Stephen Coles

Stephen Coles
Type Director, FontShop/Typographica


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 and The FontFeed.


Design & User Experience
Location: 2001 Level:
Moderated by:
Jeff Veen (True Ventures)
Stephen Coles (FontShop/Typographica), Paul Irish (Google Chrome)
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. Read more.
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