Disappearing icon font in Chrome

Just ran across a weird little bug while updating a client WordPress site.

On this particular site, I’m using an icon font in the header for social media icons, and in Chrome on my Mac (it may have been on Windows too, but I didn’t test it) when the page loaded, the icons would not appear. To make it even harder to troubleshoot, as soon as I interacted with the page in anyway (open developer tools, hovered over the icon, scrolled, etc), they would suddenly appear. It seemed that either the font wasn’t loading or some Javascript or CSS was getting hung up on something.

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Taming the Google Chrome garbled font beast

Does this look familiar?

Google Chrome Garbled Text Screenshot

It seems that Google Chrome has a bit of an issue with Helvetica, Arial, and a few other fonts displaying as square-like glyphs instead of properly rendered text. The issue appears to be on Windows and Mac, and fortunately there are many many forum posts and articles discussing in length this very subject albeit a little difficult to find initially. Unfortunately many of the fixes out there didn’t fix the issue for me. My personal path to success goes as such:

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My Morning Workflow Part 1: Chai and Spotify…

I thought I’d share some of my morning routines in case anyone’s looking for something to add to theirs.

Each morning, as my wife is finishing getting herself and our daughter ready for work and school, I make a pot of chai which my wife actually taught me how to several years ago when we were just dating. The principle is really basic. I fill a small pot with water, throw 4 black tea bags in, a palm full of cardamom pods, half a palm of cloves, about a tablespoon of ground ginger, two cinnamon sticks and a small piece of star anise. I bring it to a boil and let it simmer until it’s reduced by 2/3. Then I pour soy milk in until it’s a medium beige color. I add about 4 tablespoons of sugar, stir and pour. The pouring I do over the sink because I tend to spill it.

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Advice for Design Students Part 1: Passion

Road Trip Reflection

©2008 Clint Bush

I found my self giving advice a couple times recently to students either recently graduated or still attending design school, and I have to say I don’t really know the point when I went from insecure frosh to someone giving out advice. Truthfully I don’t know if I’m 100% confident about what I do now. Actually I don’t know if I ever will be. Maybe that’s what drives me to keep getting better and perfecting my craft.


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