The first mention I should make is to all the people I was lucky enough to work with during my years of pushing pixels and early days of digital tinkering. I learned from every person in every environment—trial and error, sometimes for days, was the way.
The first time I was 'online' on the modern Internet, or the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, would have been in 1994 with a stack of free AOL disks that give you time online—it was a walled garden, but I was online.
Within a year, Netscape and IE's browser wars were in full swing for market share. That's when to learn the option to "view source" was your friend whenever you came across a website doing something creative or unique.
It was a tedious process mainly because there were so few resources to reference online at the time. And more importantly, was the need to build one version for Netscape and one for Internet Explorer because they interpreted web standards differently—each engine rendered its own way. The wild west of web standards.
The only way to learn back then was by unpacking the work of others. There was little dynamically database-driven content at that time—primarily flat HTML files. Forms were commonly tied to a Perl script through a CGI (Common Gateway Interface). Spending hours browsing was invaluable in learning and understanding how pages are put together under the hood and what technologies were in the mix as things changed literally hour by hour, day by day. The pace of progress back then was incredible.
The typeface used throughout this website is Lexend from Dr. Bonnie Shaver-Troup's work.
I've enjoyed using the typeface, and its versatility is excellent. I've been impressed with how easily it adapts inside of a design.
This website uses the variable weight option, with paragraphs set to 300 weight and headlines to 200 weight. I've used 400 and 600, and 700, which allows much flexibility when typesetting for clarity and nuance.
I've also employed Golden Ratio Typography (GRT) to help define a scale for typefaces based on the baseline type size, content width, and typeface, which helps with reading and consuming content.
There is an excellent visual rhythm to typesetting when using GRT measurement recommendations in combination with Lexend.
I'm grateful to design this website with a robust collection of assets and resources at my fingertips. I've been more than fortunate to live in a special time in the evolution of human communications.
Background mathematic images are from the work of Benjamin Betts