As you might imagine from a head of content, I spend a whole lot of time trawling the web for great stuff to read and share. Here’s some of the best stuff I found this month.
Note: I'm 100% certain I've left off a whole bunch of great stuff. If you feel like sharing your favorite web news from October, feel free to comment!
Google and Monotype release Noto, a font for all languages
If you’ve ever been cruising the web and come across a series of empty boxes where you expected text, it was because the site’s font didn’t support characters from the language the text was written in.
Those boxes? They’re called “tofu.” And Google wants you to never see tofu again. Hence, Noto, the first font to ever support over 800 languages.
Want to use it in your next Webflow site? Awesome.
If you want to support languages in any of the following languages/scripts, you can simply add it to your site from the Fonts tab in your Site Settings:
Hillary Clinton pronounces GIF properly. Internet goes wild.
And yes, I know the format’s creators would disagree. I also enjoyed that Hillary does not refer to “the cyber,” as her competitor has done on more than occasion.
DevTips dives into Webflow
DevTips’ Travis Neilsen has launched a series of videos capturing his first experiences of Webflow as he builds a new landing page for his podcast. So you get to watch his travails and triumphs as he experiences them. And maybe learn a bit about Webflow too.
(Oh, and there’s a chance you could win a free Webflow Pro subscription for 1 year, so be on the look out for the next installment early next week.)
Luke Wroblewski continues to explain why obvious always wins
Fewer mantras are more well-known or powerful in the world of digital design than Luke Wroblewski’s “obvious always wins.” And know you can watch his 3-hour seminar on how to create obvious designs for mobile. It’s an obvious must-watch.
Part 1. And part 2:
Microsoft Design releases its inclusive design toolkit
When you think of high-quality design, you might not think of Microsoft first. Or second. But there’s a lot to click around and check out on Microsoft Design’s site, but if you’re interested in building accessible designs, you’ll definitely want to grab the PDF of their inclusive design toolkit.
I was personally super-happy to see that their Design Language section includes basic voice and tone principles. IMHO, Microsoft has made great strides in their content over the last few years, so it’s worth checking out.
Affinity launches a UI-focused update
If you’re looking for an alternative to Adobe or Sketch for desktop design work, Serif has a solid alternative in Affinity Designer, which just got a few UI-focused updates. Oh, and if you happen to be a Windows guy or gal, they’ve got a beta version of Designer for Windows that you can download for free.
Spaaaaaace in desiiiiiiign
When I'm writing, I like to think that silence shapes my words. And the same goes for space in design. Nathan Curtis of Eight Shapes offers a detailed walkthrough of the role of space in design systems.