Web Fonts Soon Now

Webtype partner Roger Black with other web fonts dignitaries at TypeCon. Photo: Checko Salgado

Webtype partner Roger Black with other web fonts dignitaries at TypeCon. Photo: Checko Salgado

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.

TypeCon web fonts panel

TypeCon web fonts panel. Photo: Checko Salgado

2 Responses to Web Fonts Soon Now

  • Typos on websites about typography drive me crazy. You guys are supposed to be setting the example. In your article “Web fonts soon/now,” you write:

    “The Future of Web Fonts Is Sooner Than It Used To Be“,

    An open quote at the end? Come on! (And what about the punctuation outside the quotation marks? If you’re British, okay, but otherwise, it just looks amateur.)

    Nit picking? No. I like to think of it as attention to detail.This is what typography is about. Great stuff otherwise.

    • Hi Leah,

      Thanks for keeping such a close eye on these kinds of things! We just switched over from an older blog system and it seems some of the quotation marks got messed up in the transition.

      Where to place punctuation in relation to quotation marks is a gray area (or “grey” if you like), but your attention to detail and comments are very much appreciated!

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