LAURAFRANZ.COM

Good Web Fonts

Lively, subtle, perfectly legible fonts for the web. (blog)

Typographic Web Design

How to Think Like a Typographer in HTML and CSS. (book)

online courses

Visit lynda.com to learn about Typography for Web Designers. (video)

the New Bedford Typeface

1 city, 34 students, 300+ years of lettering and type. (on hiatus)

HistoricType.com

Image database and blog dedicated to lettering on old signs and buildings in the US. (on hiatus)

UMass Dartmouth

The Graduate Certificate in Web and Interaction Design

LFranz[at]umassd.edu

Recent Items

Avoiding Faux Weights and Styles

Read about Avoiding Faux Weights and Styles With Google Web Fonts on smashingmagazine.com. July 11, 2012.

Another Online Course

My most recent Web Typography course, Choosing and Using Web Fonts, is now available on lynda.com. June 27, 2012.

Drop Caps in HTML and CSS

Read about Drop Caps: Their Historic Use and Current Best Practices in HTML and CSS on smashingmagazine.com. April 3, 2012.

Upcoming Activities

Finding, Testing, and Using Web Fonts

I’ll be presenting at the 2012 HOW Interactive Design Conferences. Washington DC: September 27–29. San Francisco: October 29–31.

Web Typography: Traditional Methods and Contemporary Technology

Chancellor’s Colloquium Series, 2012–13.
I’ll present snippets of recent projects that help educate non-typographers (web designers, computer scientists, small business owners, and casual bloggers) how to create legible, pleasant reading experiences.

I’ll focus on the intersection of traditional typographic methods and contemporary technology, and how knowledge and skills from one process can be adapted to serve another.

This event is by invitation only. I have a limited number of invitations, so if you are a Design Educator or Professional in the Providence / Boston / South Eastern Mass area and would like to attend, please contact me. Thursday, February 21, 2013 at UMass Dartmouth. Reception starts at 5:30, followed by dinner and presentation.