Erik Spiekermann is information architect, type designer and author of books and articles on type and typography. Two of his typefaces, FF Meta and ITC Officina, are considered to be modern classics. In 1979 he founded MetaDesign and in 1989 FontShop. Today he is managing partner and creative director of Edenspiekermann. He is also Honorary Royal Designer for Industry in Britain.
Typography in Responsive Design
Drawing on all the tools we currently have at our disposal, Mark will take you through the decisions you can make to make your typography as responsive as your layout.
Mark Boulton is a web designer and author, and member of the ISTD. He is the founder of Mark Boulton Design, and co-founder of indie publisher Five Simple Steps. Sometimes outspoken, always passionate, Mark is obsessed with applying the fundamentals of good typographic design on the web. Mark lives in South Wales with his wife and daughter, a small collection of neglected bonsai and a guitar he wish he owned when he was 18.
The Newest New Typography
It takes four seconds to make up your mind about a typeface, and about eight minutes to explain why, in detail. It takes about ten years, give or take a couple, to figure out why all the print typographers moan that there's more to Good Typography than a nice typeface; they'd say it would take as much to explain the whole thing. Gerry will attempt to do it in 44 minutes, leaving just enough time for a joke about old typographers.
Gerry Leonidas is a Senior Lecturer in Typography at the University of Reading. He teaches, supervises, and lectures on typography, typeface design, and typographic education. The rest of his time is taken with enterprise and consultancy projects, and a fair amount of pushing paper. He is mostly associated with the MA Typeface Design course, for which he is the Programme Director.
Ben is Head of Design at the Government Digital Service, in the Cabinet Office for the UK Government where GOV.UK has just won Design of the Year at the Design Museum Awards. Before that he was Design Director at Wieden & Kennedy London. Ben has spoken about design on Radio 4’s Today programme and has been a D&AD judge several times.
Chris is creative lead at GDS. He’s one of the most inspirational thinkers in the UK design community, and talks passionately about the intersection between the digital and the physical worlds.
Designing BBC World Service
Kutlu is Creative Director of BBC iPlayer where he leads the user experience and design team. Before leading the iPlayer team, Kutlu was the Creative Director for the BBC’s Global Experience Language and responsible for championing the role of craftsmanship around typography.
What does it mean to design a professional typeface? Nina will tell the short tale of the long journey towards completing her first typeface design; a musing on fun and frustration, on learning to draw and learning to see, on passion and perseverance – on being earnest, and making FF Ernestine.
Nina originally started out as a web designer, discovered her love of type at design school, and has since been working mostly in graphic design, typography, and book design. Nina sometimes speaks and writes, and has taught an introductory class in screen typography at FH Dresden. Most frequently her nights and weekends are spent working on typeface designs, resulting in the release of her first commercial typeface in 2011.
Web Fonts as a Progressive Enhancement
Progressive enhancement attempts to ensure that content is delivered to all web users regardless of technology. How do web fonts fit into this methodology? What and where are the possible pitfalls, and how might we work around them? Andy will look at some learnings from implementing web fonts on high performance and high availability sites including the Guardian.
Andy is a frontend engineer at Twitter. He has previously been frontend architect at the Guardian and a consultant at Clearleft working on projects for the BBC, Channel 4, NBC, Fontdeck, Mozilla and eBay.
On Icon Fonts & Working with Designers
Ever spent countless hours crafting a totally awesome type system for your beautiful design, only to have it lost in translation when it goes to development? Let’s examine type and icon fonts through a developer lense and see how to work together to get everyone on the same page!
Jenn Lukas is a web developer working with Happy Cog in Philadelphia. She writes for The Nerdary and has a regular column in .net magazine. When she’s not crafting sites with the finest of web standards, Jenn teaches HTML and CSS for GirlDevelopIt and runs ladiesintech.com.
Webfonts are Just Fonts
Christian Schwartz is a type designer and typography consultant. Christian is one half of Commercial Type, a joint venture with Paul Barnes, with whom he has collaborated since 2004 on various typeface projects, most notably the award winning Guardian Egyptian.