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Dirk Weber is a designer and frontend developer with a passion for everything related to type on the web. He has worked for clients like Nokia, Roche and Deutsche Telekom. He's either trying to avoid breaking the web while playing with some new web technology he didn't fully understand or on his way to become the greatest barrista on the planet. He occasionally blogs on eleqtriq.com.
After almost 20 years of evolution, today's web typography, with its high-density displays and support for OpenType features, is just a step away from the typographic quality of the offline world. But there's still one field of graphic design where we still constantly fall back to bitmap replacements instead of using native text: display typography, the art of staging letters in illustrative, gorgeous, dramatic, playful, experimental or unexpected ways.
Sure, we're able choose from thousands of web fonts and use CSS effects for type, some with wide browser support (like drop-shadows and 3D transforms) and others that are more experimental (like background-clip and text-stroke), but that's basically it. If we want really outstanding display typography on our websites, we'll usually embed it as an image.