Many thanks to Typekit for sponsoring the RSS feed this week. As a matter of fact I decided to sign up for a Typekit account about two weeks ago. (They didn’t give me any sort of deal — I paid for it myself with my own money.)
Before I signed up for Typekit I had a few preconceived notions about it. That: (a) installing Typekit would be difficult; (b) using Typekit would slow my site down; and (c) I had no need for custom typefaces for the sake of branding my site.
However, since Typekit offers a free 30-day trial I decided to give it a shot. It was one of those evenings where you feel like hacking away on some code, and I figured it’d be a chance to have fun and educate myself on precisely how Typekit actually works. Well, I learned that all three of my assumptions about Typekit were wrong.
Secondly, my “kit” only weighs in at 196K, or about the size of a few screenshots. I’ve noticed no lag or issues with the loading of the site.
And Thirdly, the branding issue: Yes the typefaces I’m using are unique, but more importantly is that I find the site more readable than it was before. I used to use Lucida Grande as my body font. It was too small at 12px and at 13px it starts looking ugly. Now I use Gesta which is very open and has a generous x-height. It looks great on the screen and I think make the site very readable.