FITC Toronto 2017

2017-04-23 00:00:00 2017-04-26 00:00:00 America/Toronto FITC Toronto 2017 FITC Toronto 2017 is a three-day professional celebration of the best the world has to offer in design, web development, media and innovation in creative technologies. Toronto FITC Toronto


With the rising popularity of immersive media, we’ll need to rethink UI standards around a new modality. As communication becomes more gestural, conversational, and less typographic, we will need to ensure it does not become abstract. In a world threatened by fake news, ensuring a future of clear, nuanced, and truthful communication will be incredibly important.

This talk unpacks a condensed history of typography and justifies why said history can be used as a jumping off point for designing the future of user interfaces. We will discuss how to reconsider typographic history—and the nuances of phonetic letterforms—when inventing new user interfaces for a future of modular, invisible, and alternate reality devices.


Delve into the history of typography as a means to unpack potential upcoming conventions for the future of UI.

Target Audience

UI-focused designers, developers, and thinkers currently working in emerging media spaces.

Assumed Audience Knowledge

General awareness of tools and standards in the present UI landscape.

Five Things Audience Members Will Learn

  1. The history of the phonetic alphabet
  2. How that history is connected to the modern GUI
  3. Why the connection between the synthesis of the phonetic alphabet and the design of your phone’s GUI is important
  4. How this information can be used to foster design thinking as we try to redesign UI standards around a future of modular, invisible, & alternate reality devices
  5. Specific frameworks to organize and streamline our thinking in regards to the future of UI