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Web Fonts and OpenType Features with Monotype

Web fonts have hit the mainstream. Venkat Yetrintala, a key software architect for Monotype's web fonts, will talk about web fonts in general and in particular how it intersects with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. He will demo web fonts, including Monotype's web fonts support of OpenType features in browsers that don't currently support it, and also show how web fonts and HTML5 capabilities can be used to create banner ads and some cool designs.

From Monotype's blog:

http://www.monotype.com/blog/by-putting-type-first-web-designers-deliver-readers-a-better-experience

The job of typography is to deliver legible, accessible, attractive content regardless of the medium. Type is language. It’s the foundation of branding and brand expression. The right type reinforces a great message both by carrying a literal meaning and conveying emotion and personality. This is especially true in today’s mobile device environment, where web design often must be pared to its simplest form.

Thankfully, the tools available for working with type on the web have improved dramatically. Until recently, live web type was only viewable at the end of the design process, when a developer began an HTML prototype. Web designers were stuck using system fonts or images of web fonts to approximate the web typography they hoped would materialize at the end of the project—only to watch those designs unravel during the development process.

With today’s typography design tools and the availability of web fonts through online services such as Fonts.com, MyFonts and Google Web Fonts, designers can create web typography earlier, faster and better than ever before. Moreover, they’re no longer tied to a small handful of system fonts and are free to experiment with classic and contemporary typefaces.

By seeing type first—in the browser at the start of the design process—designers can review the entire composition using real content rather than evaluating specific characters. In real-time they can see how fonts render across browsers and different devices before the prototype is built and before committing to final type decisions.

That’s where the beauty and flexibility of responsive design is transforming the entire web design process. And this is the perfect time to put things right by placing type first.

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  • Beth

    Thanks for the pizza, even though I wasn't sure at first that it was for us. I had to come straight from work and it would have been a long time between lunch and dinner. (Winning a prize from the drawing definitely helped, too!) People seemed a bit lost at first, in part perhaps due to the late start of a meetup in what looked like a shared space. I think that having a somewhat-permanent space for future meetings will be a big help in getting a pattern down for these events.

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • ron b.

    I'm glad to hear participation is encouraged. I think people are sometimes afraid they are being rude by interrupting if they ask questions or make comments mid-presentation.

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first meetup. The subject matter was definitely good, but the presentation itself fairly boring.

    July 11, 2013

    • Mattie T L.

      Thanks for coming out Fred. As I mentioned in another comment, I think we could have benefitted from more Q&A there and less presentation. Feel free to throw out questions next time to help steer things. I could use the help. :)

      July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so sorry I missed this meeting. I really wanted to be there because we have so few meet ups together PLUS the topic would've been a blast. I just couldn't get away from my 9-5 job.

    July 11, 2013

  • Ricky D.

    Good — my first meetup — can't compare to others, but I got good info out of it. Met my expectations.

    July 11, 2013

  • Jay W.

    Working late, maybe next time.

    July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    CUBS now

    July 9, 2013

  • Paul C U.

    Sorry can't make it this week

    July 8, 2013

  • William B.

    Sorry, something for AIGA came up, enjoy the presentation & I'll catch y'all next time!

    July 8, 2013

  • Randall M.

    sorry my ruby rails night is at the same time

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What is the specific address to the parking for the group?

    July 1, 2013

  • Eduardo

    Looking forward to learning about using web fonts

    June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    And I'll be there!

    June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Delicious subject matter on this one. :)

    May 22, 2013

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