Where are (web) designers going with web fonts?

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September 26, 2011

Where are (web) designers going with web fonts?

A talk by @scottboms, @mrwarren and @luxuryluke given at TypeCon 2011 in New Orleans, LA about the state of web fonts today and what designers are striving to achieve with them on the web.

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Scott Boms

September 26, 2011
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    WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD WHERE ARE (WEB) DESIGNERS

    GOING WITH WEB FONTS? TYPECON 2011: SURGE
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    15 YEARS of CSS TYPE 10 YEARS of HACKS 2

    YEARS of WEB FONTS A BRIEF HISTORY OF TYPE ON THE WEB
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    We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We

    march backwards into the future.” MARSHALL McLUHAN “ This photograph is copyright © Henri Dauman/The Estate of Marshall McLuhan and may not be used without permission.
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    HOW DESIGNERS ARE CHOOSING TYPE Optimized for Small Sizes Fallback

    Font Availability Range of Weights and Styles Number of Glyphs Language Support Availability of Special Characters Pairings from Same Web Font Service Appropriateness for the Project 0 50 100 150 200
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    66% prefer hosted web font services such as Typekit, FontDeck,

    WebType, etc. 34% 66% HOSTED SELF-HOSTED
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    84% sometimes or always talk to clients about using web

    fonts 47% 16% 37% YES NO SOMETIMES
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    What would be most helpful to you as a designer

    to make web fonts better?” SURVEY QUESTION: “
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    It’d be really great to have some way to design

    in Photoshop/Illustrator with a font I have a web license for.” ACTUAL ANSWER: “
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    Polyfills close the gaps created by browsers that support more

    advanced features of the HTML and CSS specs
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