At the recent TypeCon conference in Los Angeles, where Webtype.com was officially launched, Webtype partner Roger Black opened the conference with a keynote speech on the future of type design. Later in the conference Roger and Bill Davis of Ascender Corp. represented Webtype on a distinguished panel with other experts to discuss the present and future of web fonts. Michael Dooley’s article for Imprint, “The Future of Web Fonts Is Sooner Than It Used To Be”, captures some of the energy surrounding that panel and web fonts at the conference in general.
Among others, quotes are gathered from Mattew Carter, designer of perhaps the most ubiquitous web fonts to date – those “web safe” options designers have depended on for years:
As the designer of Verdana and Georgia, two out of a limited number of screen fonts that have been available until now, I have incurred the hatred of web designers who are tired of having so few choices. I hope a supply of more web fonts will get them off my back.
(Matthew is in a working relationship with Webtype, with plans to release more of his web fonts in the future.)
Given all the progress and excitement noted at the web fonts panel (including flattering comments about the Webtype launch from the panel) it’s safe to say: The future of web fonts is sooner than sooner than it used to be; it is now.