These Fonts Here

Google Fonts integration with WordPress (and a convenient Gutenberg block) has changed web design for the better. You can now easily choose from 700+ free fonts to type-up your webpage.

Check out a few of my favorites and why I chose them for this site.

Cormorant Garamond

If it were up to me, I’d always write in a font like Garamond (or the pretty well-done bastardization offered here). But it’s not a good font for the web. It’s not chunky enough for good legibility; even on paper it can be a tad effete. So I kept looking for the basic content font for this site.

Avería Serif Libre

Now here’s a web font! Avería Serif Libre is chunky enough to be legible on a screen. It’s serifed, but barely, and it has a slightly blurry appearance that lends personality. The reason for this is amazing—it’s formed by averaging all the serif fonts in Google’s font collection! You can read all about it here. As a probabilist, how could I resist?

Avería Serif Libre is the basic content font for this site.

Open Sans CONDENSED 700

I loves me some condensed sans serifs. Open Sans Condensed (here in the 300 weight) is the font for all subheadings (in ALL CAPS). The Open Sans collection is an excellent sans font that goes well with everything. The condensed version is tight, but legible, and the 700 weight makes a good heading font.

Archivo NARROW

The default heading font for the theme (Ixion) is Archivo Narrow in ALL CAPS. It still appears in menus, buttons and featured content because I haven’t gotten around to changing the CSS. It’s a good font, especially if you’re stuck with it.

Faster One

I chose this one for the header, because it looks FAST! Also, when I’m in a hurry I sign my email -=C


Math Pictures

The set of polynomials of degree 4 with all roots on the unit circle, and inscribed easily described regions.

The set of polynomials of degree 4 with all roots on the unit circle, and inscribed easily described regions.

Large resultants of families of polynomials generated as in Dobrowolski’s Lemma (which leads to the best known lower bound for Mahler measure as a function of degree).

The eigenvalues of a real random asymmetric matrix with iid normal entries.

I’m not sure what this is, but it’s interesting.

The zeros of Wronskians of consecutive Hermite (and other classical orthogonal) polynomials are pretty wild.

Pair correlation in the scaling limit near the real edge in Ginibre’s real ensemble.