Each month we take the Rising Stars specimens we created using conventional desktop fonts (with all the control over layout that implies) and see how closely we can replicate those specimens using webfonts, HTML and CSS.
Alek is a casual display script with seemingly effortless connections and a smooth flow. For users of desktop software, its OpenType features offer plenty of potential for creating individually styled and fluid headlines. For web designers, the possibilities are somewhat reduced, but this remains a strong contender for attractive, soft-yet-substantial headlines.
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Desire is a departure away from the lively fifties-style scripts its designer Charles Borges de Oliveira is known for. It’s really a toolkit for graphic designers to build their own elaborate logos, headlines and title pieces, and doesn’t have much to offer web designers that something like Poster Bodoni Compressed won’t do a little better.
Le Havre Layers
Le Havre Layers
We’ve featured several typeface families recently that employ inventive techniques for layering and stacking: Le Havre is one of the best so far, and also reasonably straightforward to work with. The family is composed of four groups of fonts — shadows, bases/fills, outlines and 3D effects. Combine fonts from two or more of these groups, and use CSS z-index and absolute positioning to create multicolored typography. The only hitch is this technique doesn’t work too well with dynamically created content – so save it for that statically coded announcement on your homepage, or your site masthead if you’re feeling particularly adventurous. For more info on chromatic typography for the web, see our earlier article on the topic.
Ondise is one of a burgeoning sub-genre of fonts that simulate hand-and-brush lettering techniques. Like last month’s Asterism, Ondise will bring a loose informality to headlines and titles care of its bouncing baseline and scratchy, quill-pen-like outline.