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Web typography workshop

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Part one - getting web fonts to work and work well

In October we are running part one of a two part workshop series on web typography. In the first workshop we'll look at getting web fonts to work and work well. We'll approach web fonts from an accessibility and performance point of view and consider the pros and cons of the following:

• System fonts and font stacks

• Web font hosting services

• Self-hosting web fonts

• Best practice for loading fonts

The workshop will be hands-on practical exercises, with a few short presentations (on theoretical and technical considerations) in-between.

As an attendee you should have some knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (or be willing to learn). If you have a laptop, bring it with you.

The second workshop in the series will be in a few months' time.

About the (special) RSVPs

There are only 20 spaces available for this workshop, so we’re doing special RSVPs.

Short version: you’ll need to confirm your attendance one week before the workshop.

Longer version: when you RSVP here you’ll be added to the Waiting List. One week before the workshop we’ll contact you via meetup, asking for confirmation of your attendance. When you reply to this message, we’ll update your RSVP to Yes. If you don’t reply to this message, you won’t be able to attend the workshop. Eep!

About the facilitators

Justin Slack is head of design, user experience, and front-end development at New Media Labs ( He is fluent in HTML and CSS, and slightly obsessive about typography, web standards, and user experience.

Steve Barnett works as a code mentor at Project codeX (, and as a freelance Front-end developer and User Experience person. He’s a bit addicted to meetups: you can find him helping out with RailsBridge Cape Town (, Cape Town Front-End Developers ( (this!), and Mozilla Webmaker ( events. If he’s not there, he’s probably crouched in an awkward position in front of something funny-looking, taking pictures of it (

You can find him on Twitter as @maxbarners (, on GitHub as SteveBarnett (, and on his own site Naga ( (which really, really, needs a redesign) as, erm, himself.

Attendees must read and follow our Code of Conduct ( Thanks! :)
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