Christian Ross

Quality finds this week

So I know its been quiet around here for the last couple of weeks. I am slowly getting towards the end of a major overhaul of this site that will hopefully suffice for a little while.

I have a folder where I deposit random stuff I stumble across on the web that may or may not ever see the light of day. Here are a few that I’ve come across within the last week or two that found their way into prolonged tab exposure or my dustbin.

Alphabet Poster by beauchamping
(sold on Etsy)

Speaking of Etsy, with a site built mostly for handmade goods, you’re bound to get some real junk mixed in. Thankfully, Regretsy finds the best of them.

Public Gothic typeface from A2591
From the designer, “It is little industrial, little vintage, little condensed, little bold.
Public Gothic is our new font family and beta release is free to use in all your designs, commercial or non commercial. ”

4 variations, free to download and use (thought not for web-embedding).

The League of Movable Type
I’ve known about this one a little longer but since the subject of type has already been brought up, The League is killing it with some open source, web-embeddable fonts.

Already used several in different projects including, League Gothic, Chunk and Blackout.

Know Your Type

To continue a steady dose of design and/or typography related content recently, I offer up an interesting series I just came across from the new design blog idsgn called Know Your Type.

So far they have done the research of the history and usage of four different typefaces (all sans-serif so far) and presented it in a very well-done manner. A serif font is promised next in the series.

Gotham (made recently popular by a certain Presidential campaign)

Typekit, please hurry

On a scale from 1 to 10 on how excited I am to see what becomes of the soon-to-be released Typekit, I fall somewhere between 2,745 and infinity.

Typekit, in their own words (emphasis mine):

As a Typekit user, you’ll have access to our library of high-quality fonts. Just add a line of JavaScript to your markup, tell us what fonts you want to use, and then craft your pages the way you always have. Except now you’ll be able to use real fonts. This really is going to change web design.

While it won’t turn the web canvas into a sketch pad, it should offer up the ability for me to prettify the web on your computer even more. As it stands now, there are a very limited amount of ways for me to get your favorite font on the web (ie. Papyrus) without breaking copyright laws or hindering future development on your site.

It might be early, but I think I’m in love.