Web Design & Front-end development

Web fonts are coming

It’s been a long time coming but Apple is working to include better font support for Safari. The ‘@font-face’ rule will replace sIFR by enabling the downloading of fonts to the browser. This marks the ongoing awareness of typography on the web. The W3C had better get their act together and finish up on CSS3, now more than ever. sIFR has made downloadable fonts a reality, this recent development doesn’t change that. However the quality will be easier to manage eventhough site authors still must decide how they should deal with licensing issues. Who will follow suite and will Microsoft once again fall behind?

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Across the street

Rotterdam, Plein 1940. (taken with my mobile phone: W880i)

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Music Memphis

Yes, another video clip. This time for the band “Cuarteto de Nos”. Great music, but it’s the typography in the clip that blows me away. This is something that could only be done today. 10 years ago this would have been next to impossible to do and even if we did would they use the Memphis typeface? Maybe, maybe not. In any case it looks great!

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Stranger infographics

One of the best film I’ve enjoyed this year has to be Stranger than fiction. Above all it’s the infographics for this film that are simply stunning.

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Apple or no Apple

My work computer is a MacBook Pro, I’m very happy with it. It’s fast, mobile, multi platform and handsome. As a web designer who often works on location with the client all of these things count. However I’m aware of the pitfalls when using it for personal use seeing as I no longer use my G4 Tower at home. Installing software I bought mixed in with company owned software on the MacBook can get tricky. Privacy, security and ownership issues are real. So I’m considering getting my own ‘personal’ computer. The iMac fits the bill very nicely and I held any purchase off until a new iMac revealed itself.

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Pick my brain

The section ‘In depth’ has been empty for some time now. Initially I was going to write a piece on Veerle’s new weblog. Well, that was some time ago. Recently the copy & paste crowd have been raving about CSS Reset and just this past week we’ve seen the emergence of a front-end framework. Very good idea but it still needs a lot of work. Semantic HTML would be nice. So I decided to write a little bit about grids and baselines. Next installment will cover Flash and JavaScript effecting typography.

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A little bit of sIFR

It’s been a long time coming. sIFR (Scalable Inman Flash Replacement) has, after all my complaining, made it to this site. I’ve used the technique, with various degrees of success, on other sites. So, I thought lets give it a shot.

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FontBook, big big book of typefaces

Yes, the new FontBook is a ‘handy’ book to have lying around the studio. Selecting a typeface is not easy and using a typeface is even more difficult. I’ve often used such references as design inspiration for when ever I got stuck. Being able to tune out the world and hyper-focus on typography has often put me back on track with a problematic design. Whether I used a particular typeface or not.

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Ingmar Bergman dies

Sad to read about such a legend passing away. One of the great European film directors, Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007). Rest in peace.

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Dutch web heads getting serious

It’s about time that someone got the ball rolling and set up a non-profit organisation to ensure and promote a high level of front-end work. Some of the big names in the Netherlands have found their way on the guild’s membership list. Some, like Mirabeau, have made an almost miraculous transformation over the last couple of years in adopting web standards. I have doubts whether or not the other big names are up to par. But let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water.

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