Wayne Thompson

Australian Type Foundry

Typography for digital natives

Presentation from Intranets2016


Wayne Thompson – Typography for digital natives‘ – sketchnotes by Rebecca Jackson CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 on Flickr

About my talk

In today’s digital landscape, typography is one of the most ubiquitous but least understood disciplines. Your type choices need to maximise legibility but also project the right tone of voice, and few of us are trained in this. In this session Wayne will share his years of experience and discuss some basic principles around:

  • legibility and the differences between print and screen
  • the way our eyes perceive words
  • the subtle tone of voice which a typeface can convey.

Wayne’s presentation includes interactive exercises that will help you gain a new understanding of why type is important for everyone.

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About me

Wayne Thompson is a former graphic designer and art director who now specialises in typeface design. Dealing mostly with advertising agencies, film studios and government agencies as his clients, he designs and implements typefaces which do a specific job for their customers – such as one project which required a typeface with a “60% masculine, 40% feminine” tone of voice. Wayne also runs highly successful handlettering workshops where he expands the minds of digital natives with the craft of typography.

Photos from Intranets2016



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