1. Bermudafunk vs Beats: Fight!

    Ich wollte eigentlich nur kurz mal diese zwei Logos von bermuda.funk und Beats nebeneinander hier auf der Seite zeigen. Gibts da eine Geschichte? Die würd ich wirklich gern erfahren.

    bermuda.funk and Beats logo

  2. Amazon Bookerly vs Google Literata: Fight!

    Recently, both Amazon (with Bookerly) and Google (with Literata) announced/released a family of fonts tailored to the specific needs and capabilities of ebook and tablet screens. The fonts are meant to make reading long-form texts, Ebooks for example, less straining for the eyes. They also look particularly nice on today’s medium- to high-res screens.

    I am looking forward to giving them both a try. My first impression was, they both look great and like a good improvement on the exisiting fonts that have been used until now. It is a shame that many devices, such as the Amazon Kindle don’t offer (more simple) means to supplement the preinstalled fonts by installing additional ones.

    As kind of a type nerd I like to compare the little differences and details in typefaces, so I put these two side by side. Now you can check them out as well. I even made a longer paragraph so I could get an impression of how the type will look when used for actual books. Click on the images for the original resolution, or download the source PDF.

    Bookerly vs Literata (regular) Bookerly vs Literata (italic) Bookerly vs Literata (bold) Bookerly vs Literata (bold italic) Bookerly vs Literata (long-form text)

    My verdict is: both are pretty good! Personally, I like the slightly straighter approach of Bookerly a little better. But especially the bold weights are equally nice and impressive. Good job by both Amazon and Google!

    PS: Could be fun the put Apple’s San Francisco up here as well. Not quite the same application, but I’m happy to see many of the large corporations put their weight behind better typography.

  3. Foursquare Simple Lists

    I made a new thing!

    Update: there is now a demo! Check it out before running your own, or use it as is.

    Sometimes I’d like to send people a URL to one of my (or my friends’!) Foursquare lists, so they can have a look. As this is currently (as of May 2015) not possible inside the iOS app (what gives?!), and the Foursquare web interface is comparably slow and clumsy, I made my own webapp for the task. It’s mostly javascript and uses the Foursquare API. Below is a screenshot, but you can put it up on your own server or even Dropbox pretty easily.

    Foursquare Simple Lists webapp

    It provides a simple interface to find your lists, your friends’ lists, the contained venues and all the permalinks you want.