Sessions at Ampersand 2011 with slides

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Friday 17th June 2011

  • Keynote: From the Dark Side… Speak to Me

    by Vincent Connare

    Vincent explains why he created Comic Sans and why it’s what design is all about. While working at Microsoft he created ‘web fonts’ for the first Internet Explorer. He will discuss the goals and challenges in creating these fonts and creating fonts for user interfaces and small devices like e-books and mobile phones. Hinting, font technology and screen rendering will be discussed. Now that modern devices are rendering very high resolutions is hinting no longer necessary?

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Friday 17th June

  • The Future of CSS Typography

    by John Daggett

    This talk will focus on efforts to improve typographic support in CSS. Beyond just defining the @font-face rule, new properties in the CSS3 Fonts module provide explicit control over kerning, ligatures, small-caps and a variety of features commonly available in OpenType fonts.

    These features will allow designers to solve a number of basic typographic problems in a much more elegant way than previously was possible. How these new properties evolved and some of the design problems involved will be discussed in detail. The problem of consistent rendering across browsers and the effect of that on both font and web design will also be discussed.

    At 3:45pm to 4:30pm, Friday 17th June