I give talks on web typography and web development all over the world. Are you interested in a talk about web typography or web development at your conference or meetup? Send me an email and let’s talk.
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The Science of Typography
13 November, 2015
This is going to be a weird talk. You’ve probably all seen automated “design” software and algorithms come and go. They promise the sky but often restrict you and produce bland and generic results. Should you not use such software at all? What if there are tools that analyse and guide you to create better designs? This talk will explore typographic analysis and what we as designers can learn from math and computer science.
I gave the talk on November 13 at the dsgnday conference in Amsterdam.
Web Fonts Performance
14 September, 2015
Web fonts are great. They are also be really bad for front-end performance because they block rendering. You may have experienced this on a slow cellular network. Staring at a blank page is no fun, especially when the content has already loaded.
This talk explores why browsers have placed fonts on the critical path, and how we can work around this while still delivering a good user experience. It also takes a look at what the future will bring to web font performance: preloading hints, the font-display property, and HTTP/2.
I gave this talk at Smashing Conf Freiburg. A video recording of the talk is also available.
The Consequences of Web Fonts
20 March, 2015
In the last few years the number of sites using web fonts has soared. Unfortunately the default behaviour of most browsers is to hide text while downloading fonts. This talk explores how to embrace the Flash Of Unstyled Text (FOUT) and avoid the devastating effects of the Flash Of Invisible Text (FOIT).
I gave this talk at UX Munich 2015 in Munich, Germany.
The State of Web Type
September 12, 2014
I first gave this talk at CSSConf EU, and an extended version at Adobe MAX 2014 and Webfontday Munich. This talk resulted in the creation of the State of Web Type, which contains up-to-date browser support data for web type.
November 3, 2013
What is in a web font? Find out how it affects type rendering on different browsers and platforms, and how you can use that knowledge to choose appropriate typefaces.
I gave this talk at the Lat55 meetup, in Malmö, Sweden.