@marco Yup. After I booted up, everything looked bold to me, because I had turned that setting on previously. Turned it off, and ahhhh, sweet Regular. I bet Ive was embarrassed by Spiekermann’s feedback :)
@marco@mrgan Interesting thought at the end of your footnote about Apple’s newfound willingness to change. Adapting to better compete against Google’s unemotional data-driven focus perhaps? http://j.mp/1ddtTRi
@chriscoonradt@marco I doubt that it’s an intentional change made with Google in mind. Keep this in mind: I’ve heard that Ive and Jobs had disagreed on software design for a while. With Jobs’ passing, new doors are open for old ideas and passions.
@exkclamation I think Spiekermann can separate his feelings about Helvetica from the specifics of font weight, which is all he has discussed here. None of his Meta-line fonts were designed for screen. If he designed one for it, I’m sure it would be ace.
@mrgan Oh absolutely. Didn’t mean to say they had Google in mind, just reminded me of the “Google is getting better at design faster than Apple is getting better at web services” problem. Seems that Apple is getting better at being Google in a good way.
@mrgan@marco Now if only developers would follow suit and stop using ridiculously small fonts in apps. Hopefully devs will support "Dynamic Type” and allow users to adjust the font size via "Text Size" option shown here in iOS7 http://ow.ly/mNHEx
@miamitechnews While this is a worthy goal, it’s also very difficult to make work with complex layouts. To make it possible, designs have to be simplified until they start looking like webpages. It’s a big trade-off.
@mrgan Flipboard app does a great job at allowing users pick large fonts. Apps like Mailbox or Gmail do a terrible job. Who can read those tiny fonts? It makes no sense to have a large screen and then opt to use the smallest possible fonts.
@mrgan Most of my typefaces were designed before we read on screen. But I will repeat: if something was designed to work well under bad conditions on paper (small size, bad light, bad printing, low contrast, low resolution...), it’ll work well on screen.
@mrgan Meta actually works surprisingly well on screen. All my faces have been designed for tough conditions, making sure that one can distinguish between i, l, I, (try that with Helvetica) and other confusing shapes like 3, 8, S, B et al.