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Huy Fong sriracha hot sauce label - Fonts In Use
The fonts of the iconic sriracha bottle, analysed. Interestingly, the Chinese serif text is typeset in a universally-reviled font, PMingLiu:
For East Asian designers, PMingLiu was probably as despicable as Papyrus. Many have publicly voiced their disdain for PMingLiu, and some even see the elimination of PMingLiu from public sight as a career goal. Julius Hui, then consultant for Commercial Type, exclaims:

PMingLiu inhibits the type business, maims the public’s aesthetic judgment, and puts a bad face on the Minchō genre. As long as the public have not harbored a deep hatred against PMingLiu, it is futile to completely eliminate it from the world.
typography  packaging  sriracha  pmingliu  mincho  fonts  type  food  labels 
18 days ago by jm
Google and Monotype launch Noto, an open-source typeface family for all the world’s languages
Great font factoid: 'The name “Noto” comes from the little squares that show when a font is not supported by a computer. This are often referred to as “tofu”, because of their shape, therefore the font is short for No Tofu.'
tofu  fonts  i18n  google  design  typography  unicode 
october 2016 by jm
Typeset In The Future: Alien
Amazing deep dive into the graphic design of 1980s sci-fi classic, Alien, in particular Ron Cobb's_Semiotic Standard For All Commercial Trans-Stellar Utility Lifter And Heavy Element Transport Spacecraft_ and its application aboard the Weylan-Yutani Nostromo
fonts  typography  movies  cinema  alien  sf  history  1980s  ron-cobb  graphic-design 
april 2016 by jm
a good collection of coding fonts (via Tony Finch)
via:fanf  fonts  coding  ui 
june 2015 by jm
Input: Fonts for Code
Non-monospaced coding fonts! I'm all in favour...
As writing and managing code becomes more complex, today’s sophisticated coding environments are evolving to include everything from breakpoint markers to code folding and syntax highlighting. The typography of code should evolve as well, to explore possibilities beyond one font style, one size, and one character width.
input  fonts  via:its  typography  code  coding  font  text  ide  monospace 
may 2015 by jm
The Roman typefaces used in Chinese and Japanese text
I am obsessed with these.
From this Ask MetaFilter post, it seems that the Roman letters are tacked onto [Chinese and Japanese] fonts almost as an afterthought, for when you need to interject a few words of English into your Chinese website, for example. Hence, they aren't really optimised for the eye of a non-Chinese writer, or perhaps aren't optimised much at all, and usually look like this. It's not one specific font as I thought.

Informed! (via Elliot)
fonts  typefaces  china  chinese  japanese  times 
november 2014 by jm
Google Fonts recently switched to using Zopfli
Google Fonts recently switched to using new Zopfli compression algorithm:  the fonts are ~6% smaller on average, and in some cases up to 15% smaller! [...]
What's Zopfli? It's an algorithm that was developed by the compression team at Google that delivers ~3~8% bytesize improvement when compared to gzip with maximum compression. This byte savings comes at a cost of much higher encoding cost, but the good news is, fonts are static files and decompression speed is exactly the same. Google Fonts pays the compression cost once and every clients gets the benefit of smaller download. If you’re curious to learn more about Zopfli:
zopfli  compression  gzip  fonts  google  speed  optimization 
january 2014 by jm
Xerox scanners/photocopiers randomly alter numbers in scanned documents · D. Kriesel
Pretty major Xerox fail: photocopied/scanned docs are found to have replaced the digit '6' with '8', due to a poor choice of compression techniques:
Several mails I got suggest that the xerox machines use JBIG2 for compression. This algorithm creates a dictionary of image patches it finds “similar”. Those patches then get reused instead of the original image data, as long as the error generated by them is not “too high”. Makes sense. This also would explain, why the error occurs when scanning letters or numbers in low resolution (still readable, though). In this case, the letter size is close to the patch size of JBIG2, and whole “similar” letters or even letter blocks get replaced by each other.
jbig2  compression  xerox  photocopying  scanning  documents  fonts  arial  image-compression  images 
august 2013 by jm
FF Chartwell
OpenType font to display charts/graphs using ligatures. 'Designed by Travis Kochel, FF Chartwell is a typeface for creating simple graphs. Driven by the frustration of creating graphs within design applications and inspired by typefaces such as FF Beowolf and FF PicLig, Travis saw an opportunity to take advantage of OpenType technology to simplify the process. Using OpenType ligatures, strings of numbers are automatically transformed into charts. The data remains in a text box, allowing for easy updates and styling. It’s really easy to use; you just type a simple series of numbers like: ‘10+13+37+40’, turn on Stylistic Alternates or Stylistic Set 1 and a graph is automatically created.' (via Simon)
ligatures  via:sboyle  fonts  hacks  charts  dataviz  ui 
may 2012 by jm
Fake Unicode Consortium
featuring such codepoints as "I USED TO BE A LATIN CAPITAL LETTER K LIKE YOU THEN I TOOK AN ARROW IN THE KNEE", "BACK TO THE FUTURE", "ENTERING HYPERSPACE", "LATIN CAPITAL LETTER Q TAKING A NAP", and "LOVE HOTEL". no wait, that one's real (via Tony Finch, with comments by Michael Everson!)
unicode  humor  codepoints  i18n  fonts  skyrim  hyperspace  funny  via:fanf 
march 2012 by jm
That mysterious J
"in e-mail from Microsoft employees, you may find a stray J [...] The J started out its life as a smiley-face. The WingDings font puts a smiley face where the letter J goes. [...] As the message travels from machine to machine, the font formatting may get lost or mangled, resulting in the letter J appearing when a smiley face was intended." aha! mystery solved. Amazon is full of mysterious "J"s in emails, and now I know why
amazon  j  letters  wingdings  microsoft  spoor  fonts  noise  from delicious
november 2010 by jm
French Anti-Piracy Organisation Hadopi Uses Pirated Font In Own Logo
'Of course you have to appreciate the irony – the agency in charge of enforcing France’s new anti-piracy legislation using a pirated proprietary font in its very own logo.' hoho! hoist by their own petard
hadopi  piracy  copyright  design  fail  france  fonts  typography  logos  ip  from delicious
january 2010 by jm
TrueType VT220 Font
this is incredible. Looking at this reminds me so much of hacking in the old TCD comp labs
hacking  fonts  terminal  typography  tty  vt220  monospace  truetype  fontforge  vt100  dec  via:jzawodny  from delicious
october 2009 by jm
Very cool subpixel typeface
interesting concept, designing a typeface only for use on LCDs (via Waxy)
via:waxy  type  fonts  graphics  typography  subpixel  cleartype  from delicious
september 2009 by jm

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