Web Font Players Converge At TypeCon 2009

Jul 17, 2009

Atlanta, Georgia: TypeCon is a yearly event sponsored by SOTA, the Society of Typographic Aficionados. Matthew Carter, legendary designer of the “web safe” Georgia, Verdana, and Tahoma fonts is here. Bill Davis, the man at the forefront of Ascender Corp’s new EOT Lite initiative is here. Representatives from the Adobe and Microsoft font groups are here.

Of course, these are the kind of folks you would expect to see.

But this year there are also some special newcomers. People drawn to typography by way of web development; drawn here by the fact that font-linking is now supported in the latest version of every major browser. And with that, comes the promise of a new market for fonts on the web. Indeed, the buzz at TypeCon is Web Fonts, Web Fonts, and more Web Fonts.

Bryan Mason and Ryan Carver of TypeKit are here. Garrick Van Buren of Kernest will be arriving tomorrow.
Time to shake hands. Exchange business cards and email addresses. Schmooze over lunch. Time to break the ice in anticipation of TypeCon 2009′s symposium on Web Fonts slated for Sunday, the last day of the conference. I hope they’ve got the air conditioning turned up because there will be heat.

Here’s some pics:

Ryan Carver and Bryan Mason of TypeKit

Ryan Carver and Bryan Mason of TypeKit


Garrick Van Buren Of Font Service Kernest.com

Garrick Van Buren Of Font Service Kernest.com


Legendary Type Designer Matthew Carter

Legendary Type Designer Matthew Carter


Bill Davis of Ascender, Corp Talks With Gary Munch (Designer of the Cleartype Font Candara) and Diane Collier

Bill Davis of Ascender, Corp Talks With Gary Munch (Designer of the Cleartype Font Candara) and Diane Collier

For The Courageous, There’s TypeCrit

One of the most anticipated events at TypeCon is TypeCrit. That’s where font-makers brave enough, expose their new typefaces to the critical eye of the Big Dogs – masters like Matthew Carter and, this year, special guest Gerard Unger (to the left of Matthew Carter).

TypeCrit: The Big Dogs Criticize New TypeFaces

TypeCrit: Gerard Unger Comments On A New TypeFace


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