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  1. Where Web Typography Goes To Next

    The future of web typography is as uncertain as any other aspect of the medium, but one thing is for sure: it’s got momentum. At no other time has typography been taken so seriously by so many involved in the web, and that means there’s an awful lot of change and innovation to keep up with if you want to stay on the cutting edge of online type. In as much depth as 60 minutes will allow, this presentation will cover recent proposals and additions to CSS 3, from ligatures to hyphenation, synthesis to capitalisation, and much in between. It will cover the reasoning behind the new aspects of CSS 3, and reintroduce older properties which only now are becoming implemented and useful (and thus browser support will not be ignored either). No session on web typography would be complete without discussion of webfonts. There is still much learn in this field, both in what CSS can provide, and the technical implementation within browsers. But web typography is not just about CSS, or even good type setting. The bit that touches us most closely is the medium through which most of us read: text rendering and screens, and this presentation will discuss and demonstrate the cutting edge of both. Web typography is a hugely exciting part of web design, and the field that is moving most quickly. This presentation will give you everything you need to know to keep right on the spur of the serif, the apex of the ascender, and the edge of the curve.

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  2. Get Stoked on Web Typography by Samantha Warren

    Typography can make or break a design, but there are big differences between what makes jaw-dropping type offline from what makes great type online? In this presentation, Samantha will evaluate interesting offline lettering and discuss how you can translate those principles and leverage CSS3, @font-face, and new font-as-service web apps to create engaging online typographic experiences.


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  3. Down with Web Typography - Indra Kupferschmid

    Down with ‘web typography’, long live ‘typography on the web’. Indra will open Ampersand by persuading us to retire the notion of web typography as a special case with its own rules, and instead have us consider the typographic pitfalls specific to type on screens.

    Recorded at Ampersand 2015, Brighton, UK.

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  4. Jason Santa Maria - On Web Typography

    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.

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  5. CSS and Fonts: Fluid Web Typography

    For almost 15 years, Web designers have had a list of 10 "Core Web fonts" to choose from. Many ask, "Why can’t I just download a font file from my Web server the same way I can an image?" Well, actually, you can. The verbiage for font linking is a little different than images, but the syntax for Webfont linking has been around for over 10 years as a part of the CSS standard. Web typography expert Jason Cranford Teague shows you how to apply the principles of fluid typography, to choose, find and use Webfonts and create your unique typographic voice. Come and find out why 2010 is going to be the year of Web typography.

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  6. Think Outside the Font - Sarah Hyndman

    We are all type consumers and type is woven into the rituals of our everyday lives. Sarah will explore the psychology of typefaces, presenting practical, factual and research-based information about type; how it creates a first impression and can alter perceptions.

    Recorded at Ampersand 2015, Brighton, UK.

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  7. Tim Brown - More Perfect Typography

    At long last, designers can use real fonts on the web. But what now? Where do we go from here? Tim Brown has been studying type on the web for seven years, and has lots of ideas to share. In this talk, Tim will guide you through using typographic tools and perspectives that will change the way you design websites. Typography is an ancient art and craft; we are merely its latest practitioners. By looking to our tradition for guidance, we might once more attain our finest typographic achievements in this new medium.

    About Tim — Tim Brown is Type Manager for Typekit. He studies, promotes, and advances the craft of web typography on a daily basis, and shares what he knows at Nice Web Type. Tim has written for A List Apart, and he helps web designers with tools like Web Font Specimen.

    Recorded at Build 2010

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  8. D&AD and Monotype Typography Podcast Ep2 – Obsession

    Why does the craft of typography attract obsessives? In just over 40 minutes, journalist Rob Alderson gets to grips with the finer details of typography and obsession.

    Joining Rob in this episode are Ed and Anthony of type foundry Colophon. They stand up for type obsessives around the world as they answer crucial questions, such as: What qualities are needed to be a type designer? What is the process behind designing a typeface? What issues do type designers disagree on? Why do small changes to a typeface have such large repercussions? Why does typography attract obsessives and fanatics?

    Rob then meets with one of typography’s most famous recent obsessives - Robert Green, the man responsible for discovering the lost Doves Typeface, which was thrown into the river Thames following a mysterious dispute. Robert explains the history of the typeface’s designers - Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson and Emery Walker. He reveals their tumultuous relationship with each other, and with Hammersmith’s most famous design icon, William Morris.

    The episode ends with an investigation into why typography is gaining traction with people beyond the graphic design industry.

    Do type designers have arguments over semi-colons? Listen to our podcast to find out.

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  9. Simon Pascal Klein — Setting standards-​​friendly web type

    Web typography has in the past two years seen a resurgence in interestand many would agree only rightly so, with most of the content on the web still textual. However the range of technical options available for setting type on the web is quite broad—not to mention the range of stylistic choices available—and often confusing. This session aims to demystify the current techniques available to set type on the web by compar­ing and contrasting the various options at hand while offering a set of good defaults and safe advice for not only making it accessible but also pleasurable to read.

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