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Thursday, 27 October 22

09:00–10:00

Mom, You Sure Can Rehydrate a Pizza

One of the early milestones within the Harfbuzz project’s Boring Expansion Spec is the specification of an “avar v2” table, which defines how axes can be composed from other axes. This takes Font Bureau’s Parametric Axes system and Underware’s HOI (Higher Order Interpolation for Variable Fonts) to the next level; Crossland and Penney will demonstrate… Continue reading Mom, You Sure Can Rehydrate a Pizza

10:00–11:00

Directionality of Chinese Characters

Chinese characters have been written vertically in a top-to-bottom direction, with the columns continuing right to left, for more than three thousand years. But in modern times, this has gradually developed into a horizontal left-to-right direction due to the influence of letterpress printing and modernized language reform. Throughout the history of Chinese writing, there has… Continue reading Directionality of Chinese Characters

11:00–12:00

WordPress and Dynamic Fonts

Curious about variable fonts, and wondering how you can use them in your WordPress site? Designers from the WordPress.com Special Projects team will go over best practices for implementing custom typography in block themes that use WordPress’s native block editor, Gutenberg. Showing examples from recent projects, Allan Cole and Christy Nyiri will demonstrate ways to responsively… Continue reading WordPress and Dynamic Fonts

Type In Mixed Reality

In this session, Yoon Park will share his personal journey on Mixed Reality and experiments with holographic type in physical space using Microsoft HoloLens. This presentation includes design guidelines for type in Mixed Reality, and useful tools and resources for designers to get started in Mixed Reality/Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality.

13:00–14:00

Rusty Tools and Chains

Everyone knows that the computer language of choice for font engineering is Python. But Python is slow, and fonts are getting more complex. Simon Cozens has been working on a new set of font libraries and command line tools in a language called Rust, and they’re faster. Much faster. In this session, Cozens will talk… Continue reading Rusty Tools and Chains

14:00–15:00

Investigating the Impact of Audience Habits and Culture on Text Readability (About Arabic Text Typefaces)

Nowadays, expanded knowledge about the design of typefaces is a good thing that has increased the number of enthusiastic designers. But the ease of publishing typefaces online has led to the loss of quality filters. This observation is more evident in scripts other than Latin, such as with Arabic fonts, where the lack of extensive… Continue reading Investigating the Impact of Audience Habits and Culture on Text Readability (About Arabic Text Typefaces)

15:00–16:00

Typographic Theming in Enterprise Design Systems

In previous design system and platform projects for the states of Georgia and Rhode Island, color and layout have been the primary means of differentiation between sites—with typography being a consistent throughline that provides a stable foundation of familiarity for the citizens of those states. Presenter Jason Pamental, a principal designer at Chewy.com, says: “Creating… Continue reading Typographic Theming in Enterprise Design Systems

16:00–17:00

The Bible + CODE Series

The Bible is a collection of sacred texts or scriptures. It is a product of divine inspiration and a record of the relationship between God and Humans for Christians, Jews, and Samaritans. It has tremendously influenced literature and history in the Western world. It is one of the most influential and best-selling books of all… Continue reading The Bible + CODE Series

17:00–18:00

Enricovar: A Typeface for Mexican Mother Indigenous Languages

Enricovar is a typeface developing the character set Latin-MX from documental research seeking coverage for the more than sixty Mexican native mother indigenous languages, including those with highly complex tonal voices. The basic idea behind the Enricovar project is to pursue the preservation of cultural diversity. The project includes a GitHub repository, a mapping character… Continue reading Enricovar: A Typeface for Mexican Mother Indigenous Languages

Friday, 28 October 22

08:00–09:00

Make Your Fonts Work in…

Fonts cannot fix bugs in third-party software, but there are a few font engineering tricks that can help make your fonts work in the apps your clients care about. In this workshop, Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer will walk attendees through a possible workflow in Glyphs.

09:00–10:00

E/moji Graphy—The Essence of Kanji, Visually 

emoji. You surely associate this term with bright ­yellow smileys. Yet, emoji means picture writing, or pictogram, with the Japanese word holding two words: e 絵 for a picture, and moji 文字 for a character, a letter, or a complete writing system. kanji. You might have heard that kanji—the Japanese term for Chinese characters—is ideographic;… Continue reading E/moji Graphy—The Essence of Kanji, Visually 

10:00–11:00

Computing the Shapes: Parametric Fonts and a Hanzi AI

Designing typefaces for hanzi (Chinese characters) has long been a problem because of the script’s tremendous character set and the complicated construction of individual characters. Hence efforts to automate the designing of glyphs have been around for decades. This presentation is about why, what, and how to generate hanzi glyphs automatically. The old parametric genre… Continue reading Computing the Shapes: Parametric Fonts and a Hanzi AI

11:00–12:00

Web Typesetting for a Digital World

Content is the king in the web world, and he’s wearing typography. And actually, from 2008—with Safari’s support for TrueType files—he can wear non-system fonts. But even after fourteen years, some insights into web typography are still pretty unknown for many people working with this medium: type designers, UI designers, and web developers. This talk… Continue reading Web Typesetting for a Digital World

12:00–13:00

Polish Variable Fonts

Over the years, the OpenType specification has been improved and allows us to make advanced fonts. There are many benefits to all these new additions, like OpenType layout features, color, and support for variation, but this also makes it harder to spot problems. Many fonts contain issues; most of them are harmless, like incorrect Panose… Continue reading Polish Variable Fonts

13:00–14:00

A Balancing Act: Typography, Technologies, and Education

Typography education sits in a delicate balance between teaching historical precedent and contemporary practices while anticipating the potential futures of the discipline. Over the past twenty years, many typography curriculums have evolved to incorporate web fonts, interaction design, and animation. A new crop of prototyping tools, such as Figma, Webflow, and ReadyMag, offer more typographic… Continue reading A Balancing Act: Typography, Technologies, and Education

14:00–15:00

Beyond the Stroke

If Gerrit Noordzij was correct that the foundation of type design is in writing, then the vast majority of the typographic shapes must consist of the strokes. Noordzij has proposed an evaluation concept of typographic forms through stroke forms based on translation, expansion, and rotation. The concept is visualized in the Cubic diagram. Nonetheless, this… Continue reading Beyond the Stroke

15:00–16:00

Font Bakery: Automated Quality Assurance Checks for Fonts

Quality Assurance (QA) of fonts is an increasing requirement for type designers, foundries, and font distributors. During the QA process, everyone has their workflows to help ensure that their fonts are in good condition. But all too often, they are fragmented and run on individual font files rather than on overall projects or may ignore… Continue reading Font Bakery: Automated Quality Assurance Checks for Fonts

16:00–17:00

A Dive into Twinline Script—Exploring the Boundaries of Type

This presentation is an extension of Jamie Chang’s Type and Media thesis project, Cleft Twinline. Chang will dive deeply into his innovative Twinline script that explores the boundaries of legibility, letter construction, and forms that variable fonts can take.

17:00–18:00

What’s Up with Emoji?

Ever wondered how emoji are chosen and encoded? Curious about what people think when you send them a 🙂 vs. ❤️? In this session, we’ll talk all things emoji: the emoji selection process, the new emoji released in Unicode 15.0, research on how emoji are perceived, and more.  For an emoji to be encoded, it… Continue reading What’s Up with Emoji?

Saturday, 29 October 22

08:00–09:00

Results of an Automated Approach to Optically Scaling Letterforms

To date, optically scaled variants of typefaces have always been created by eye; indeed, there is a widespread feeling that it is impossible to fully automate this process, as there are so many seemingly unrelated guidelines that need to be followed. In this session, Siva Kalyan will present a unified, automated approach to optically scaling… Continue reading Results of an Automated Approach to Optically Scaling Letterforms

09:00–10:00

You Will Enjoy the Brand Completely Differently with the Letters

It’s not TEXT but TEXTURE! Explore a special brand design created by a typeface designer.

10:00–11:00

Proofing and Debugging Fonts with Hibizcus

Hibizcus is a suite of free and open-source font proofing and debugging tools for South Asian and South East Asian languages. Most of the languages in these regions are written in a script that belongs to the Brahmic family, in which consonant-vowel sequences are written as a unit. This differs from a complete alphabetic script… Continue reading Proofing and Debugging Fonts with Hibizcus

11:00–00:00

Intuitive Design for Variable Font Specimens

Variable fonts have rapidly been rising in popularity. So what should an ideal variable font specimen look like? Since the movable type revolution, the font catalog barely changed its appearance, not even with the transition to the virtual sphere. As variable fonts span complex design spaces, users need intuitive navigation tools to accompany them. Such… Continue reading Intuitive Design for Variable Font Specimens

12:00–13:00

Automated Kerning and Spacing: Present and Future

Discussion and exploration of existing, new, and emerging tools, techniques, problems, and solutions for automatic kerning and spacing in font engineering. Panelists include Tim Ahrens, Jérémie Hornus, Igino Marini, and Toshi Omagari.

13:00–14:00

Exploring the Limits of Variable Fonts

Michael Parson will present the work he has been conducting on his latest typeface. Koruption is the result of questions Parson had been considering about variable fonts. Rather than using this new technology to navigate with traditional features like weight, width, or slant, he wanted to explore how a regular typeface could be transformed into… Continue reading Exploring the Limits of Variable Fonts

14:00–15:00

Font Engineering: Defining a Profession

Font engineering is a specific niche of the type design industry, and the lack of accessible documentation makes it hard for other industry professionals to understand what it is and what it is for. It is also not a topic usually taught during a type design education program; therefore, students are hardly aware of that… Continue reading Font Engineering: Defining a Profession

15:00–16:00

Font Proofer: A New Chapter in Proofing Type

If you design type, you won’t want to miss Peter Nowell’s demo of Font Proofer—a powerful new tool for generating proofs. Font Proofer has an intuitive UI for creating an assortment of proof layouts, editing repetitive spacing strings, and exporting PDFs. It’s fast, highly customizable, and compatible with both Glyphs and RoboFont. While proofs are… Continue reading Font Proofer: A New Chapter in Proofing Type

15:00–16:00

Font Proofer: A New Chapter in Proofing Type

If you design type, you won’t want to miss Peter Nowell’s demo of Font Proofer—a powerful new tool for generating proofs. Font Proofer has an intuitive UI for creating an assortment of proof layouts, editing repetitive spacing strings, and exporting PDFs. It’s fast, highly customizable, and compatible with both Glyphs and RoboFont. While proofs are… Continue reading Font Proofer: A New Chapter in Proofing Type

16:00–17:00

Re: Calibrating Type

Following up on the previous year’s ATypI Tech Talks presentation, “Calibrating Type,” we explore the progress on our tooling to unfold the full potential of variable fonts that are based on parametric axes. There are two approaching angles; one is detailed typography and layout decisions by the designer, informed by tools for exploring the design… Continue reading Re: Calibrating Type

17:00–18:00

Type Classification: A New Approach

How can we teach our students to use typography if we cannot describe it correctly? What’s the point of type classification today? We need a new type classification system that is useful for everyone, whether amateurs, scholars, or professionals.  This presentation is a type classification proposal for the era of variable fonts. The project was… Continue reading Type Classification: A New Approach