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The Font Controversy: Ems, Percentages, Pixels & Points

November 18, 2006

To conclude these notes about fonts, I turn to the Great Size Debate. In summary, the controversy concerns what unit of measurement designers should use to size text. The topic is, of course, much more complex than that statement conveys. In fact, reams (or screens) have been written on the issue. The primary points are these... To conclude these notes about fonts, I turn to the Great Size Debate. In summary, the controversy concerns what unit of measurement designers should use to size text. The topic is, of course, much more complex than that statement conveys. In fact, reams (or screens) have been written on the issue. The primary points are these:

Best Fonts for the Web

November 16, 2006

For years I've been meaning to put together a "cheat sheet" of fonts and font alternatives for quick selection but never got around to it. Today I finally got so tired of Arial and Helvetica that I sat down to write a few out.

Of course, things are never that easy. I forgot to take into account how truly fascinating type is and how much I love fonts.

So, here is the result of my very enjoyable though brief excursion into typography. Each explanation should render in that particular font, if you have it installed.

The Perfect Notebook Case

November 9, 2006

I've been looking for the perfect bag. It can't be just any old thing. I need something big enough to carry my laptop, my lunch, my phone and wallet and keys, assorted manuals, a power adapter, an odd cable or two, a sweater, and a few books. That's a lot to shlep halfway across campus. So I decided it also has to be on wheels.

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