We’re a itsy-bitsy over halfway through 2017, and some crazy stuff has gone down. We’ve got independent companies trying to travel to space, the political world is crazier than a bag of cats (no matter what side of the fence you’re on), and I got a unusual dog. So yeah, it’s pretty nuts nowadays. Oh, and fonts. They’re out of control.
Seriously though, the font world has seen a lot of trends, but recently some biggies bear arrive up that need mention. Some of them bear been trending for a while now and bear yet to hit their peak, while others are lawful on the cusp of being incredible. You want to be lawful there in that cusp too, lawful? I know I conclude. So let’s dive in.
I kinda feel like a broken record on this one, because it seems like I write about this a lot. But here’s the thing: color fonts are a substantial deal. Try to deny it all you want, but the fact remains that the introduction of color fonts has changed up the game for the font world, and if you’re not on this train, you’d better glean on quick, because it’s leaving the station and you don’t want to be left behind with the only thing left to give you comfort being your hobo bindle and the sad trombone music that follows you everywhere you walk.
Too much? Maybe. Or possibly not far enough. observe, this color font thing opens up a huge amount of possibilities. I mean, essentially you can now turn any image into a font. And if you don’t contemplate that’s cold, I don’t know what to mutter to relieve you see the truth. I mean, it’s lawful there in front of you, staring into your cold, dead eyes, trying to define how awesome it would be to bear an entire font made up of images of ghosts playing poker. Is that dumb? Or the smartest thing ever said? You resolve.
observe, there’s a lot to digest with variable fonts, so let me start with the basics. First, if you want in-depth reading on the subject, fade here. You’ll glean some fascinating stuff that involves computer science, a whole lot of scientific terms, and the occasional appearance by an ocelot. I made up one of those three things. It’s your turn to guess which one.
Here’s the skinny: variable fonts are ones that allow you to adjust both the width and the weight of any font within a two-dimensional space. contemplate of Futura. lawful now if you want that classic you bear to buy all the various weights and all that, from Futura Bold to Futura Book and all the other jazz. Variable fonts change that. You glean one font: Futura. Then you can adjust the weight and width via sliders so the discontinuance result is exactly to your liking.
What’s that mean? Oh so much, reader. occupy an ebook, for example. What if you could adjust the weight of the text on the page, without adjusting the width? The entire page would layout the exact same way, but it would become more legible for some, while those of us who want thinner letters still bear that option. And imagine how awesome that all would be with responsive design. This is revolutionary stuff here, and it’s hard to understate its importance. This is going to change your world, and it just might happen this year.
Hand drawn Fonts
There are at least a bazillion fonts out there that anybody in the world can purchase and/or steal for various amounts of money, but there’s one thing that always will be unique: your handwriting. Me, I don’t conclude script, I conclude everything in blocky letters because I’m a child that hated cursive. But my wife has fine flowery handwriting that can also transition into something that fits at home perfectly on an architectural plot. And as lame as mine is and cold as hers is, they’re all different than whatever you fine readers are doing with yours. And they all can be fonts.
Hand drawn fonts used to be a parlor trick, but now they’re functional things thanks to Fontself Maker and similar apps. Now anybody can beget their own handwriting into a font, and some of the examples are gosh darned incredible.
Heck, I could even turn my horrible scrawling blocks into a sellable font, and my skillset is comparable with the average chimpanzee, minus the stellar grooming habits. And it’s all arrive to a head this year, with a groundswell of grand hand drawn fonts for all to devour. I’d mutter it was inspiring, but I suddenly bear the urge to bear a banana, so I’m going to fade turn that dream into reality.
Two things stand out for me. First, the hand-drawn nature of the designs. Some could plunge into my previous 2017 standout category, but others veer more towards a brush stroke effect. And why not? They are made to observe like watercolors, and therefore, a brush makes sense. So there’s that whole aspect of things.
The second is one that I haven’t seen a lot of yet, but I’m guessing we will very soon. occupy a watercolor font and beget it a color font. Meaning, all of the gradients, textures and brush effects that you glean when you save watercolors on paper are accurately depicted in the font itself. How incredible is that, lawful? Here is an example:
Again, my technical know-how is limited to knowledge of Chevy trucks and the ability to save together a complex LEGO set, so a lot of these terms fade over my head. But fluid typography is a pretty cold thing, and it’s changing up the game. In fact, let me bear this guy define it to you.
Yeah, he lost me at “Hi, everyone,” but you probably got more of that than I did. The basics though are that, thanks to the magic of CSS, you can now set the font on a webpage to match the viewing device that it’s on. Is that incredible? Yes, absolutely. And it means that responsive websites bear just one more advantage over the competition.
trustworthy question, H2 title. There’s still four-plus months left, and in that time I’m sure things are going to change for the better. How? Well, I’m no psychic, so I can’t relay that information to you quite yet. But what I can mutter is that I can’t wait to see what happens next.
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