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1/5/2015 11:35 AM EST
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David Ashton
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Monotype
David Ashton   1/10/2015 12:54:26 AM
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My only previous knowledge of monotype has been their Monotype Corsiva font that comes with most versions of Windows.  Very nice when you want something a bit fancy.  Seems they are still doing good work though.



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DrQuine   1/9/2015 6:40:28 PM
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Steve Jobs' passion for fonts is legendary - and continues to this day as the latest version of the iPhone operating system included an upgrade to the fonts. I am puzzled, however, by the implication that good scalable fonts are a recent innovation.

"TrueType is an outline font standard developed by Apple and Microsoft in the late 1980s as a competitor to Adobe's Type 1 fonts used in PostScript. It has become the most common format for fonts on both the Mac OS and Microsoft Windows operating systems." (Wikipedia - Jan 9, 2015).

It has been decades since this idea became mainstream.

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Remember when 20 KB + 94 KB was a big deal?
Some Guy   1/6/2015 3:33:48 PM
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Just thinking about learning to program in 1980 on an IBM 360 with 64KB of RAM and a COBOL compiler written in 8K overlays. Now it's "throwaway" small for the Internet of Things and Wearables. A Cray in your pocket and an Amdahl on your wrist. Kinda puts the last few decades in perspective.

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Re: Steve Jobs at Reed College
junko.yoshida   1/6/2015 12:24:32 PM
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I agree. There are so many IoT devices on the show floor at CES this week; fonts are something neglected and yet they could make a HUGE difference!

 

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Re: Steve Jobs at Reed College
goafrit   1/6/2015 7:47:03 AM
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Ergonomics is a big competitive weapon in todays electronics industry. Most of the components are commoditized. You win by aesthetics

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Sheetal.Pandey   1/6/2015 7:42:56 AM
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Since IOT will touch almost everyday use electronics stuff in a household the display of local languages might become a necessity. Also the font size depending on user may be an elder person of child. So much to innovate.

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krisi   1/5/2015 2:50:08 PM
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I have exactly the same thoughts Rick...regardless, esthetics is important in consumer market...and most companies are not doing a good job with it

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Steve Jobs at Reed College
rick merritt   1/5/2015 1:07:05 PM
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This reminds me of stories of Steve Jobs taking a fonts course or something like that at Reed College and it being a big deal in his appreciation for the aesthetic of physical/industrial design. It feels at once both interesting, useful and a little over-rated.

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rick merritt   1/5/2015 1:06:56 PM
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This reminds me of stories of Steve Jobs taking a fonts course or something like that at Reed College and it being a big deal in his appreciation for the aesthetic of physical/industrial design. It feels at once both interesting, useful and a little over-rated.

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