I wanted to share my slides and a short video that was a part of the presentation, but unfortunately, since this was an unconference, much of the meat was had in a back and forth with the audience. The talk covered some great points such as Mark Boulton on how good design creates a ‘halo effect’ around your product and brand, Oliver Richenstein on the subject of the 100% Easy-2-Read Standard, and Brendan Dawes on Mariah Carey Syndrome. Chank has some nice coverage over on his blog as well.
Below are the slides and video presented at FontConf for your consumption and pondering:
Ira Glass on Story-Telling
But Wait! There’s More!
I’d like to get your thoughts on Mariah Carey Syndrome and how it applies to the current landscape of web technologies. For the unfamiliar, Brendan Dawes put forth the analogy in his book, Analog In, Digital Out, when he compares Mariah’s singing to the gratuitous use of Flash in the early/mid 2000s. Mariah can hit some pretty high notes in her songs, and while this is a unique talent, she does it repeatedly in just about every single song, and it quickly becomes annoying rather than impressive.
With the swath of new CSS techniques available, it’s becoming apparent that some folks are already abusing them—sites that apply
text-shadow to all of their content make it quite the pain to read, for example. What do you think? Are we headed towards a deluge of flashy CSS3 transitions for no reason? Typefaces poorly selected for reading, just because we can?