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We love typography at Gizmodo, so it’s no surprise that we’re rather taken by Type:Ride — a mobile game that let’s you solve riddles and puzzles while learning about fonts along the way.
The fact of the matter is, if you don’t teach your kids about the dangers of using Comic Sans when they’re young, they’re just going to pick it up on the street. Whether it’s a flyer for a garage sale, or a bulletin board at their preschool, the world is a minefield of terrible typography, and you need to address the issue with your young’ns before it becomes a problem.
When iiNet launched Jiva this morning — a new one-size-fits-all unlimited ADSL2+ ISP — we didn’t have much to go on in terms of visuals. The internet being a visual medium, we just made do and posted a photo of iiNet (pictured) next to it and moved on. Now we have the logo for Jiva, and we can’t help but feel like iiNet’s designers have been phoning it in a little with this one.
Typography is something most of us see almost everyday but only few of us really pay attention to the details. It’s all around us that it’s sometime easy to gloss over. This lovely little animation describes its importance and how we’ve had our fun with it, first by showing the basic rules of typesetting and then transitioning to how typography has evolved in movies.
If people are snooping on your textual communications and you don’t like it, there are a couple of things you can do. You can try to block the prying eyes, you can stop saying things you don’t want to be seen, or you can make your messages make no sense to the outside. The anti-authoritarian typeface ZXX is shooting for that last one.
Lettering is everywhere and chances are that you, dear Gizmodo reader, have at least some idea of what font it’s all written in. But the typographical arts have a long, rich history, full of subtle changes and evolutions. And the devil’s in the details.
It’s nearly impossible to use Comic Sans on the internet and not get tarred and feathered. It’s an Internet sin of the highest level. A crime against human decency and people’s eyeballs. A parody of a joke of a fool. Universally hated. So… is it possible to defend the font? Is Comic Sans wrongfully reviled? Maybe!
If you’ve ever tried to glance at your computer screen and read something from across the room, you know it’s a pretty futile effort, no matter how hard you squint. This demo website has a solution: dynamically changing font size based on your distance from the screen. The catch? It wants to watch you read.