Meta Refresh 2014

On the construction of user interface on the web

Criteria for proposing sessions: You must be a practising web designer/developer, and must be able to show how your own work has advanced the state of the web in the past year. You are expected to present original work that your peers — this event’s audience — recognise as being notable enough to deserve a stage.

About Meta Refresh: Meta Refresh is a conference where Design and UI development converge. A beautiful experience on the web is a result of a deep understanding of your user and the nuances of the medium. Meta Refresh aims to be the platform where designers and UI developers exchange ideas and skills and learn from each other.

Format: This year’s edition spans four days, with two days of workshops and two days of conference. All days feature a single track.

We are accepting talks on:

  1. Front-end implementations, mainly workflow, processes, tools and automation,
  2. CSS, animation, UX, trends, and typography, and
  3. Short, crisp talks on front-end tricks.

Talks on implementation have to be about original work. While covering scalability and productivity aspects to explain implementation details, proposers must also explain who is the user and what is the context in which their product is being used. Therefore, how content and design were tailored in each specific instance.

We also invite workshop proposals on:

  1. Build systems such as Grunt
  2. CSS frameworks such as Bootstrap 3 and Foundation
  3. MVC/JS frameworks such as Angular
  4. Animations/UX

Workshops will be held on 12th and 13th February at the TERI auditorium in Domlur, Bangalore.

If you are excited about someone’s work and believe it deserves wider recognition, we recommend you contact them and ask them to submit a proposal.

Last date for submissions: 12 January 2014.
Confirmations: 15 January 2014 onwards.

There is only one speaker per session. Attendance is free for selected speakers. HasGeek will offer a grant to cover your travel to and accommodation in Bangalore from anywhere in the world for speakers delivering full sessions (30 minutes or longer). As our budget is limited, we will prefer speakers from locations closer home, but will do our best to cover for anyone exceptional. If you are able to raise support for your trip, we will count that as a speaker travel sponsorship.

Travel grants are reimbursed at the end of the conference. You are expected to make your own travel and stay arrangements. We will assist with hotel recommendations, visa letters and general advice on travel.

Commitment to open source

HasGeek believes in open source as the binding force of our community. If you are describing a codebase for developers to work with, we’d like it to be available under a permissive open source license. If your software is commercially licensed or available under a combination of commercial and restrictive open source licenses (such as the various forms of the GPL), please consider picking up a sponsorship. We recognize that there are valid reasons for commercial licensing, but ask that you support us in return for giving you an audience. Your session will be marked on the schedule as a sponsored session.

Non Accepted Proposals

If your proposal is accepted for a session > 30 minutes long, we will cover your event ticket. If your proposal is not accepted, you can buy a ticket at the same rate as was available on the day you proposed. We’ll send you a code.


For queries about proposals / submissions, write to

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Bram Pitoyo


Faster (and Coincidentally More Secure) Webfonts

Submitted Jan 6, 2014

  • See how modern webfonts got here
  • Learn how to subset, embed, compress and precache your own webfonts
  • See benchmarks of different optimization methods
  • See at least one incredibly fun (though rather impractical) hack
  • Learn why the future looks even more exciting (and not just for webfonts)


It’s 2014. As cloud-hosted webfonts becomes the preferred way to go, it’s high time we understand methods that they use to make webfonts load faster and more resistant to copying, that you can pick and choose to optimize your next project.

  • How we got here: a history of methods and formats
    • TrueDoc (PFR)
    • Embedded OpenType (EOT)
    • Vector Markup Language (VML) and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
    • Scalable Inman Flash Replacement (sIFR)
    • Web Open Font Format (WOFF)
    • System fonts on mobile devices: the incompatibility table
  • Explore current methods to secure webfonts
    • base64 embedding
    • subsetting (splitting into multiple font files, only loading the letters used)
      • Roll your own with connect-fonts
    • WOFF (zlib/gzip compression, then telling useragent to decode the file)
  • Compare the performance of each methods
    • Flash of unstyled texts (FOUT)
    • The problem of blank content, and how to prevent it:
      • Make separate CSS that only loads font file
      • Use JavaScript to precache font file
      • Hosting providers automate them for you (why load yet another copy of Open Sans if it’s been loaded by another site before?)
    • Parallel loading of smaller files
  • What’s next
    • Chromium started downloading fonts earlier (after style recalc)
    • Network Information API can prevent fonts from loading when bandwidth is low or metered

Speaker bio

At Mozilla, Bram Pitoyo is a design strategist and typographer who works at the nexus of user experience, architecture, community engagement and most other subjects.

The first iteration of this talk was presented in 2010, the point in time when webfonts was nascent, and when debates about the best way to embed fonts in a way that typefoundries would approve were still happening.



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