July 13, 2010

Disabling Typekit for Windows

TypekitWeb Typography is coming a long way with the use of @font-face. We are finally able to break out of system fonts and have options! Unfortunately, font-rendering on IE/Windows is still sub-par. The rendering engines have a hard time interpreting fonts properly that are embedded with @font-face that have yet to be re-crafted as a web-font version.

I have been using Typekit to render my web-fonts since the service became available. It is an incredible and takes away a lot of the headache in embedding, keeping up with browser/mobile compatibility, etc. If you haven't tried Typekit out, you can get a free account to see if you like it - then upgrade if you decide you're in love. <3

I've noticed that sometimes the fonts that I've chosen can end up so "crunchy" in IE that I would rather just stack my fonts to the closest system font, and disable Typekit for Internet Explorer.

Here is a way you can Enable it for just Mac: you can query the user agent header with php in a conditional statement that wraps around your Typekit js:

[code]

<?php if (strpos($_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'], "Mac", 0) !== FALSE) { ?>
<script type="text/javascript" src="yourtypekitlink.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">try{Typekit.load();}catch(e){}</script>
<?php } ?>

[/code]

Don't want to exclude Linux? Disable it for Windows Only:

[code]
<?php if (strpos($_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'], "Windows", 0) === FALSE) { ?>
<script type="text/javascript" src="yourtypekitlink.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">try{Typekit.load();}catch(e){}</script>
<?php } ?>
[/code]

 

Here are examples of type crunch in a title:

LTC Bodoni type crunch IE (eww!)

LTC Bodoni Type Crunch in IE (eww!)

type on Mac with Typekit

LTC Bodoni on Mac with Typekit (perfect!)

Typekit disabled on IE

Typekit disabled on IE / reverts back to font stack

 

Here are some more examples with a different font:

typekit on mac: Ltc Bodoni and Proxima Nova (perfect!)

typekit on mac: Ltc Bodoni and Proxima Nova (perfect!)

Typekit enabled on Windows (crunchy! Eeek!)

Typekit enabled on Windows (crunchy! Eeek!)


typekit disabled on windows (better than the crunch.)

typekit disabled on windows (better than the crunch.)

 

Interested in browser-specific disabling? These methods might be interesting to look into: (but I haven't done it yet)

http://davecardwell.co.uk/javascript/jquery/plugins/jquery-browserdetect/

http://rafael.adm.br/css_browser_selector/

PS: Firefox achieves the same screen-shots as IE. Interesting.

March 26, 2010

Recommended Reading: “A Few Things I’ve Learned About Typeface Design” by Gerry Leonidas

Earlier this week I posed about an HF&J article on combining typefaces. Here is another article on typography. I found it to be very informative. It lays out what an instructor of typography wants to leave with his students. The Author give you six things to leave with. I found it to be a very good read. Also, subscribe to the ilovetypography.com rss. It is wonderful.

-sara cannon

i love typography

http://ilovetypography.com/2010/03/25/a-few-things-i’ve-learned-about-typeface-design/

Sara Cannon is a Business Owner, UX/UI Designer, Creative Director, & Artist remote working in Birmingham, Alabama. Contact Sara for any of your creative needs.