Performant Font Techniques For Modern Typography

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1017 Olive Street · Saint Louis, MO

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Second Street is in the former Laclede Gas Light Company building at 10th & Olive in downtown STL. Come in the front door and we're on the left, across from the elevators.

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Meetup starts at 6:30pm with 30 minutes of social time. Beginning at 7pm, Wells Fargo Advisors' Matt James will present a tech talk about JavaScript:

When web fonts first arrived on the scene, they gave us near limitless typographic options and control without having to rely on a conventional “web safe” font stack. With that power came performance implications for our users due to the render blocking nature of web fonts. In this talk, we’ll look at new techniques in the browser that provide instant content such as `link rel="preload"`, `font-display` And the CSS font-loading API. We’ll also look at JS based fallbacks for non-supporting browsers as well as the performance implications of variable fonts. Finally, we’ll examine the different performance considerations for self hosted fonts versus cloud hosted fonts.

Starting about 8:15pm, we'll move into a hacking session to experiment with the material that's been presented, and with JavaScript, browsers, and node.js in general.

Complimentary beer (21+ only), sodas, and pizza will be provided by this month's food sponsor, Second Street ( Come hungry, come thirsty, bring your laptop, and be ready to code!

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