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Who thought developing your own font would be a money saver? The BBC has created a new typeface called BBC Reith, named after the broadcaster's founder. As well as being specifically designed to work best on mobile devices, it will save the Beeb a few bucks on the balance sheet.

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Be honest -- how often do you think about the font you're using? You're exposed to words in all shapes and sizes on a daily basis, whether texting a friend, writing a resume, or jotting notes in your text editor of choice. But fonts convey different meanings, and if you pick the wrong one you could find yourself either dismissed for a potential job opportunity, or worse, laughed at by everyone in the office before they throw your resume in the trash.

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When the Panama Papers were leaked a couple of years ago, they revealed a a bunch of information about how many public figures shuffle their money around to obfuscate their wealth - and potential ill-gotten gains. The Prime Minister of Pakistan was implicated, resulting in an investigation. And now, documents tendered by his daughter are alleged to be false - all because an investigator noticed what font the documents were typed in.

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Love it or hate it, the Comic Sans typeface makes amateur typographers of us all. People don’t normally talk about the fonts they use. Most of us only notice typefaces when they are atypical or inhibit our ability to read. Comic Sans is different. It divides opinion among those who don’t usually identify as typeface enthusiasts.

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The marketers for a typeface called "Dyslexie" claim the font can make reading "easy and enjoyable for people with dyslexia". The reasoning behind the font's design is intriguing. But before you get too excited -- the scientific evidence supporting Dyslexie's usefulness is far from conclusive.

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Despite years of research to get it right, rendering crisp, pixel-perfect fonts is a difficult business -- Microsoft even has a dedicated API in the form of DirectWrite and as Chrome's recent update to support it shows, even it's not considered ideal by everyone. Like many graphics-related tasks however, the prevalence of powerful 3D accelerators in most devices has allowed text-rendering to take the next step in quality, using a technique called "signed distance field". In fact, you can check it out right now in Chrome.

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Web: Whether you're designing a website or making your resume look better, the right fonts can take it to a new level. Typ.io makes it easy to learn which fonts complement each other. But it's difficult to know which fonts complement each other. Typ.io wants to make that easy.