25 thoughts on “Font blog opens up

  1. Keith Patrick wrote: “Fonts are kind of a boring topic to me mainly because the nature of fonts is to sell them and thus I stick with what’s already installed on the OS.” He goed on to talk about programming.

    You’re welcome to be bored by any topic, but “because the nature of fonts is to sell them”? Are you bored by programming languages and IDEs because most of them are sold rather than free?

    Cheers,

    T

  2. Keith Patrick wrote: “Fonts are kind of a boring topic to me mainly because the nature of fonts is to sell them and thus I stick with what’s already installed on the OS.” He goed on to talk about programming.

    You’re welcome to be bored by any topic, but “because the nature of fonts is to sell them”? Are you bored by programming languages and IDEs because most of them are sold rather than free?

    Cheers,

    T

  3. Splashman: none of what I said was meant to be a joke, so you’re gonna have to be more specific as to what you are referring to and why. I am not joking when I say I haven’t found a good, free programming font that VS.Net lets me use in the UI, and I am not joking when I say that I don’t like Tahoma due to it reminding me of Comix.

  4. Splashman: none of what I said was meant to be a joke, so you’re gonna have to be more specific as to what you are referring to and why. I am not joking when I say I haven’t found a good, free programming font that VS.Net lets me use in the UI, and I am not joking when I say that I don’t like Tahoma due to it reminding me of Comix.

  5. Thomas: you can set your own font. I don’t set it for you. I just use the default font that you set your browser to. On your browser it’s Times. If you’d rather read me in something else, just switch your default font.

  6. Thomas: you can set your own font. I don’t set it for you. I just use the default font that you set your browser to. On your browser it’s Times. If you’d rather read me in something else, just switch your default font.

  7. That’s great, Robert, but who the hell is “fbcontrb”? Couldn’t you get these guys to tell us a bit more about themselves. I have a friend from my Typography degree in the UK who came out to Seattle to join that team – it would be great to know if he was still there, or better still that he’s one of the bloggers. His name wasn’t fbcontrb though ;-)

  8. That’s great, Robert, but who the hell is “fbcontrb”? Couldn’t you get these guys to tell us a bit more about themselves. I have a friend from my Typography degree in the UK who came out to Seattle to join that team – it would be great to know if he was still there, or better still that he’s one of the bloggers. His name wasn’t fbcontrb though ;-)

  9. “Yes, Vista will have anti-aliasing built in. I expect they’ll have a control panel that will let you select the amount of anti-aliasing, just like Mac OSX.”

    … or Gnome.

  10. “Yes, Vista will have anti-aliasing built in. I expect they’ll have a control panel that will let you select the amount of anti-aliasing, just like Mac OSX.”

    … or Gnome.

  11. Keith, that was humor, right? Please tell me that was humor.

    Um, Stefan, “heavy heavy anti-aliasing” would result in fuzzier text, not “sharp and crisp” text. The sharpest text is aliased (jaggies). What you really want is just enough anti-aliasing to smooth the jaggies, without fuzzing it up. “Just enough” depends on the monitor type (flat screen vs. CRT) and other hardware specs, but is partly a matter of personal preference. The newer anti-aliasing algorithms use “sub-pixel” rendering on LCD panels, and looks much better than the older tech.

    Yes, Vista will have anti-aliasing built in. I expect they’ll have a control panel that will let you select the amount of anti-aliasing, just like Mac OSX.

  12. Keith, that was humor, right? Please tell me that was humor.

    Um, Stefan, “heavy heavy anti-aliasing” would result in fuzzier text, not “sharp and crisp” text. The sharpest text is aliased (jaggies). What you really want is just enough anti-aliasing to smooth the jaggies, without fuzzing it up. “Just enough” depends on the monitor type (flat screen vs. CRT) and other hardware specs, but is partly a matter of personal preference. The newer anti-aliasing algorithms use “sub-pixel” rendering on LCD panels, and looks much better than the older tech.

    Yes, Vista will have anti-aliasing built in. I expect they’ll have a control panel that will let you select the amount of anti-aliasing, just like Mac OSX.

  13. I just hope Vista uses the new driver model to do some heavy heavy anti aliasing on the entire desktop.

    Thats one thing where linux dominates, ever use ubunto with gnome? everything is just so… sharp!

    from what i saw with vista beta 1, there does appear to be some antialiasing built in, but i hope that they make this a top priority. when you sit in front of a screen for 12+ hours a day you want, need, everything to be sharp and crisp.

  14. I just hope Vista uses the new driver model to do some heavy heavy anti aliasing on the entire desktop.

    Thats one thing where linux dominates, ever use ubunto with gnome? everything is just so… sharp!

    from what i saw with vista beta 1, there does appear to be some antialiasing built in, but i hope that they make this a top priority. when you sit in front of a screen for 12+ hours a day you want, need, everything to be sharp and crisp.

  15. Fonts are kind of a boring topic to me mainly because the nature of fonts is to sell them and thus I stick with what’s already installed on the OS. It is very rare to find a good font for a particular purpose for free. FOr example, it wasn’t easy finding a non-proportional Arial for programming. Took a while, but found someone hosting an old MS file with one. Ultimately, I couldn’t get Visual Studio to use the font, so I gave up, but simply getting the font you want without paying is a pain.
    I love Arial for UIs but thought Tahoma looked too much like Comix to be a serious UI font. I like Segoe (even though it’s virtually a carbon copy of Frutiger), but as I write a bunch of new WPF UIs that I’ve been wanting to do forever, I find I can’t a way to download Segoe to my XP machine to make my app more Aero-like.

  16. Fonts are kind of a boring topic to me mainly because the nature of fonts is to sell them and thus I stick with what’s already installed on the OS. It is very rare to find a good font for a particular purpose for free. FOr example, it wasn’t easy finding a non-proportional Arial for programming. Took a while, but found someone hosting an old MS file with one. Ultimately, I couldn’t get Visual Studio to use the font, so I gave up, but simply getting the font you want without paying is a pain.
    I love Arial for UIs but thought Tahoma looked too much like Comix to be a serious UI font. I like Segoe (even though it’s virtually a carbon copy of Frutiger), but as I write a bunch of new WPF UIs that I’ve been wanting to do forever, I find I can’t a way to download Segoe to my XP machine to make my app more Aero-like.

  17. Awesome! I love fonts, who doesn’t love fonts?!
    Fonts are cool, fonts are fun, fonts can also make you feel glum.
    My computer has seen enough font’s for today. Thanks Scoble. :) Subscribed for another day…
    Now, time for that walk…

  18. Awesome! I love fonts, who doesn’t love fonts?!
    Fonts are cool, fonts are fun, fonts can also make you feel glum.
    My computer has seen enough font’s for today. Thanks Scoble. :) Subscribed for another day…
    Now, time for that walk…

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