Web fonts can make or break a digital project’s aesthetic and functionality. They are that powerful a component to the modern web, yet technologically, they are young and complicated. Their youth makes them difficult to properly choose, use and deliver to the viewer. The Google Fonts project, launched in 2010, was a major step forward for web fonts. In 2015, some 6 years after the browser adoption of non-web-safe fonts, which came after the 2009 release of CSS3’s
@font-face selector class, we are now seeing web fonts used to fulfill the dreams of designers.
One such designer, Do-Hee Kim, has created a beautiful display of what’s possible in 2015 for digital design. Her impressive digital type setting project leverages the power of Google Fonts in a way I’ve yet to see until now. The project, 100 Days of Fonts, is eye candy for print and web designers a like. She is overcoming technical boundaries by showing many typefaces on a single page, in non-traditional layouts (outside of a grid pattern).
If you are not familiar with Google Fonts, to no surprise, you will find that it’s another impressive Google offering, free of charge. Google Fonts has propelled the usage of quality typefaces on the web with fast and reliable hosting, ease of selection and implementation into both the design process and the development process. Google Fonts is not the only player in the rise of web fonts. Adobe Typekit, launch in 2008, is a visionary project headed by designer Jeffrey Veen. But Typekit is an expensive service, which has lessened it’s impact. Without a doubt, Googel Fonts and Typekit are both very noteworthy projects in the world of web design and development. For more history on web typography, see this HOW magazine article here.