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Oxford Geek Night 2

Oxford Geek Night presentation - showing the difference between Helvetica and Arial

Photo of me pontificating about Helvetica by Drew

Last night was the second Oxford Geek Night, and it was a success, with an even bigger turn out than last time. BBC Oxford were there to cover the event! What particularly warms my cockles is the way that the GeekNights are promoting Oxford as a hive of new media activity, and Natalie really has a lot of credit to take here.

I was also chuffed to pieces that Leigh could come with me this time. Babysitters make it an expensive night out, but it was worth it. We had a good system going where people would talk to me about upcoming projects, and she would kick them. Unintentionally of course.

I had a 15 minute slot, talking on ‘Web Typography: Choosing typefaces for the web’. I was concerned that it was pitched too low, and that the lasting feeling would be one of “we know all this”, but some people said they’d enjoyed and got something out of it. 15 minutes feels like hours when you’re rehearsing, but its no time at all when you’re doing it for real. There’s a lot to cram in, but Josh gets the applause for best use of the 5 minute microslot, with his frenetic rundown of Diarised.

All the links mentioned in my talk are available on de.licio.us, and a pdf of the slides are available here: Web Typography.pdf. There will also be vidcasts of all the sessions available from the GeekNight site soon.