Universal Typography

Tim Brown  •  @nicewebtype

The web is universal and, in this talk, Tim Brown shows us how to practice typography in a way that is equally universal. Focusing on traditional typographic principles, while also embracing progressive enhancement, Tim explains how fonts, CSS, web-enabled devices, and user contexts coexist. Together, we will reevaluate what it means to successfully set type — and inform our routine decisions about typefaces, font sizes, and white space.

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@nicewebtype really reinforcing how integral typography is on the web with each slide. Makes you rethink content strategy #smashingconf

— Jason Friedberg (@jasonfriedberg) June 18, 2014

. @timbrown is talking about wide/narrow containers affecting line length. A current pain point we have at @wsolhq + @dkardys #smashingconf

— Dan Rose (@dblizzy) June 18, 2014

Getting a crash course in typography from @nicewebtype at #aeasf - this talk is incredible.

— Dave (@dhicking) December 9, 2013

As a designer that was trained in print, its amazing to hear such an in-depth and informative preso to web designers by @nicewebtype. #aeasf

— Collin Simula (@CollinSimula) December 9, 2013

“The web is the best place for text. It can be searched, copied, translated.” @nicewebtype is killing it at #InspireConf.

— Jeffrey Zeldman (@zeldman) December 11, 2012