, Sentinel. Comes in a number of weights, including italics (a rarity in slab serifs).
May 08
How Long?
Jackson Wilkinson looks into the possible misconceptions with the appropriate line length in design.
The Medium is the Mess
Jeremy Keith welcomes our rulebook-questioning overlords by collecting some of the web’s recent posts on traditional design ideals and how they relate to the web.
May 06
A List Apart: Issue 283
A List Apart: Issue 283, Soothe nervous clients with smart communication and planning tools. Tap the hidden intelligence of crowds. Feel better soon. Articles by Derek Powazek and Daniel Ritzenthaler.

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