I’ve been madly in love with type since my very first year of design school. I collected fonts from my first service bureau job on floppy disks, downloaded free fonts that took all night on my 1400 baud per second modem, and idolized Margo Chase, Erik Spiekermann, Neville Brody and David Carson. I’d definitely consider myself a typophile.
That’s why one of the hallmarks of the design style at Creativity Included is typography. We try to carefully craft our type to be clean, simple, and easy to read (which is ironic considering our David Carson infatuation). And since web fonts are finally a viable option for setting type, our options have expanded in ways we only dreamed of when I first started building web sites.
Since the advent of @font-face, a lot of webfont services have sprung up. Before they came on the scene, it was a pretty involved process if you wanted to use a web font. First you’d need to generate a variety of font formats for different browsers. Next you’d upload all of the files to your server. Then you could go ahead and add the font to your stylesheet. Finally you’d upload the stylesheet you created. There had to be an easier way.