A company that owns 2,00 fonts is going to make them “all” available for the web this Tuesday. This following a few other companies making their fonts available this past February. So this is going to be a huge boost to not only the Web Designers community but the web community as a whole. Just think of the amount of space that is going to be saved by not having to upload images with text in it. Which in turn will lower the load times for everyone. Also, making the text an image removes it from search engines. Now they wont have be, and searches will be more accurate. And that’s just scratching the surface of the possibilities.
But, with every great thing in design comes the bad too. Remember the early days on the web where every page was black and text was in a thousand different colors? Neon green, pink, blue, red, orange..orange for Christ’s sake?! Scrolling boxes and messages. Flashing pictures and animated ones as well. These pitfalls were everywhere and man did it make things hard to read. I just hope that this change is going to be subtle and that most people won’t even notice it even happened. Yet even still, I’m pretty stoked about this.
Go to the LA Times for the complete story.
To illustrate how Web fonts will look different than system fonts, the designers at Monotype Imaging created the following visual. The image on the left uses system fonts: Microsoft Corporation’s Verdana® (heads); Monotype’s Times New Roman® (nav, paragraph in brackets) and Monotype’s Arial® (paragraph copy, What’s Hot & Recent Posts). The image on the right uses web fonts: Linotype’s Coronet® “finally, fashion that’s frugal”; Monotype Imaging’s Parma (family) is used for the serif text, and the sans serif text is in Monotype Imaging’s Felbridge.