Andy Clarke gives us his first impression on Typekit. Then there is talk about the text rendering differences of modern browsers here.
Am not a fan
I have no doubt this might be a very nice service, but I have serious reservations about housing core materials on sites not in my control.
If we are to export fonts to the client, those fonts should be ones we own and control. If there are licensing issues, then we need to deal with them. The gods know there are tens of thousands of fonts that are free of onerous licensing provisions. For any popular font face, there is a least one well made emulation that may not be exquisite enough for hi-rez print, but is more than adequate for web resolution.
yeah, there are still
yeah, there are still complications that need to get worked out.
We have commented on this
We have commented on this venture before I think. I don't really see what has changed or is new to discuss.
I am - as stated last time - extremely sceptical about this whole venture, nothing I read changes this opinion at the moment. the negative points far outweigh the positives, which after all - and I would love to have pretty fonts to use - is not a crucial aspect to the effectiveness of a web page.
In the link if one reads the comments you get an impression of the problems inherent in this approach that the sceptics raise - unfortunately - some very valid points are made.
I also have a wee issue with Clarks article which doesn't appear to really provide any substance and has the feel of hype to me (I assume he has a vested interest? He seems to be a beta tester, is anyone else? Can I see some site examples of typekit in action?). Hype is something I run a mile from, that and the fact I can find so little real information on this service, no real hard detail yet it supposedly launches in a few months or less.
The whole issue of CDN is one that makes me fairly nervous due to it's inherently massive point of failure. We were looking into Amazon services as we have to process and store huge amounts of images that will only go on increasing eventually drowning our servers, so outsourcing the storage and delivery of those files on servers that we can grow as demand dictates is attractive, yet it makes me nervous to be reliant on this third party for something so critical; likewise I simply don't need clients ringing up moaning at me that their pretty site isn't looking so pretty, what's happened to their nice site? all because Typekits servers are running slow or have failed or even worse the service has proved to be non viable and is closed down after 18 months meaning that I now have to contact each client and explain why their site is not going to look so nice and that there isn't a solution to this that we can offer. That is not a scenario that I ever intend on exposing myself or the business to, clients do not get this sort of thing and simply blame you for the situation.
Here are few more comments:
One further aspect I'm not keen on is of having to pay for this service, that simply doesn't feel right, regardless of the fact that font foundries need their licensing fee.
Typekit's not going to be
Typekit's not going to be the only player in this area:
There's also a lot of talk about this proposal recently too. And this one from Ascender.