Though the courtesy of Bitstream, you can download two free TrueType fonts for either Windows or the Mac.
The typeface is Geometric Slabserif 703, which is Bitstream's version of Memphis a typeface designed in 1930 by Rudolph Weiss. While it may seem odd that a typeface designed 65 years ago would look good on-screen today, the reason has to do with the shape of the letterforms themselves.
They have a simple, geometric shape, and their serifs (the small protrusions from the ends of the letter) are in the "slab" family, which means they, too, are simple. The "x-height" (the height of the lowercase letter "x") is relatively large, but not so large that it makes reading difficult in the web where there is little real control over leading (the space between the lines).
Bitstream is supplying these typefaces to help you see the importance of type on the web. Once you see how different web pages can look just by changing the typeface, and how much easier they can be to read, you'll see the importance of typographic choice on the web.
For more information about Bitstream's TrueDoc technology and Cyberbit fonts, go to Bitstream's web site.
To use these free fonts:
1. Download the fonts
Windows Netscape users: click the right mouse button on each "Windows" link and choose "save link as" and use the suggested filename.
Windows Internet Explorer users: click the right mouse button on top of on each "Windows" link and choose "Save target as..."
Mac Users: The
file is a stuff-it file in BinHex format. To download,
hold down the mouse button on the link until you see a
Special thanks to David Haimson for his help in the preparation of these fonts.
2. Install the fonts
Windows 3.1: Open the control panel. Double-click on Fonts. Choose Add. Go to the directory where you saved the fonts. The name "GeoSlab703 LtBT" will appear. Choose both GeoSlab703 fonts (one is an Italic). Click on Add.
Windows 95: Drag
the font files into your \windows\system folder. or
Mac: Use your utility program to un-Bin-Hex the file. Use Stuff-It Expander to expand the fonts. Drag the font files onto the closed system folder. You will be asked if you want the files to be placed in the fonts folder. Answer Yes.
3. Use the fonts for your web browser
Navigator 1.2: Choose Options, Preferences, Fonts. Click on the "Choose Font" button and choose GeoSlab 703 12 point
Navigator 2.0: Choose General Options, Preferences, Fonts. Click on the "Choose Font" button and choose GeoSlab 703 12 point
Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator 3 Beta5 or above: You won't have to do anything for GeoSlab703 to appear throughout this site because the IE will use the <font face> tags used in these pages. To use it as your standard browser font: In IE2 choose View, Options, Appearance and select GeoSlab703 from the drop-down list. In IE3 choose View, Options and click on the Fonts button. In Navigator choose Options, General Preferences, Fonts.
Copyright © 1996 Daniel Will-Harris, www.will-harris.com