Our latest Please Explain is all about typefaces and typography. Typeface designer Jonathan Hoefler, type designer and president of Hoefler & Frere-Jones and Steven Heller, co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts and author of the VISUALS column for the New York Times Book Review, will explain how typefaces are created and why typography is important to communication and design.
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Presenters Simon Pascal Klein (@klepas) Guest: 陳 Jon Tan (@jontangerine)
Content Rundown Typography… a shared passion Current state of typography on the web (excluding webfonts) — “Typography is not just picking a ‘cool’ font”, CSS2.1, CSS3, and doing lots with the basics Webfonts & the tech side of things Extending beyond the desktop: mobile, and testing mobile typography for the BBC A hosting & licensing service: Fontdeck (the what, how, who) Awesome stuff in the pipe: Mapalong & Brooklyn Beta Recommendation of the week
Recommendations Jon: The New Typography by Jan Tschichold, The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst, and Detail in Typography by Jost Hochuli (all highly endorsed, and worth sniffing…).
More info and transcript: http://designfestival.com/design-festival-podcast-6-typography-with-jon-tan/
Achieving a thorough grasp of typography can take a lifetime, but moving beyond the basics is within your reach right now. In this talk, we’ll learn how to look at typefaces with a discerning eye, different approaches to typographic planning, how typography impacts the act of reading, and how to choose and combine appropriate typefaces from an aesthetic and technical point of view. Through an understanding of our design tools and how they relate to the web as a medium, we can empower ourselves to use type in meaningful and powerful ways.
Ampersand is an affordable one-day event for knowledgable web designers & type enthusiasts, held in Brighton on 17 June 2011.