Typedia hearts Typophiles

Tim Brown's picture

As you may know, we have a brand new seedling to nourish: Typedia. Besides poking around the site, I recommend the following reading:

* Jason Santa Maria: Introducing Typedia
* Yours truly: Why Typedia matters

I hope you like Typedia as much as I do. As with any similar resource that's open to mass editing, there are bound to be opportunities for people to scoff and snarl at inaccuracies and naiveté. But if I know Typophiles the way I think I do, our positive, helpful camaraderie will only exponentially improve tangential projects and resources like this one.

How do you feel about this new resource? Do you have any questions or concerns?

blank's picture

How do the “In the Wild” images work? Are they added by users or found by a script? Because I’m seeing a lot of images that don’t feature the types.

Sindre's picture

How do the “In the Wild” images work?

They don't. The article on Enschedé's Collis, for instance, is illustrated by a picture of a bus in Manchester, and one of unrelated type on fire. Nothing else.

As it is now, this feature should be removed. This is worse than advertisements (that you can block).

Jason Santa Maria's picture

> How do the “In the Wild” images work? Are they added by users or found by a script? Because I’m seeing a lot of images that don’t feature the types.

We're working on improving it.

Tim Brown's picture

James, Sindre: Jason and others are working to improve the relevance of "in the wild" images, blending several methods of searching Flickr. Being careful not to pull in copyrighted photos (or photos that don’t allow creative commons use) has restricted the number of results somewhat, but you can be sure that the accuracy of this feature will improve in time.

dezcom's picture

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TBiddy's picture

Very, very cool site. I approve this message. :)

Nick Shinn's picture

...half the time you spent critiquing could have been spent adding your typefaces to Typedia and describing them as you please.

Silly me, I'd rather talk trash than feather my nest.

blank's picture

Another thing you could do to increase the usefulness of Typedia is display characters that go beyond the basic stuff needed for American English. Diacriticals, eth, thorn, ash, oethel, eng, the pound, and the euro are all important characters that researchers might need to look at and not be able to find a specimen of.

Stephen Coles's picture

I don't think Typedia will ever show full character sets, only enough to get the general sense of a typeface. The foundries and resellers will hopefully do that job well.

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