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Typography Geekout

  • Jun 27, 2011 · 5:45 PM
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After weeks of studying anchoring, proper strand linkages, message threads, and effective stickiness, a proud young spider had recently completed his first web. Within the web, using the language of flies and beetles, he wove "Free Poop, All You Can Eat" just as his mother taught him.


Though it was a magnificently sturdy affair, a testament to standards-based web construction, it was not catching any flies. The flies would approach, but then turn away and laugh derisively before they could be caught. The spider pored over his engineering notes, sifted through his data, and consulted his RFCs, but he could not figure out what he'd done wrong.


Frustrated, he set out to consult with his old teacher, master Orb Weaver for advice. "Master, I followed all of the rules set out by the World Wide Web construction industry, but I cannot attract any flies? What have I overlooked?"

"Webbling, though your strands are steadfastly anchored to the foundation and are interwoven with precision, you have made a critical mistake. True, you have written an enticing message within your web, but the form of the lettering is well known to your victims. The flies easily recognize your trap and so they pass you by," the master explained.

"But master, my mother swore by Comic Sans as the most friendly and inviting font. What else could I could possibly use?"


"Your foundation is good, but you still have much to learn about making good webs."


Web design has been saddled with a few crusty fonts for decades, but you don't have to be like the young spider of this newly ancient parable. You don't have to settle for Mom's font any more!


Join us at the GRWebDev Typography Geekout to learn how and when to use young, exciting, modern fonts on your web sites. There are even fonts for those of you making boring, stodgy sites! We'll talk about ligatures, kerning, terminals, and all manner of other fontish things. What's the difference between a font and a typeface? I have no idea, but I bet one of our presenters does!


We have 3 presentations for this meetup:

  • Karl Swedberg/Tim Kelty: An in depth look @ @font-face and using unicode fonts instead of images.
  • Victor Sirotek: Practical advice on how to make type work for you. This will touch on type sizing, do's/dont's, very basic grid advice, readability of your work, etc.
  • Taylor Vanden Hoek: An in depth intro to type. I'll cover things like type anatomy, history of type, how to use multiple fonts in design, what/where to look for good type.

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  • Mike E.

    As a developer, it was great to get some basic tips from a design perspective!
    It was also cool to see what fusionary is trying with custom fonts – interesting approach.

    June 29, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Its a tough subject to learn and to understand. The speakers did a nice job talking about subject at hand.

    June 28, 2011

  • Patrick Alan T.

    It was very informative, especially the in-depth typography introduction.

    June 28, 2011

  • Taylor Vanden H.

    Totally cool with me.

    June 28, 2011

  • Alex C.

    Great first meeting! Will be attending in the future.

    June 28, 2011

  • Karl S.

    Paul, fine by me!

    June 28, 2011

  • Paul H.

    Karl, Victor and Taylor, I'm working on a blog post summarizing last nights presentations. Are you all okay if I link to your presentations in the post?

    June 28, 2011

  • Taylor Vanden H.

    For those interested in the resources I mentioned tonight, you can check out the full slideshow at http://prezi.com/oy5pa-uuiigv/grwebdev-typography/.

    June 27, 2011

  • Karl S.

    I confirmed with Ross earlier that Tim Kelty and I could present, but I'm going to have to back out. Tim is considering doing our presentation on his own, so I'll let y'all know by the end of today.

    June 20, 2011

  • Paul H.

    Still looking for presenters or are you all set?

    June 20, 2011

  • Ross H.

    We have a bunch of people willing to talk, but I still only have one confirmation, please get a hold of me personally as soon as you can peoples. We may end up just expanding to 5 or 6 slots. Thank you presenters, you are the true heroes.

    June 12, 2011

  • Ross H.

    Cool, we are getting a lot of responses for people that want to talk at this meetup. If you are interested, please email me (ross-hunter at ross-hunter dot com) with a brief summary of your intended talk. Thanks.

    June 8, 2011

  • John H.

    I can give a presentation on the history of web fonts covering topics of @font-faces, EOT, sIFR, SVG fonts, TypeKit, and Google Font APIs all in 20 mins ;)

    June 5, 2011

  • Karl S.

    @Cameron, if your question was directed at me ... absolutely.

    June 2, 2011

  • Cameron K.

    Would you be willing to touch on @Font-Face using it with CSS3?

    June 1, 2011

  • Karl S.

    Tim Kelty and I can present on using Unicode for graphical embellishments.

    May 31, 2011

  • Brian R.

    I'll toss my hat in as a presenter. I could talk about some general typography tips for the non-designer (basically everything Ray mentioned, in lay terms), as well as how to best translate those to web.

    May 31, 2011

  • Ross H.

    I am reading my first comment on this meetup and realizing how wrong-headed I was back in my youth when I made that comment. I have become extremely excited about this meetup since I have realized I do not know a damn thing about typography and could greatly benefit from this.

    May 31, 2011

  • Randy H.

    I would be very interested in learning about the hosted font services.

    February 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    There could be a session on @font-face and all the new hosted font services like TypeKit and now Google. A more general discussion covering typography on the web would also be great.

    1 · January 31, 2011

  • Kyle A.

    I had a half hour talk several years back introducing code monkeys to grid layouts, establishing a vertical rhythm, etc. Even though it took up 30 minutes it was a very fast-paced presentation. Like Ray I don't see any problems with filling up the time.

    January 10, 2011

  • Ray B.

    I'm sure we could come up with an hour of material for typography. Possible sessions: font categories (serif, sans, display, script, slab, etc); type pairing; typographic systems; the all powerful grid.

    January 10, 2011

  • Ross H.

    I think this is a great idea. However, I'm not sure I could go through an hour and a half on just typography - but as part of a larger whole on design or whatever would be great.

    January 10, 2011

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