First, I want to say thank you to my friend who donates her time and expertise to help me understand what I need to learn to create my website – much gratitude!
I find that along with color, typography drives an emotional response. With that in mind, I’m going to take a look at some typography sites and see how I feel about them! Up first: http://ilovetypography.com/ and http://ilovetypography.com/2007/09/19/15-excellent-examples-of-web-typography/ look like someone’s blog…so maybe they are..? The site has plenty of white space but the move down, move down, move down almost immediately dives me off the pages. The links are at the very top but are overwhelmed to the point of disappearing by a big black, well, I guess, list of fonts running down the right side. This site is not for me. NEXT!
I like http://typographica.org/ better. It’s a bit scattered and my browser requires me to move right and left to see it all, but there is no unending move down, move down… I also think I like it because the fonts are all black and white with a whole lot less blah, blah, blah on the front page, but when you click on the “books” link the full-color book covers are a dramatic splash, which really appeals to me! I like the balance of the site which feels like it is just at the edge but hasn’t fallen over!
http://www.microsoft,com/typography/default.msps like ilovetypography.com (above) is another resource site but is much better, as far as I am concerned. All of the links to explore the site are presented on the first page. It doesn’t look like someone’s lost blog, and I’m not stuck in terminal move down land. It’s easy to explore, and all the links I tried work just fine! Like it.
http://abc.planet-typography.com/ bills itself as a virtual museum of typography. To me, it looks like someone suffers from cut-and-paste madness. The links work, and it’s easy to get around, but I found it otherwise wholly unappealing. It may be my browser, but the pages only take up the center top third of the page and seemed all crammed together in that one area. OK, yuck. NEXT!
OK, this one I like. It may be that http://www.alistapart.com/topics/design/typography/ is interesting to me because, instead of having to read a blog, or someone’s opinion, this site gives tutorials and a chance to actually learn something from someone who may actually know about the subject rather than just having an opinion. I mean, lets face, it’s fine to have an opnion and blog about it, but unless someone really loves you, who cares? (so if you’re reading this blog, you either know me and like me or your one of my professors). So, this site is worth a visit, it may be worth a bookmark to you. It was for me.
The next site, http://www.rsub.com/typographic/ is only initially interesting if you are interested in the history of typography. The pages are actually well designed and attractive, and through I am not really interested in font history, the presentation was done well enough for me to stick around and see what the next page looked like. Good resource for a paper on the subject, perhaps?
Just three more for today, so just hang in there, ok?
If I wasn’t suffering from information overload at this point http://www.digital-web.com/articles/css_typegraphy/ would be a good place to spend a bit of time. There is a little bit of tasteful advertising. some well written articles and a few other bits and pieces. The links work, and it’s pleasant on the eyes. All around, a good design job.
http://www.noupe.com/css/using-css-to-fix-anything-20-common-bugs-and-fixes.html is almost completely drowed in advertising. Once you get past the ads, the article is actually worth reading. Hang in there and just MOVE DOWN…again and again and again…sigh.
And last, but oh so much, NOT LEAST is http://designsnips.com/. This is a fun site to explore and pick up some good ideas. THANK GOODNESS! So, take a little time here have a look around and enjoy some good work. After all, if you stuck with me through some of the other sites today, you deserve it. I’m just going to stay and play here for a while…see you later!