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The Future of Type

  • Bianca Berning

    Dalton Maag



The Old Library



The concept behind variable font technology is that variable fonts can package and deliver all styles of a typeface family much more efficiently than static fonts, the obvious benefits being improved web performance and greater typographic flexibility. In this talk, we explore how this technology can create new opportunities for the written word within traditional media as well as new, immersive experiences, such as AR, VR, and mixed reality.

Questions I’m aiming to answer:

How can typography respond to constant, unpredictable change of perspective in media, such as AR, VR, and mixed realities, where the physical boundaries of the page and screen are completely removed?

Will these new technologies, and combination of technologies change the way we consume written content?

How can we improve our user’s experiences using variable font technology on screens?


Bianca Berning

Creative Director at Dalton Maag

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Creative Director at Dalton Maag

Bianca is a designer and engineer based at the intersection of typography, type design and technology. She is creative director at font foundry Dalton Maag and active member of Alphabettes, Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) and the Unicode Consortium.


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the old libary, custard factory birmingham

The Old Library

Located at The Custard Factory, in the heart of Digbeth, Birmingham’s Creative Quarter, The Old Library is a truly unique space. The original library first opened as one of Birmingham’s five free libraries in 1866, and it is now the only one still standing. The library’s doors closed to the public in 1940 and remained closed until 1990. Many of the Victorian period features have been recently restored, including vaulted ceilings and iconic arch windows – making the interior light and airy, and flooded with natural daylight.

The Old Library is easily reached by public transport, car, or about 10 minutes walk from Birmingham city centre.

  • Nearby Parking
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Access Seating Available
  • Toilets

The Old Library,
Gibb Street,
Birmingham, UK

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