Wikipedia For Typophiles
June 3, 2009 1:40 PM   Subscribe

Wikipedia For Typophiles
For fans of Hoefler & Frere-Jones, a Userstyle that redesigns Wikipedia with two of their best typefaces -- Gotham and Whitney. Firefox, Stylish and specific Hoefler & Frere-Jones fonts required.

The style also strips Wikipedia down to a "Readers Only" format. Here's the description from the style's page at


The basic look of this style: ...


A List Apart's color scheme and link styles ( ...


Stylish bullets in the thumbnail captions and disambiguation links using Hoefler & Frere-Jones' MercuryNumericG4-SemiItalic typeface.

REQUIRED: Gotham Rounded Medium, Gotham Rounded Bold, Whitney, Whitney Condensed and MercuryNumericG4-SemiItalic.

I realize this isn't for everybody, but if you install and enjoy this style, feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Works PERFECTLY in the latest beta of Firefox -- Windows XP -- Cleartype enabled -- 106% DPI on a 1280 x 768 LCD monitor
posted by HerArchitectLover (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I'm afraid I can't test the actual style, since I don't have the fonts, but I thought I should point out that the screenshot provided doesn't make it look very good. The fonts look blurry and either badly hinted or over anti-aliased, or both. Particularly the lowercase i and l. Also, has the whole screenshot been enlarged? If so, I think it would be better to take another screenshot with the text size increased in the browser (assuming you want a bigger screenshot that makes it easier to see the type), rather than blowing the screenshot up afterward. Even better might be to just leave the screen shot life-sized as it were, to give an accurate impression of what it will look like in use. Again, sorry I can't test the style, but thought I'd at least offer what feedback I can.
posted by benign at 10:43 AM on June 5, 2009

Thanks, benign! It is a poor screenshot, I know. It looks quite good on my monitor (no problems with blurriness, etc.) Any tips on getting a good one? It's a PNG file, cropped after pasting it into Microsoft Publisher (I know, I know) and saving it at 300 DPI. I used the basic "PrtScn" approach because the screenshot extensions for Firefox I tried looked even worse. Thanks again for your feedback! I'll try to post a better screenshot soon (here and at Userstyles).
posted by HerArchitectLover at 12:43 PM on June 5, 2009

Here's a better screenshot (I hope -- I've been staring at it for WAY too long).

Thanks again!
posted by HerArchitectLover at 1:15 PM on June 5, 2009

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