Jan 19, 2009

font-family declarations are your new bicycle

I was wondering why Kottke looked the way it did1, all Helvetica'd up; I thought Jason would be a bit more original than that. Then I viewed source and quickly wrote up a whole post in my head about how his font-family declaration is specifying Hoefler & Frere-Jones' Whitney2 as the default font.  My shocking post title was going to be something along the lines of "It'll cost you $499 to read Kottke the way God intended." But then he went and posted all about it himself, scooping me on scooping him, the bastard.

1 For the record, I like the blue border, and the descriptive header, and the site when rendered in Whitney or Myriad.

2 And here's the conspiracy theory / hater shiv between the ribs, just for kicks. Jason's blogged an awful lot about Hoefler & Frere-Jones over the years; do you think he paid for Whitney? Or could this be a way for Hoefler or Frere-Jones to make their way about town saying "Hey, bring up Kottke.org, wouldja? I need to check something..." and then shouting "Hey! Did you pay for Whitney???"