050 – Friday, 25th June 2021
Hello again! I’m Mark, and this is the Specimen Digest, a weekly typography newsletter.
You’ve probably heard of the STARR method of explaining work. STARR stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result, Reflect. I also like to think of how this might apply to projects and the lifecycle within it. If I apply that thinking to this project, I reckon I’m at the Result/Reflect phase. And, as this newsletter marks number 50, that’s an appropriate arbitrary number to start reflecting on things. So what’s happened in just over a year?
It’s been good fun!
But with reflection comes the nagging doubts. The ‘I should’ve done better’ thoughts. With a learning mindset I should listen and act on these in a positive way. So, on the immediate horizon…
So, dear readers, I hope you’ve enjoyed the first 50, and will join me in the next.
Until next week!
SKWAR SKWAR is a very square, monospaced variable font with weight and width axes. The specimen has a very nice feature of mapping the width axis to music for a nifty equaliser.
Inter Samples Inter has been featured here before, but the samples page is something special. A LONG list of typeset examples showing potential usage. This mapping of features of the typeface to real-world examples is really useful in evaluation.
Lelo Mono An efficient specimen of stacked type-testers, opentype features, and glyph table. It could do with some longer form text examples to really evaluate how it looks longer than a single line.
Wavefont A variable font for waveforms? Why not! The specimen is super-simple with examples and sliders for the axes.
Figure Fort describe Figure as a quirkhorse – all the makings of a workhorse whilst still bringing some quirks from a revival. The specimen hits all the right notes: designed examples, stacked type testers, and complete glyph table with previews.
A load of links for you this week:
My friend Jon releases a font based on his later father’s hand writing. Jon his written about his experience designing it.
A really great piece on how writing CSS using logical properties (text-align: start, instead of text-align: left) helps with designing fr multi-language web sites and products.
A couple of articles on font stacks. An often forgotten little part of designing for the web…
Canada Modern is a physical and digital archive of Canadian graphic design, with modernism central to its glowing heart.
And, finally, a personal favourite: Sans Bullshit Sans