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The New Puritan: a bombshell in the font world

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My friend and coworker Ben Weiner is a developer designer. As such he has the font gene – that is, he cares about typography in a deep way – thus our in joke about things being a “bombshell in the font world”. Caring about something is one thing-creating something is another. And open sourcing your work and making it available by Google Font is yet another. In case you don’t know about Google Font you probably should – its a super simple API that gives you access to some great fonts across all the major browsers. A bit of HTML or Javascript and bob’s your uncle. Ben’s Puritan font is here.

[update. I got pinged about a broken link in this post, which i have now updated. thanks to Art of Blog, which has this useful post about choosing a typeface for the body copy in your site. To be honest, the main thing about reading my own post again, is it sets my teeth a bit on edge, because i keep saying font where I mean typeface. People use them interchangeably, which is fine until someones explains the difference – damn you Kelsey Breseman!

The Floating Frog explains the importance like so
What is a typeface?
Think of a typeface as the ‘design’ of the design of the alphabet, the shape of the letters that make up the typestyle. The letters, numbers, and symbols that make up a design of type. So when you say “Arial” or “Garamond” you’re talking about a set of letters in a specific style, a ‘typeface’.

What is a font?
Think of a font as the digital file that contains/describes the typeface. Think of the font as a little piece of software that tells the computer and printer how to display and print the typeface.

The typeface is the style, while the font is the weight, a description of how the typeface is used in the context. ]


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  2. Thanks for the hat tip 🙂

  3. Neat, also is there anything Google isn’t doing…

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