Around the Office: Fontsmith at 10, an HTML5 Doodle, Eyeing Social Media, more

Eva is impressed with the minimal and clean site Fontsmith created to celebrate its 10 years creating custom fonts. In addition to the great website, Fontsmith has published a limited edition box-set of booklets it has produced over the past decade. What better way to celebrate beautiful fonts and 10 years in type?

As further proof that Daveed appreciates HTML5 on a deeper level than the average Web surfer, he drew our attention to a Google case study of how the Stanisław Lem doodle was built. In celebration of Lem’s impressive career as a science fiction writer, philosopher and satirist, Google created an interactive animation that demonstrates some of the considerations that went into programming the doodle using HTML5, the Internet’s new Web standard.

Roberto found out this week how people look at Facebook profiles — literally — thanks to a study that tracked where peoples’ eyes went when looking at social media profiles. According to the study, profile pictures garnered the most attention on Klout, Facebook and StumbleUpon, however, on LinkedIn, unsurprisingly, job title gets more interest. People are also very interested in who you know based on the attention they pay to the thumbnails of friends seen on social profiles. And, finally, people are most likely to see content close to the top of each page, so if it’s important, don’t make them scroll down.

Daveed found out that Google is making its search results more social. When signed into Google+, Google searches now include posts and uploaded items like photos from you and your friends. So now when you search for “Awesome things you can do with a paperclip”, for instance, you’ll find out what the budding MacGyvers on Google+ have done with a paperclip. We’re partial to the paperclip helicopter.