- February 22, 2011
There’s a New Serif in Town
Back in the day, when you were having a website designed (or designing one), you were limited in the “web safe” fonts you could incorporate into your site design. This meant a lot of Arial and Times New Roman. Schweet… Well, times have changed–for the better. More and more folks are creating web safe font libraries which can add the art of typography (not to mention creativity, dimension and some life) to your site.
One such library is Google’s Web Safe Fonts. Google reported recently that it now serves up nearly 50 million daily requests across 800,000 unique websites at a growth rate of almost 30% per month. What does that mean? It’s time to send Times New Roman packin’. So long old friend. We’re gonna miss ya. NOT.
The only caveat in this otherwise blissful new world of more typography and less bandwidth hogging text-in-image crap is that not all browsers support it. So if you are still using that old version of IE, do yourself (and the world) a favor and downlaod Firefox. Here are a list of browsers compatible with the Google Web Safe Fonts:
- Google Chrome: version 4.249.4+
- Mozilla Firefox: version: 3.5+
- Apple Safari: version 3.1+
- Opera: version 10.5+
- Microsoft Internet Explorer: version 6+
Mobile: Android 2.2+ and iOS 4.2+ (iPhone, iPad, iPod). There are other web safe font collections out there. Be sure you ask your web designer/developer to incorporate them into your design. (I’m considering an entire site re-code myself). Let the typography nerds dance in the street! Go forth and enjoy serifs!