Web Fonts: The Time Has Come

Moderated by:
Jeff Veen (True Ventures)
Stephen Coles (FontShop/Typographica), Paul Irish (Google Chrome)
Design & User Experience
Location: 2001 Level:
Average rating: ****.
(4.18, 11 ratings)

After 15 years of contenting ourselves with system fonts, type in
images, or hacks with Flash, we can finally use real fonts on the web.
With broad browser support for CSS @font-face, a new era of web
typography is dawning. But that’s only the beginning. New technical
hurdles, new font formats, and new licensing restrictions need to be
considered. Join us for a lively conversation with web designers and
type designers.

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Jeff Veen

True Ventures

Jeff Veen is a design partner at True Ventures, where he spends his time helping companies create better products. He does this as an advisor, as well, for companies including about.me, Medium, and WordPress. Previously, Jeff was VP of design at Adobe after they acquired Typekit, the company he cofounded and ran as CEO. He was also one of the founding partners of the user experience consulting group Adaptive Path. While there, he led Measure Map, which was acquired by Google. During his time at Google, Jeff redesigned Google Analytics and led the UX team for Google’s apps. Much earlier, Jeff was part of the founding web team at WIRED magazine, where he helped build HotWired, Web Monkey, Wired News, and many other sites. During that time, he authored two books, HotWired Style and The Art and Science of Web Design.

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Stephen Coles


Stephen’s obsession with type and lettering wreaks havoc in his daily life where he is routinely tripped by fire hydrants while admiring vintage signs. Fortunately, his esoteric knowledge found a home at FontShop where he writes about their collection and advises clients on typeface choices. Recently, Stephen has helped lead FontShop’s web strategy, making FontFont the first major foundry to join Typekit and the first to release fonts specifically for the web in WOFF format. His commentary about typography and graphic design can be found at Typographica.org and The FontFeed.

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Paul Irish

Google Chrome

Paul Irish is a front-end developer who loves the web. He works on Google Chrome, its performance and devtools.

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