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Responsive Typography with Clarissa Peterson

Your content is the most important feature of your website, so it's important to make sure that the text looks good and is easy to read no matter what device type or screen size it's being viewed on. One size does not fit all when it comes to typography, but you can use media queries to adjust type qualities such as size, line height, column width, margins, hyphenation, and even typeface depending on the viewport size. Learn how you can use CSS to apply design rules that will make your typography look better and perform better across devices. You'll also find out how typography affects the loading time of your website, and what you can do to improve performance.

Clarissa Peterson is a UX designer and web developer, and co-founder of Peterson/Kandy, a Montreal-based digital consultancy specializing in creating responsive websites. Clarissa frequently speaks and gives workshops on responsive design, mobile strategy, and user experience. She is the author of Learning Responsive Web Design: A Beginner's Guide, available now from O'Reilly Media. You can find her online at and @clarissa.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Clarissa's slides about Responsive Typography are available here:

    Thanks to all who attended, and to Clarissa for a great presentation!

    1 · August 27, 2014

  • Brian L.

    Great! managed to get a better idea of programming for responsive sites

    August 21, 2014

  • Nick S.

    Sorry, I'm bailing due to weather :(
    I'm forcing myself to work on pushing CSSLint out the door, so maybe it's a net benefit...

    August 21, 2014

  • Neil W.

    I'm heading back to Ottawa from the Toronto area, but unfortunately I don't think I'll be there in time for the meeting at all. :(

    August 21, 2014

  • Derek F.

    Won't be able to make it, unfortunately, as I'll be out of town... Sounds like a great one though!

    August 20, 2014

  • Eduardo R.

    Dear Jessica,

    I can possibly support the venue for the next month at the University of Ottawa. I need the date and hour to try to book a room. It is not for sure but if you tell me soon the planned time I will look for it. Possibly other months as well.

    Best regards,


    August 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, Refresh Ottawa! We hope you are stoked about Clarissa's talk next week.

    Just wanted to post a few updates...

    1. We don't yet have a food sponsor for next week. If you or your company would like to help out by providing pizza/sandwiches/snacks, please feel free to reach out! Otherwise, you may want to bring something to nosh on at the event.

    2. This will likely be the last Refresh event at the Shopify lounge, as Shopify is relocating to Elgin St next month and won't be able to host events for several months. We are looking for venues for our fall events. If you are willing to host an event, we'd love to hear from you!

    There are links to contact forms in our event description. Thanks for your participation in Refresh, and we'll see you next week!

    2 · August 11, 2014

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