On a recent trip to the library, I ran across Art Chantry Speaks, by Art Chantry. After almost putting the book back on the shelf, I decided to take it home and read it. I’m so glad… I really enjoyed this book.
I moved to Seattle in 1991 and by then Art Chantry was celebrated for his rock posters, rock magazines and album covers. While I didn’t personally know Art, I had heard him talk at the SPGA (Society of Graphic Designers) meetings and knew other designers who shared studio space with him. But I really didn’t connect with him as a person or as a designer.
In reading Art Chantry Speaks, I learned about his love of the history of Graphic Design — the one NOT taught to students in design school. Art traces back many graphic design trends, styles and influences back to the designers who really created them rather than the designers who took the credit. Art also looks back on how the graphic design business evolved from a profession populated by mostly self-taught sign painters to the current “art form” that it is considered today.
Currently I am working on another website with Jay Carskadden. Jay has designed this site for a local career counselor and I will be building the site using WordPress. In her designs for this website, Jay is using Highbrow Cafetorium JNL as one of the website’s main fonts. However, this font is not considered one of the standard ‘browser safe’ fonts.
Traditionally there are only a few fonts suggested for use on websites. These “standard browser safe fonts” are the fonts that are most commonly found on all computers. Needless to say, the font choices are somewhat limited. However, if these standard fonts are used with CSS styling, a website’s text should look similar across all browsers. If it was absolutely necessary to use a non-standard font on websites, website developers usually created jpeg images of the text.