An Event Apart: “Variable Fonts and the Future of Typography”

Jason Pamental speaking at An Event Apart Seattle 2018 on April 4, 2018.

For centuries, typography has shaped the way we ‘hear’ what we read. In our web work, though, we’ve have to balance our typographic desires with user experience and performance, knowing that every weight, width, or style of a typeface required a different file download. Variable fonts change that, as they include every width, weight, slant, and other permutation of a typeface, all in a single file not much bigger than a regular font file. Now, beautiful web typography can be crafted to respond to screen size, language setting, even ambient light. In a detail-packed hour, Jason will show you not just how far the new capabilities can take us, but how to make use of them right away.

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An Event Apart: “Scenario-Driven Design Systems”

Yesenia Perez-Cruz speaking at An Event Apart Seattle 2018 on April 2, 2018.

Unified design systems are essential to building, maintaining, and evolving our sites and products. By empowering disparate teams via a common visual and UX language, they help us create cohesive user experiences. But creating a unified system that scales to serve a variety of content and use cases can be challenging. Sharing insights from her experience creating a unified design system for eight media brands with eight distinct editorial strategies, Yesenia will show how to approach a design system via a user-centered lens. Learn how being scenario-driven helps you design a scalable system that responds flexibly to specific contexts.

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Oscar Ceremony Design Work

I loved the design of the 87th Academy Awards ceremony last night, and it looks like I wasn’t the only one. Bloomberg Business reported that the design work was done by Henry Hobson, a live action director and graphic designer. It turns out that I’ve seen some of his work before in a few other title sequences, such as the one from The Walking Dead.

Oscars Sound Editing Title

I particularly loved the typography used throughout the Oscars. One other little detail I really liked was how the titles used for the best sound editing nominees looked like an audio timeline.

You can see more of Henry Hobson’s work by checking out his website or by following him on Twitter.

Update: Art of the Title has a much better writeup of the 87th Academy Awards, along with an interview with Henry Hobson.