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Matthew Butterick

Matthew Butterick is a typographer, writer, and lawyer in Los Angeles. After graduating from Harvard, he worked as a type designer for David Berlow and Matthew Carter. He then founded Atomic Vision, a web-design studio, which was acquired by Red Hat. He attended UCLA law school and became a lawyer in 2007. Butterick is the author of the popular Website and book Typography for Lawyers. His fonts include Hermes FB, FB Alix, Equity, and most recently, Concourse.

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The Bomb in the Garden

TYPO San Francisco 2013, April 11, 2013, 3:00 pm (Lam Research Theater)

The web is turning 20. Has it lived up to its early promise? I say no. The web was intended as a space for sharing human creativity and ideas. It’s been partially successful in that role. But it’s become dominated by an advertising economy that relies on confining creators — especially designers — to an ever smaller box. I’ll make the case that the trend can be reversed, if designers are willing to re-assert themselves. But getting there will require puncturing some comfortable myths.