It was time for a change, I thought. The Statue of Liberty is a bit overused, so I thought I’d give the theme a bit of a wash and brush-up, as Group Captain Mandrake would say. Switch the old columns around, change the typography a bit. You know, the whole works.
A question about typography, by the way. Is anyone working on any screen fonts other than Georgia or Verdana that look as good as far as readability at all different sizes goes? I really don’t like the new ClearType fonts–Calibri, Candara, etc.–because their readibility sucks at anything under 10 points. As does Arial or Helvetica, for that matter. They really are best suited as header fonts, not body text.
We really need to find some way of getting out font preferences over the web to the readers in some way. Right now, Verdana and Georgia really are the only two fonts that have 98%+ penetration for both PC and Mac Users, and look really good on screen for pretty much everybody. What we really need is a way to embed whatever fonts we want to use into the site in some sort of lightweight fashion that can be transmitted to the users, in much the same way that the CSS styles are, and provide nice readability.
Somebody needs to be working on this. I’d love to Book Antiqua this mother.
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