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14,000+ color names! Just type in a hex code

Smashing Magazine‘s Smashing Newsletter Issue #190 has this gem: more than 14,000 color names, accessible by entering a 6-digit hex code. Some examples below. Click on “quick! Find one of 14’000 color names!” to get the HTML, CSS, and JS code (see below). What comes to your mind when you hear terms like “Bright Nori”, […]

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Arabic Pixel Font

FontStruct ‘Arabic Pixel’ Font Friday

Via online font-building tool FontStruct comes this ingenious pixelcraft from game designer Alex Clay, who is localizing video games in Arabic. (See my post Create-a-Font Friday for a list of paid and free font creation software.) Previously, a lot of effort has gone into hacking code to get Arabic text, especially punctuation and positioning, to appear […]

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Feline Fabric Font Friday

Feline Fabric Font Friday

This charming fabric of acrobatic kitties was created by designer Elena Naylor and is available by the yard at Spoonflower, a great print-on-demand fabric company. Spoonflower has a wide range of fabrics available, from chiffon to heavy cotton twill to lycra (full list below). I reference them in my post How to Make a Tea Cozy […]

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Notebook with hand drawn "Observer" text

‘Fringe’ Font Friday

The TV show ‘Fringe’ aired between 2008 and 2013 on the Fox Network. The series follows members of the fictional Fringe Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, based in Boston, Massachusetts, under the supervision of Homeland Security. The team uses fringe science and FBI investigative techniques to investigate a series of unexplained, often ghastly […]

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AE Æ glyphs

Fingerprinting Font Metrics Font Friday

These University of California, Berkeley researchers studied a method of compromising web user privacy, “fingerprinting” of online text: using font glyph* measuring techniques in various browsers to decipher text. (More pages, or buy the ebook or paperback, at books.google.com. Not to be confused with my post Fingerprint Font Friday.) *Loosely, a typographic unit (more…)

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Louis Vitton bag

Phony Font Friday

Part three of five articles concerned with spotting fake Louis Vuitton merchandise. This cool font-related piece is about the font and spacing of the characters in the signature heat-stamped label. Mostly the signals of an authentic label are subtleties of spacing, alignment, and character shape. Font geeks, pull up a chair! Spotting Fake Louis Vuitton […]

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Selfie on the edge of space

A Selfie on the Edge of Space

By Glen Tickle from Laughing Squid:  A recent episode of the series Seeker Stories explains how photographer Christopher Michel was able to take a selfie at the age of space. While on assignment, Michel was given the opportunity to fly in a Lockheed U-2 spy plane that provided him some impressive views of the Earth.

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Graph: Fallout: miles from ground zero vs. siz of bomb in kilotons

How to shelter from fallout after a nuclear attack on your city

From io9.com: Expand Terrorists have detonated a low-yield nuclear warhead in your city. How long should you hide, and where, to avoid the worst effects of radioactive fallout? We talked to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory atmospheric scientist Michael Dillon to find out. Yesterday Dillon published a paper on this topic in the Proceedings of the […]

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Forensic fonts closeup

Forensics Fonts Friday

Forensics professionals pay a great deal of attention about what fonts to use in courtroom exhibits concerning or reproducing digital evidence. To quote a paper by Fred Cohen & Associates of the California Sciences Institute [abstract below] “fonts for forensics are less about the beauty of the presentation and more about the tradeoff between readability […]

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