#Cufon, #Typekit, #Web Design

I’m Testing Typekit

Typekit is a service designed to meet the changing typeface needs of the modern web and, in their words, “is the easiest way to get real fonts on your website.” In short, Typekit allows you to use a wide range of hosted typefaces on your site for a reasonable price. Select typefaces based on your needs, determine your selectors, and attach a little javascript to the <head> of your document and you’re set.

I’ve eschewed its use on my personal site for a while, but recently decided to give the trial account another run–you’ll notice the Typekit badge docked to the bottom of the page, indicating that I’m freeloading the system until I decide whether or not to utilize the service on a paying basis–in order to determine its usefulness for me. What are my needs here?

I would certainly like to use a typeface that can be seen uniformly by all users, and this definitely provides the necessary functionality, but I will have to be careful in the choices I make; there are a wide array of font families to choose from, and you’re apt to go wild when first given access to such variety. It is a variety the likes of which have never been seen before on this here web. At the moment I’ve chosen Droid Serif made by Google Android, in all 4 weights and styles for the body copy.

I’m using both Typekit and Cufon to include non-standard typefaces, but would like to eliminate one of the two at some point, and I would prefer to eliminate Cufon because of text selection and licensing issues. I look forward to testing the Typekit service further.

4 Responses to “I’m Testing Typekit”

  1. Mike

    March 3, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

    So far I don’t like the flash of text in slower environments, but this whole font replacement deal is probably stuck in that mode at this point.


  2. Mike

    March 5, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

    I think I’m sold on this software. I’m just about ready to purchase a personal license. I’ve gone full fledged typekit now and eliminated cufon.


  3. Dave

    February 7, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

    Hi Mike,

    I happened upon your site searching any sites using CUFON and Typekit together. Wondering if you had some experience getting it to work. I tried without success.

    I used CUFON to begin, but was getting glitches on certain pages. Then I used Typekit to fix those glitches, but it rendered my CUFON code on other pages (that I want to keep the text in the font that I replaced with CUFON) useless.

    Just wondering if you had any experience on the coding aspect in the header area.



  4. Mike

    February 7, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

    I’ve actually stopped using the two together, but at the time I was able to get them to play together fairly well. I guess I need to see what you’re trying to do to see if I can help.


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