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Speak The Web, Liverpool, Monday 15th February 2010

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  • Putting the font in front-end Jake Smith, JP74 Speak The Web – Liverpool
  • Hello Hola Hallo Bonjour
  • Who are you?
  • Who am I?
  • Type The basics
  • Why use fonts? • To establish a tone of voice • To reaffirm customer loyalty through branding • To communicate better
  • http://tbpportfolio.blogspot.com/2009/08/abcs-of-branding-posters.html
  • Type designers • Neville Brody • Eric Gill • Bruno Maag • Darren Scott • Erik Spiekermann
  • Foundries • FontFont • [T-26] • House Industries • Emigre • Hoefler & Frere-Jones
  • Foundries are like record labels
  • Foundries as a label • They have a roster of artists • The artists produce a variety of works • You never actually own anything you pay them for… you license it
  • “ I know for a fact thereʼs discs of my fonts doing the rounds in Manchester, and I donʼt give a shit. It raises my profile.” Darren Scott Creative Director Truth Design Consultancy Fonts: Aggregate, Hydrate, Mechanic Gothic, Nitrogen
  • Typography on the web
  • 1996 • Courier • Times New Roman • Arial
  • 2010 • Courier • Times New Roman • Arial • Verdana • Georgia • Impact • Trebuchet MS • Comic Sans
  • 2010 • Courier • Times New Roman • Arial • Verdana • Georgia • Impact • Trebuchet MS • Comic Sans
  • Witchcraft
  • The web needed better typography tools… …so we got hacking
  • sIFR scalable Inman Flash Replacement http://wiki.novemberborn.net/sifr
  • Why choose sIFR?
  • gdruk.com
  • basics – sIFR • Font published from Flash • Configurable through CSS and a config.js file • Replaces any selector matching your criteria • #protip – Only visible from a live server during dev
  • #protip – check the exported SWF
  • Was it a success?
  • gdruk.com
  • pros – sIFR • Brand continuity • Great with our CMS • Degrades gracefully
  • cons – sIFR • It is difficult to learn the intricacies • FUC! The flash of unstyled content • Multiple instances of Flash on a page • Awkward to style advanced user events
  • Cufón Fonts for the people http://cufon.shoqolate.com
  • Why choose Cufón?
  • certeco.co.uk
  • <script src="js/cufon-yui.js" type="text/javascript"></script> <script src="js/Kontrapunkt_200-Kontrapunkt_700.font.js" type="text/javascript"></script> <script type="text/javascript"> Cufon.replace('h1'); </script>
  • pros – Cufón • A lot quicker to implement • Styled by just the CSS • Online tools for generating font outlines
  • cons – Cufón • Still getting FUCʼd • No security for reverse engineering font descriptions • Need to check font EULAs
  • @font-face The way it should be http://alistapart.com/articles/cssatten
  • basics – @font-face • Been around since 1998… • Part of CSS2 spec • Neither browser support the most common font format TrueType • IEs proprietary EOT format killed off Netscapeʼs TrueDoc
  • @font-face { font-family: League Gothic; src: url(‘LeagueGothic.ttf’); }
  • @font-face { font-family: 'LeagueGothicRegular'; src: url('League_Gothic.eot'); src: local('League Gothic Regular'), local('LeagueGothic'), url('League_Gothic.woff') format('woff'), url('League_Gothic.otf') format ('opentype'), url('League_Gothic.svg#LeagueGothic') format('svg'); }
  • pros – @font-face • Itʼs in the spec • all handled through CSS, no JS • plenty of free fonts to use
  • cons – @font-face • Paid fonts VS free fonts
  • Typekit The easiest way to use real fonts on the web http://typekit.com
  • basics – Typekit • Subscription based service • Currently has 350+ fonts available • Font references held in the CSS file, all standards compliant, accessible and legal
  • Why havenʼt you chose Typekit yet?
  • pros – Typekit • Quality complete fonts • Simple licensing plan • Easy to incorporate into your site
  • cons – Typekit • Canʼt test fonts without live connection • Stop paying subscription, no more fonts • Limited amount of Foundries and fonts
  • Fontdeck Delivering real fonts to your website http://fontdeck.com
  • Erik Spiekermann – FontShop http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owxO6jXXRBQ
  • Remember With great power comes great responsibility Please show some restraint!
  • Thank you Gracias Danke Merci Jake Smith jake@jp74.com http://jp74.com @jake74 http://systemerror.co.uk