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Finding Your Perfect Web Type Match

Val Head
May 03, 2013

Finding Your Perfect Web Type Match

The world of web type has opened up huge possibilities in typography for web designers but sadly not all fonts on the web were made for the web. We have browser rendering, performance and more to consider on top of our typographic design decisions. This makes choosing type for use on the web just a bit tricky. In this talk Val will cover techniques and tools for balancing aesthetics and performance when selecting web type. We’ll cover everything you need to end up with a web font that’s “just your type”.

Val Head

May 03, 2013

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  2. http://creativeJS.com

  3. http://refreshpittsburgh.org

  4. http://webdesignday.com

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  8. 2 crying cats some gifs 1 pretty terrible pun all

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  9. Once upon a time...

  10. Not all fonts on the web were made for the

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  12. um, where did the counters go?

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  16. operating system text rendering engines user preferences file format of

    the font hinting of the font file
  17. http://blog.typekit.com/2010/10/05/type-rendering- on-the-web/

  18. role durability availability context

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  20. The font’s role

  21. Many typefaces were designed to solve specific problems.

  22. Verdana Georgia

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  26. High contrast and small x- heights don’t do tiny sizes

    well on the web.
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  28. Durability/Quality

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  30. - Steve Matteson, Monotype “Every typeface will have its own

    sweet spots … so it’s useful to have a palette of typefaces to work with.”
  31. Assemble your own short list of trusted web fonts.

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  35. Can you handle the web?

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  39. http://webfontspecimen.com/

  40. Free web fonts are about as good as free fonts.

  41. There are shortcuts to quality.

  42. http://www.fontbureau.com/ReadingEdge/

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  45. http://typecast.com/blog/type-qa-steve-matteson- from-monotype

  46. Text http://fontdeck.com/typefaces/all/tags/ manuallyhinted/

  47. Also, “stealing”

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  49. Whatfont: Better than sliced bread at telling you what font

    that is.
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  51. Mental note: FF Meta Serif at 16px reads pretty darn

  52. ... Even in IE... hmm...

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  54. http://blog.typekit.com/category/sites-we-like/

  55. http://fontdeck.com/showcase

  56. Quality? Check! Now about the context...

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  58. Context

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  62. http://typecast.com/

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  68. Manage expectations. Even your own!

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  72. http://furious.gr/font-foundries-must-die/

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  74. Availability

  75. Don’t bother with fonts that aren’t available for the web.

    (i.e. gotham)
  76. Make sure it’s available. Make sure you can afford it.

  77. Type hosting service vs Self hosting

  78. Adelle from typekit != Adelle from fontdeck.

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  80. Performance

  81. how big are fonts, really?

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  83. 225k average

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  85. Fonts have weight(s). (and I don’t just mean light and

  86. regular bold italic bold italic light

  87. http://alistapart.com/article/say-no-to-faux-bold

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  89. How much font is too much font?

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  93. “too much” is subjective

  94. http://www.subsetter.com/

  95. Hiding web fonts from small screens (aka: mobile, we hope)

  96. http://css-tricks.com/preventing-the-performance- hit-from-custom-fonts/

  97. Promise me there will always be something between your web

    font and “serif”
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  100. Summing it all up!

  101. These are changing times!

  102. http://alistapart.com/column/font-hinting-and-the- future-of-responsive-typography

  103. https://www.fontfont.com/fonts/chartwell

  104. http://www.fonts.com/web-fonts/google

  105. your perfect web type match