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My name is Wayne Robinson and I'm a web applications developer from Queensland, Australia. In August 2005 I discovered Ruby on Rails and instantly fell in love. From that point forward, Ruby on Rails has been my language of choice for new projects however, I still use PHP to maintain some legacy applications.

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Combining Typefaces

Smashing Magazine has just released an article on combining typefaces.

Whilst this is a great primer on the differences between typefaces, I can't understand why they have chosen to use different font/background colours for the left and right panels on each comparison, not to mention the use of drop-shadow and/or engraving not only on the fonts, but using them differently on the left and right panels.

Maybe Douglas Bonneville is more designer than scientist, but if you want to make a comparison based on just one thing (in this case fonts), you should ensure that when showing side-by-side examples that they only vary by this one thing. Especially as all the 'negative' examples are shown using dark backgrounds and white fonts with drop-shadows. 

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I actually only skimmed that article when I first read it, because I found the comparison mechanism so very annoying.

I think he was trying to give an emotional weighting to the comparisons, making the "Don't" examples more dark and negative then the "Do" examples. However, it backfired.
November 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDylan Lacey

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