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10 May / 2010

Future of Fonts: Brace Up To Face A New Interface

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Modern designers are getting increasingly dissatisfied, disillusioned and enraged with the limitations of web interface. Though the transition from type-led minimalism website design to detailed and elaborated interface, as in the case of some highly sophisticated movie and video game websites, is giving them a chance to give wings to their creative impulse, they are finding themselves tied up, when it comes to choosing fonts. Either they have to make a choice from the fonts that are already been installed or they have to covert the entire thing into an image, which is utterly ridiculous and unrealistic.

Clash Between Usability and Performance: – Most website designers torn between these two contrasting concepts. For the time being, they have to compromise either on the performance or on the usability, as clarified Jonathan Snook, front-end engineer of Yahoo. This goes true with SIFR (scalable Inman Flash Replacement) which is famed for offering a greater level of flexibility, but it can have detrimental effects on the performance of a website as well as on its usability. Cufón is another application that can convert font files into vector objects. But it has own set of problems that are big enough to overlook easily. But future is not as bleak as it may appear. 2010 can experience a dramatic chance in the use of fonts but there are some technical issues that have to be resolved first before proceeding further.

Why Change is Inevitable: – At present browser-landscape is relatively stable but experiments are underway to make it more engaging, more interesting and more flexible. Web designers are making strong arguments in favor of using different varieties of fonts in websites. If we can use different artistic fonts in print industry, we do not see any reason why web industries will remain immune from these changes.

Similar Sites: – Imposing restrictions on the use of fonts have already created number complex issues. For example, content-based websites are started looking alike. Take a sneak peek at these two sites:

CNN

New York Times

Do they look same? If you think they, time has finally come to give some serious thought on it. But despite this, currently most website designers prefer those fonts that are likely to be installed on majority of users.

The Rise of @Font Face: – @Font Face is giving website designers’ unlimited opportunities to use varieties of fonts without compromising anything on ground. Users will not have to install fonts in their machine for viewing a webpage rather fonts will be embedded within the page.

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