Korean fonts

My browsing for information about fonts led me to a girl who combined her love of Korean drama, learning Korean, and her design school experience to create an app  Types of Type. Read about it after all the links to various fonts.

This post will only be of interest to programming geeks like me.  How fonts are handled for Korean is an interesting technical problem.

Below you will find Korean fonts in case you are bored silly with the standard Korean fonts.  Slideshow: Solving the Challenges of Asian Web Fonts

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Cool Text Free Downloadable Unicode Korean fonts

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Fonts.com Korean fonts. Another article about Korean fonts/

Korean has a large numbers of characters. It is difficult to show text quickly to your screen. From the article: Web font language support a global solution “Looking closely at Chinese, Japanese and Korean fonts, they each can have thousands of characters, from 10,000 to 30,000 or more. The average Chinese Big5 font with 13,000 characters is about 8MB. A Unicode 6 font has 109,449 characters and can require more than 50 MB. ”  (My first computer had a 50 MB hard drive.  The concept that each web page download requires 50 MB just for the font is mind-blowing.)  Fonts.com uses dynamic subsetting “to deliver fonts that contain ONLY the characters used on the page, thus dramatically reducing font file size.”

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Google Fonts Korean fonts.

What you would do

  1. Go to your site’s Custom CSS Editor
  2. Add the following:
    @import url(http://fonts.googleapis.com/earlyaccess/hanna.css);
    body { font-family: 'Hanna', serif; }

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There are intriguing pages that I want to explore in the future like Install Nanum Font. A screen shot like this only makes me itch to start writing code and building websites.

I’m squirreling away sites I will want to revisit when my Korean language skills improve.

I need to bow to Korean Vitamin.  Her site was the first one I saw discuss Korean fonts.  At the time, I was too busy to investigate fonts but I squirreled it away, and a few months later revisited with my own post.  She wrote about it much better, so check out her post.

 

Types of Type – App about Hangul

I did wonder about the typographical terms used for Korean fonts.  That led me to and article on a CalArts student, Amanda Lui, who wrote Types of Type, an iPad app that compares Korean typography with its English counterpart.  Types of Type is a combination of her studies in graphic design and cultural studies.

Lui wrote, ” I think it’s amazing to see how the English and Korean languages have so much in common, and I’ve brought those similarities together in the context of typography. And, of course, there are differences as well, and it is intriguing to see the contrasts next to the similarities.”  What made a Chinese American write an app about Korean typography?  Her love of Korean dramas and K-Pop, of course!

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I am half in love with Amanda Lui for using her design experience combined with her need to learn Korean words for her summer trip to make this project which is essentially REALLY FANCY FLASH CARDS, each inspired by the work of famous graphic designers. Now that is a cool way to learn a language.

 

Developers & Naver

What hidden treasures are there on pages with enticing names like Naver Developers Open API?

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Facebook pages for Naver Developers, Microsoft Korea, Dev Korea.

Microsoft software in Korean including Visual Studio, Access, Office Professional.

Cute Font Korea

Fonts for Adobe Reader

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