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Archive for October, 2010

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[previously] “Blog.fonts.com has fallen over and grazed its knee. We’re kissing it better and hope to have it fully upright as soon as possible…”

We’re up again, newly configured and installed…

Apologies for any inconveniences for anyone trying to get the PDF issues of U&lc.

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by Allan Haley

Richard Nixon became embroiled in the Watergate scandal in 1974, which caused him to become the only U.S. President to resign the office. In that same year the first handheld cellular phone call was made, “The Godfather, Part II” won best movie of the year at the Academy Awards, and Secretariat became the first horse in over 25 years to win U.S. horseracing’s triple crown.

ITC also began publishing U&lc, The International Journal of Typographics in 1974. Herb Lubalin was the editorial and art director of the first issue and his seminal design set the stage for future issues of trend setting and award winning editorial creations.

The modest 24-page first issue declared, “U&lc will provide a panoramic window, a showcase for the world of graphic arts – a clearing house for the international exchange of ideas and information.”

And, indeed, it did.

Over the 26 years that it was published, U&lc gathered a following of thousands of avid readers that eagerly anticipated each issue. It became the most important typographic publication of its time.

While a couple of years lacked a full complement, U&lc was published quarterly, in its – large format – tabloid size, until the fall of 1999. Early publications were limited to black and white, and color was introduced in 1988.

Even though U&lc ceased publication over 10 years ago, we continue to receive weekly requests for back issues and reprints of specific articles. Unfortunately, because we have a limited supply of the hardcopy issues, we have been unable to fulfill these requests.

Thanks to technology, this has changed. Over this summer, we had a complete set of the publication scanned as high and low resolution files. Today, we are happy to announce that we will be making these scans available as downloadable Adobe® Acrobat® PDF documents – and the files will be searchable.

Every month, we will make one volume (a year’s worth of publications) available through the Fonts.com blog. There are, however, a couple of caveats. First, the files are big – as in “way big.” The low-resolution files can be as big as 18 MB and the high-resolution files are downright huge at over 85 MB in some cases. Second, they are not perfect. The original documents were sometimes faded, cracked or torn. That combined with a semi-automated scanning process (over 9,000 pages scaned) resulted in some unavoidable “character” traits. The final caveat is that the above plan could change depending on audience interest level (or lack thereof). So, if you love it, let us know.

Click below the links below, and you will be rewarded with the first volume of U&lc. Enjoy.

Low Resolution:

Volume 1–1 (Low Res).pdf (5.1 MB)

Volume 1–2 (Low Res).pdf (10.2 MB)

Volume 1–3 (Low Res).pdf (10.3 MB)

High Resolution:

Volume 1–1.pdf (21.4 MB)

Volume 1–2.pdf (42.7 MB)

Volume 1–3.pdf (46.1 MB)

Allan Haley
Allan Haley is Director of Words & Letters at Monotype Imaging. Here he is responsible for strategic planning and creative implementation of just about everything related to typeface designs.

 


by Chris Roberts

Here’s a list of smart phones where we have seen web font support with our own eyes. Let us know if you know of others.

Apple – iPhone 3G
Apple – iPhone 4
Dell Aero
HTC Hero
HTC myTouch 3G
HTC Nexus One
HTC Tatoo
HTC T-Mobile – myTouch 3G
Moto Droid 2
Motorola – DROID
Motorola Backflip MB300
Motorola Opus One
Samsung Galaxy S


by Johnathan Zsittnik

If you’ve entered the Web Font Awards, be sure to promote your submission. To qualify for the Community Choice award, your entry needs a minimum of 25 ratings. To help you out, we’ve created a series of banners and badges for use on your website. Link to your entry on the Web Font Awards to drive ratings for your submission. Remember, the voting period ends November 8th. Good luck!

Johnathan Zsittnik
Johnathan Zsittnik is the eCommerce Marketing Manager at Monotype Imaging. Johnathan holds both a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in business administration from Bentley University.



by Chris Roberts

Today we announced the Fonts.com Web Fonts API (application programming interface). The API is intended to allow developers to exercise the capabilities of the Fonts.com Web Fonts portal from within their own applications.

Perhaps the best example is within a Content Management System (CMS). The natural place for Web font styling to occur is directly within the Web content authoring tool. Right now I am authoring this blog post within the WordPress® platform. With the Fonts.com Web Fonts API, a WordPress plug-in can be developed to style text directly within the WordPress UI, just as a user would do within any desktop publishing application. Actually…we did just that. To demonstrate the power and range of capabilities that the API offers, we created plug-ins, modules and extensions for three of the most commonly used CMS platforms…WordPress®, Drupal® and Joomla!®. We have issued them as Open Source, so they can be used freely, improved and extended.

We can’t wait to see what folks create with the API. Information about the Fonts.com Web Fonts API, as well as the WordPress, Drupal and Joomla plug-ins, modules and extensions can be found here: http://webfonts.fonts.com/developers.


by Chris Roberts

We just released over 350 new web fonts to the Fonts.com Web Fonts portal, bringing the new total available fonts to over 8,000. Also, our free tier offering now includes over 3,000 font choices! Among the new additions are standards like the ITC Benguiat® and ITC Stone® families, new favorites like the Neo® and Scene® families, plus over a hundred additional Chinese fonts that take advantage of our patent pending technology to ensure fast performance for East Asian web fonts. Much more to come, so stay tuned!

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