Web Fonts

Adobe have just recently announced the release of Adobe Edge Web Fonts, a large library of web fonts. Whilst Adobe has teamed up with Google in order to offer many of these typefaces, they are served through TypeKit—which was bought by Adobe some months ago—and are free to use (for now, at least).

I am a great fan of using web fonts—anything has to be better than constant doses of Arial. There are certain pitfalls and caveats that web designers do need to bear in mind, but I shall cover those in a later post.

Right now, I would like to make an observation—simply because it amuses me…

Ten years ago, companies were getting frustrated that they couldn’t use their super print-specified corporate fonts on their websites (at least not without using some horrible substitution system like Flash or Cufon).

So, in the last few years, we have seen more and more companies changing their corporate image—and all of their print and branding material—to one of the 30-odd typefaces available to “normal” web browsers (such as Trebuchet or Lucida).

Now, the web font revolution has hugely expanded the number of typefaces available on the web—rendering all of the rebrands utterly unnecessary!

I am most amused…