Hello, I’m Bram Stein, a web developer working on font serving at Adobe Typekit. I care a lot about web typography and I’m happiest working at the intersection between design and technology.
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Web Font Anti-Patterns
October 13, 2015
There is a lot of confusion about web fonts. Are they really bad for performance? Maybe you should not use web fonts at all? This ongoing series of articles takes a look at some of the most common anti-patterns for creating, using, and loading web fonts. Web fonts can be great when used correctly and with moderation. Continue reading…
Preload Hints For Web Fonts
August 7, 2015
Web fonts are a popular topic in the web performance community. However, one fundamental problem is often overlooked: web fonts are lazy loaded. Can web font preload hints help us? Continue reading…
Detecting System Fonts Without Flash
July 30, 2015
Many web-based text editors allow the user to select custom fonts through a drop down menu. These font menus often include system fonts. Unfortunately, there is no web platform API for retrieving a list of locally installed fonts.
Smashing Book 5: Web Fonts Performance
July 28, 2015
Smashing Magazine asked me to write a chapter about web fonts performance for Smashing Book 5. I think web fonts are great, but they suffer from one big problem: by default they block rendering in almost all browsers. You may have experienced this yourself on a site using web fonts while using a slow cellular network. Staring at a blank page is no fun, especially when the content has already loaded.
Blocking rendering while downloading fonts is wrong and against the very idea of progressive enhancement. After all, the content is what people come for. Web fonts are an enhancement of that content. Important, but not critical. This chapter will show you how to optimise web fonts and how to load them without inconveniencing your visitors. Continue reading…
The State Of Web Type
November 21, 2014
The State of Web Type contains up to date browser support data for type and typographic features. I created the State of Web Type because no other browser support data site goes into the necessary detail for type and typography features.
The site is frequently updated with new data and entirely open source. Any additions, corrections, or comments are very welcome.