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All You Ever Wanted To Know About Web Fonts (But Were Afraid to Ask)

We were fortunate enough to watch Jim Webb present “Make the Web Beautiful, One Font at a Time” at this year’s Internet Week New York.

If you missed it, here’s a little preview of what you could have learned live:

Love typography? Hate what the web does to it? Join Gymnasium instructor Jim Webb for a session (from his upcoming series "Coding for Designers") on what can and can't be done with type on web pages – including a look at the rapidly evolving and exciting world of CSS web fonts. This session is a mix of theory and application, so attendees should be designers with a basic familiarity with CSS.

You'll learn:

  • How typefaces render differently on the web than in Photoshop or in print.
  • How you should license typefaces for the web.
  • Whether to use type hosting services like TypeKit or Google WebFonts.
  • How to make type look amazing on high-resolution (or "retina") displays.
  • How leading, kerning, tracking, and copyfitting are handled in CSS3.
  • Responsive typography and the future of web typesetting.

And because we care about you, we’re sharing the whole video here, courtesy of the fine folks at Livestream.

If you like what you see, stick around. We’ll be opening class registration to our Gymnasium and Jim will teach the first class “Coding for Designers.”


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