This talk took place on July 18, 2017 in the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library as part of Type@Cooper West's Letterform Lecture Series. This recording was made possible by a generous sponsorship from Adobe Typekit.
For many design students, educators, and practitioners, typography and web design exist in parallel universes. We teach and learn typography without ever touching a CSS property while an introduction to web design rarely covers typographic principles in meaningful ways. The differences between print and web typography are self-evident; we can point to shifts from static to variable contexts (such as browsers, devices or screen resolution), as well as changes in typographic tools (from WYSIWYG software to markup languages). What happens if we embrace web design as an integral part of a typography education and typography as fundamental to learning web design? Let’s put on our wizard hats, slay some dragons, and demystify web typography’s magic spells.