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Issue #9 • 12 April, 2019

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind this week. After making my way to Wellington, NZ, I had a great time on Tuesday conducting a workshop with the design and development teams at Catch Design, one of the top digital agencies in New Zealand, and gave a talk at their office for the wider digital community that evening. The next morning brought a flight over to Melbourne for Web Directions. It’s the first time I’ve been to one of their events, and it was a real standout experience. Wednesday was their Design Leaders day, and yesterday and today their Design event. The quality of the speakers and presentations was truly exceptional, and I can heartily recommend these events to anyone. I’m absolutely exhausted but it was worth every second.

I’ll be honest: I was so flat-out this week that I decided to do something a little different. I’m including a link to my presentation, and that of Chris Lienert. His talk about learning difficulties and the role type can play in them was fascinating and I thought it paired with mine really well. His look at the origins of language, the difference between them, and how it is perceived in the brain was truly eye-opening.

I’m looking forward to getting out for a ride tomorrow courtesy of Rapha's club rental program, and then head back to San Francisco for Smashing Conference on Sunday. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back on a more regular newsletter schedule by the time I get home.

Until then, have a great week!



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Today’s Tip

Typography, accessibility, and how language becomes knowledge

My new talk is about using some new developments in CSS and variable fonts to rethink how we create typographic systems on the web. There’s a lot going on in the talk, and I plan to get into these elements separately in greater detail. But the ties with accessibility were such a fit with Chris’ talk that it seemed worthwhile to talk about them together. There should be videos available at some point and I’ll be sure to link to them when they're live.

A few of the things I cover include fluid, dynamic typographic scaling using CSS custom properties, calculations, and variable fonts; supporting light mode preferences; and giving the user greater control over their own reading experience.

Chris’ talk was a perfect complement. He began with looking at the origins of different kinds of languages, and how that visual information becomes knowledge, and how it can go wrong. He’s also got tons of great references.

I hope you can get something out of the slides. I’ll be taking some of these topics and diving deeper on them in the coming weeks, but I thought this was a good time to give you an overview introduction.


Web Type News

  • IBM publicly released Plex Sans Variable in collagoration with Bold Monday. It's a orgeous typeface, and is open source. Go check it out here and try it for yourself!

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