Recap: The Changing Face of Web Typography

May 20, 2011 Samantha Metheny

For our May 4 event, Ben Byrne discussed the history of web typography and the latest and greatest approach, @font-face. If you were unable to attend or need a refresher, we've got you covered:

Recap

In the beginning

Web typography had some support in the early days of the web:

All of these had a problem, though: limited choices and limited capabilities.

Then came the workarounds

Yet these, too, had limitation and challenges.

Enter @font-face

@font-face embeds fonts in your web page via CSS:

@font-face {
	font: 'yourfont';
	src: url('fontfile.ttf') format('trutype')
}

More challenges

Super easy, right? Well, almost …

Leveraging @font-face

There are a number of third-party tools/services that make using @font-face easy, although they can involve costs:

Or you can do it yourself with self-hosting:

There is a lovely, amazing web site called Font Squirrel. And Font Squirrel is your friend.

Samantha's (and Ben's too) Soapbox Moment
Do not steal fonts. Just don't. If you do, the talented and ingenious font designers out there will stop designing cool fonts for us to use. When you put a font on the web using @font-face, make sure you have thoroughly read the license and obtained proper permission to use the fonts. You DO have to comply with the font foundry's license.

Looking for good web fonts?

Buyer be aware

There are some technical concerns to be aware of when using @font-face:

On the horizon

We can look forward to improvements in:

However, cross-platform rendering will still be a challenge:

Finally, for more information, Ben recommends reading @font-face and performance.

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