suggested reads for April 2, 2018

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OK, I know … today’s Easter Monday and the sun shines and the weather is fantastic (at least here). Perfect day for going out and have a wonderful offline time. But if you’re not in such position – or mood – and want to relax at home reading something, here are my ‘classic’ five link list of posts worth a mention…

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It’s been a while since I posted something in this Linklog category of the blog. While not all the topics on the next issues will be topical, I am sure you’ll find some good stuff, that’ll make you thing over the topics they talk about. Here’s today selection…

Academicons, a font icon set for academics

Academicons (20160406)

For working reasons I had to work on a project at work were for each researcher I had to link a ‘social’ profile, not on Facebook or other popular – consumer – networks, but for some specialized ones … like ReaserchGate, Google Scholar, Mendeley, etc.. If you’re into academics you know them. Here is Academicons

With a bit of luck I found a GitHub project by James Walsh, a post-doctoral researcher, were he made and collected a series of font icons – 100% compatible with the more famous FontAwesome that solved my need with few lines of code.

the BORN font

Born font, download

Born font is a humanistic typeface that is based on traditional calligraphic forms, but with some new features in its endings, strokes and drops, that provide a more open, fresh and actual look. It also has a big X height, so it offers a high legibility even at small sizes. Download it at the price of a tweet (or a post on Facebook or LinkedIn) clicking on the image above!

Jura typeface

Jura (Typeface)

Jura is a elegant serif typeface of narrow proportions with distinguishing details. The rounded, wedge shaped serifs offer a more contemporary feels than many serif fonts, while maintaining legibility even at small sizes.

This new release of the Jura family includes four fonts: Regular; Italic; Bold & Bold-Italic. Each variant now includes 241 characters (that’s 85 more than the original) and every glyph has been completely redrawn. There’s even a couple of ligatures in there.

Metrics and kerning have been rebuilt from scratch (although if you spot a bit of spacing which looks odd, let me know I’ll do my best to sort it out).

Free Download

via tenbytwenty.com

Web Symbols typeface

Web Symbols typeface

There are those points in every interactive designer’s career when he becomes fed up with producing the same set of graphics all over again for every website he designs. It could be the social network icons, gallery arrows or any number of his “signature” butterflies for the footer of each of his projects. Similar for interactive developers that have to slice the same GIFs and PNGs each time art-director asks them to.

Until now. We want creative people to spend time on creative things. So we came up with the typeface that includes all frequently used iconographics and symbols. Although, the idea is not hot-baked – Webdings and Windings have been around for quite a time – all of them have a lot of unnecessary and sometimes actually scary symbols.

Web Symbols is a set of vector html-compliant typefaces, so it might be used in any size, color and browser (okey, mostly ??? but IE7 for sure).

via justbenicestudio.com