I’m presenting at the 2013 ATypI conference in Amsterdam

My ATypI 2013 presentation has been scheduled for Sunday 13th of October at 14:25. I hope to see you all there, it’s going to be awesome.

My presentation will deal with the transition from print publishing to screen-based publishing, and what this means for the way we design and typeset.

TypeTalks 2013

I will be presenting at the 2013 TypeTalks in Brno, Czech Republic, on the 6–7th of September 2013.

My presentation is entitled Post-paper, and on the grand transition from publishing to paper, to publishing to screens, and how this necessitates the development of new design conventions and tropes. I hope to see you there.


Playfair Display Black Italic is used to good effect in this art exhibition catalogue designed by Christian Ramsø.Skyggebilleder

ATypI 2011 presentation

My presentation entitled Typography for touch-screen devices has been accepted for the 2011 ATypI conference in Reyjkavik. The conference runs from the 14-18 of September, and my presentation will take place Thursday the 15th at 11:00 in ‘Track 1’. I hope to see you there.

321 seconds

I am attending the TypeTalks2 symposium at the University of Arts in Poznań, on the 18 and 19 of June, 2011. I will be making an exactly 321 seconds long informal presentation entitled ‘Lost in pixelation’. It will be about… well, I won’t give it away here. Come, and you shall see.


I have been given financial support by the Google Web Fonts team to design a typeface family. In fact you are looking at this design right now. This website uses Playfair Display (as the typeface is named) as a webfont to display the text.

Playfair is a transitional design. From the time of enlightenment in the late 18th century, the broad nib quills were replaced by pointed steel pens. This influenced typographical letterforms to become increasingly detached from the written ones. Developments in printing technology, ink and paper making, made it possible to print letterforms of high contrast and delicate hairlines.

This design lends itself to this period, and while it is not a revival of any particular design, it takes influence from the designs of printer and typeface designer John Baskerville, the punchcutter William Martin’s typeface for the ‘Boydell Shakspeare’ (sic) edition, and from the ‘Scotch Roman’ designs that followed thereafter.

As the name indicates, Playfair Display is well suited for titling and headlines. It has an extra large x-height and short descenders. It can be set with no leading if space is tight, for instance in news headlines, or for stylistic effect in titles. Capitals are extra short, and only very slightly heavier than the lowercase characters. This helps achieve a more even typographical colour when typesetting proper nouns and initialisms. Languages, like German, where nouns are capitalized, particularly benefit from this lower contrast between lower and upper case glyphs. In German, with it’s many capitalized words, and other European languages that use many diacritical characters, it is advised to use more leading.

Being a transitional design, stylistically Playfair can accompany Georgia, where Georgia is used for body text.

Playfair includes a full set of SMALL CAPS (currently only supported by the Firefox 4 or newer browser), common ligatures, and discretionary ligatures. For Polish, a set of alternate diacritical characters designed with ‘kreska’s are included. All European languages using the latin script are supported. →A set of eight arrow devices are also included←.

Once the latin script part is finished, I will expand the fonts to cover the Cyrillic script.

Once the regular weight is released I will announce it here. Watch this website for further information on Playfair.