Web Typography is just typography, sort of

Web Typography is just typography, sort of
Amy Papaelias

Lecture at SFPL Main Library
Co-presented by Type@Cooper West
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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.

This event is part of the Letterform Lecture series, co-presented by Type@Cooper West and the San Francisco Public Library, and sponsored by Adobe Typekit.

About Amy Papaelias

Amy Papaelias is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She has written for The Recorder, Typographica, Type Network, and co-edited a special issue of Visible Language. Her work has been presented at the Type Directors Club, TypeCon, Face Forward Dublin, Theorizing the Web, and the College Art Association. She helps keep the lights on at, a network that promotes and supports the work of women in type-related fields.