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Web typography

In the old days of HTML, the only way to use arbitrary fonts on a website was to create bitmap graphics. Those were a bad idea because text saved as graphics cannot be resized to fit the user’s reading preferences or found by search engines. Simple but essential operations like copying and pasting or finding some text in a browser window do not work.

For the last years, the industry has been looking at some solutions that allow web designers to use more than just the standard set of web fonts while maintaining searchability of text and standards compliance of the web pages. One popular technique for this is dynamic Flash text insertion, and one popular software package that allows it is sIFR. The guys at FontLab have just released Photofont WebReady, an easy-to-use font converter that turns ordinary TrueType and OpenType fonts as well as bitmap-based photofonts into dynamic Flash text objects that can be used on any website.

Cooper Black

Cooper Black is a very bold typeface designed in 1922 by Oz Cooper for the Barnhart Brothers & Spindler Type Founders company in Chicago. Its naturally “friendly” feel makes it attractive to shop owners worldwide. In this case, it is unclear whether the company owner pick the typeface after the company’s name, or if he fell in love with the font and named his company after it.

My New York visit

The exterior of the Guggenheim Musum in New York is undergoing some renovation but the splendid metal carved lettering is still visible. Founded in 1937, the Guggenheim Museum is one of the best-known museums in New York City and one of the 20th century’s most important architectural landmarks. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright it is home to a renowned permanent collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary art, and also features special exhibitions throughout the year. It is located on the Upper East Side in New York.