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Finding letters in satellite photos of Earth

Thursday, April 30, 2009

File this under "Creative Endeavors"? Or "Too Much Free Time"? Regardless, you have to hand it to Rhett Dashwood for his work going through Google Maps to find the letters A to Z in satelite images. Rhett is a creative director at Wade Studios in Melbourne, Australia. View his posting of Google Maps Typography.


Font Tactics for Globalization

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ascender's Type Director, Steve Matteson, wrote an article for ENLASO Corporation on font considerations for multilingual documents. ENLASO provides translation and localization services to enterprises. Steve highlights some of key font and typographic issues. design aesthetics, technical limitations and cultural requirements for global software, hardware, documentation, and branding materials. Read the article: Font Tactics for Globalization

Celebrating Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

It's a beautiful sprint day here in Chicago - blue skies, buds on the trees, and grass that is no longer brown. So it seems only appropriate to take a moment away from working away on the computer to acknowledge that today is Earth Day, and to celebrate the wonderful world we are fortunate to be a part of. This weekend members of the Ascender team will be taking part in various projects to help improve our planet in small but hopefully significant ways. We will be repairing mountain bike trails, planting gardens, and cleaning up rivers. We hope those of you reading this will also consider doing something positive as well!

The Comic Sans font - love it or hate it?

Friday, April 17, 2009

How can you tell when a particular font has become a cultural phenomenon? When it has a fan club? Or a club that wants to banish it? Or when it is written up in the Wall Street Journal? Yes, Comic Sans, the brilliant set of fonts designed for Microsoft by Vincent Connare is featured in today's WSJ: Typeface Inspired by Comic Books Has Become a Font of Ill Will