Tim Brown on More Perfect Typography

After Stephen Coles’ and my own thoughts on web type last week, I thought I’d add this video which is highly recommended viewing. Tim Brown, Type Manager for Typekit, gave an inspiring presentation at the most recent edition of Build, held last November in Belfast. Entitled More Perfect Typography, it examines how to set text beautifully, mainly applied to web typography. Set aside half an hour and dive in.


Tim Brown – More Perfect Typography from Build on Vimeo.

At long last, designers can use real fonts on the web. But what now? Where do we go from here? Tim Brown has been studying type on the web for seven years, and has lots of ideas to share. In this talk, Tim will guide you through using typographic tools and perspectives that will change the way you design websites. Typography is an ancient art and craft; we are merely its latest practitioners. By looking to our tradition for guidance, we might once more attain our finest typographic achievements in this new medium.

Besides being Type Manager for Typekit, Tim Brown studies, promotes, and advances the craft of web typography on a daily basis, and shares what he knows at Nice Web Type. Tim has written for A List Apart, and he helps web designers with tools like Web Font Specimen.

Build is a small, yet perfectly formed, boutique design conference where interesting, talented web practitioners from all over the world come to share ideas, techniques and inspiration. Some are on stage; some are in the audience.

Type tidbit – The elegant humanist sans serif used for Tim’s slides is the classic FF Scala Sans.

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3 Comments:

  1. Thanks so much for these kind words, Yves. I am currently redesigning Nice Web Type with FF Scala Sans Web Pro and switching the blog portion so it’s powered by Tumblr. Here it is mid-redesign: nicewebtype.tumblr.com.

    I’ve also kept a different Tumblr about my redesign process. Here’s the post in which I decided to pair Scala Sans and Cronos.

    Scala Sans was also one of my 8 Faces (issue #2).

    Posted by Tim Brown on Jan. 17, 2011
  2. This conference is great, I agree 100% with what is said, especially at the end. Thank you very much.

    Posted by jean-manuel on Jan. 19, 2011
  3. I have been designing books for almost 20 years. After watching this video I am truly excited about web design (and ebook design) for the first time.

    Note that my website shows my paintings and was not designed by me.

    Posted by Maggie Hinders on Jan. 21, 2011

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