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Monday, 3 May 21

09:00–10:00

Landing the Whale: Rethinking the Book for the Digital Age

For centuries, designers, typographers, typesetters, and calligraphers have refined the craft of creating great books. From typeface design and selection to typesetting finesse, paper selection, and binding, every detail has been examined, refined, and perfected. But more recently, over the span of a few short years, digital book production has largely ignored centuries of good… Continue reading Landing the Whale: Rethinking the Book for the Digital Age

10:00–11:00

Developing a Generative Typography System for Typography Education

Floral typography is a design trend that combines typography, calligraphy, and lettering with floral elements. It reinterprets floral typography using computation and is a part of the ongoing project TYPE + CODE Series, which was initiated by Yeohyun Ahn in 2005. This presentation showcases a generative typographic system designed to explore computational floral typography. It can… Continue reading Developing a Generative Typography System for Typography Education

11:00–13:00

Calibrating Type

Working on truly advanced and inclusive typography could not begin until variation technology was implemented five years ago. With the introduction of variable fonts, significant gains were made, from compression and animation to smoother weight, width, and optical size transitions. Many interesting font products have been introduced since the launch of variable fonts, but few… Continue reading Calibrating Type

12:00–13:00

A Typographic Commons: UFO and roboTools

The working files for a typeface project are the most crucial asset a designer has—these notes, sketches, trials, overlaps, and extra glyphs, etc., make it possible to pick up a project and quickly extend or modify a design years after its initial release. Roughly seventeen years ago, the Unified Font Object (UFO) format and associated… Continue reading A Typographic Commons: UFO and roboTools

13:00–02:00

Parametric Type Classification in the Context of Letter Fitting

“The topic of classification emerges in a variety of type design contexts. Historians tracing the evolution of typefaces or of individual letterforms, educators framing stylistic questions for designers, and vendors superimposing structures on vast type libraries are all classifying type, but they are performing distinct tasks. In his own research, which explores algorithmic letter fitting… Continue reading Parametric Type Classification in the Context of Letter Fitting

14:00–15:00

Make Your Variable Fonts Better

In this presentation, Adam Twardoch will demonstrate how to use FontLab 7 and several other applications to check variable font projects. All popular font editors now have some mechanisms for designing variable fonts and exporting them as variable OpenType fonts and static instances. Type developers may use FontLab or any other font editor for their… Continue reading Make Your Variable Fonts Better

15:00–16:00

The Making of Shantell Sans, a Custom Typeface for Visual Artist Shantell Martin

“Shantell Martin is a visual artist and muralist with a signature black and white style of drawing, weaving abstract linework with faces, figures, and letters. In 2020, Martin commissioned Arrow Type, an independent foundry helmed by Stephen Nixon, to create a custom font based on her handwriting. This typeface was designed with the stylistic core… Continue reading The Making of Shantell Sans, a Custom Typeface for Visual Artist Shantell Martin

16:00–17:00

Precise Text Alignment in CSS

Elika J. Etemad (fantasai) from the W3C CSS Working Group and Ethan Wang from Microsoft Design will present on upcoming CSS Inline Layout features that, with the support of OpenType font metrics, can support precise alignment of text on web pages.

17:00–18:00

Deficiencies of Handling Arabic Script in OpenType (and Some Possible Solutions)

“The introduction of OpenType font handling technology in 1996 fostered significant improvements in processing and modeling complex scripts in digital media. However, there are still deficiencies in handling the Arabic script. Major issues currently involve justification and tatweel/kashida/extension treatments, differentiating anchors of dots and marks in certain programming situations, and a variety of problems relating… Continue reading Deficiencies of Handling Arabic Script in OpenType (and Some Possible Solutions)

18:00–19:00

Advancing Color Formats in OpenType

“Multiple color font formats were introduced in OpenType almost ten years ago, but none of the formats have been widely embraced and adopted because each one has trade-offs. Bitmaps provide rich presentation capabilities but lead to large font files. OT-SVG is a vector format with rich capabilities but leads to large font files and requires… Continue reading Advancing Color Formats in OpenType

Tuesday, 4 May 21

09:00–10:00

FitFont Technology: Multi-Axis Adjustment and Combining Different Scripts

“This presentation by Yui Yoshitomi will outline the features and ongoing development of the evolving FitFont technology. FitFont was developed for multi-axis adjustment and to facilitate the combining of different scripts. Since the 2012 announcement at ATypI Hong Kong about the technology’s early development stages as Adjustable Font with seamless weight control function, Type Project… Continue reading FitFont Technology: Multi-Axis Adjustment and Combining Different Scripts

09:00–11:00

Variable Font Hinting in Microsoft Visual TrueType (VTT)

Variable fonts have been adopted by all major browsers and are fast entering the mainstream as the newest exciting advance for fonts on the web. This workshop, led by hinting expert Michael Duggan, will teach the basics of setting up and hinting variable fonts in the latest version of Microsoft Visual TrueType (VTT). Attendees will… Continue reading Variable Font Hinting in Microsoft Visual TrueType (VTT)

10:00–11:00

Variable First, Variable Everything

“How are variable fonts built? Can we build them in a better way? And is there more that we could do with variable fonts than we’re currently doing? In this presentation, Simon Cozens will first give a tour of the existing open-source font toolchain and demonstrate a new method of producing variable fonts which is… Continue reading Variable First, Variable Everything

11:00–12:00

Mass-Driver Workshop: Tools for Working With Fonts

From calligraphy materials to font editors, customizing and extending off-the-shelf tools—and creating entirely new ones—is often key to the process of type design. It’s not uncommon for type designers to have sizeable collections of scripts and self-made digital tools to assist in their workflows. In 2020, Netherlands-based type foundry Mass-Driver released two of these in-house… Continue reading Mass-Driver Workshop: Tools for Working With Fonts

12:00–15:00

Thinking Outside the Vox

A group of experts in typography, typeface design, multi-script design, printing history, and design education will explore the past, present, and (hopefully bright) future of typeface classification. The group will cast a critical eye on the history of typeface classification, the problems and limitations surrounding existing models, the importance of categorization and taxonomy to design… Continue reading Thinking Outside the Vox

15:00–16:00

Creating an Odia Font

The Odia language is spoken within the region of Eastern India, Odisha. It is associated with a writing system also called Odia. Although Odia is used by 35 million speakers/writers, the development of its fonts has been rather limited. For instance, many Odia fonts do not support Unicode nor stable OpenType features. Amélie Bonet’s presentation… Continue reading Creating an Odia Font

16:00–17:00

Generative Fonts

Luke Prowse will present on GenerativeFonts.xyz, a collection of free-to-use, free-to-modify fonts that were generated by code as well as the scripts themselves.

17:00–18:00

Delivering Fonts for New Unicode Scripts: Noto and Its Impact

Making fonts available for new Unicode scripts is of great value to minority language communities. Adding them to mobile devices is especially important, enabling the development of keyboards/input methods by vendors and third parties. Such tools encourage the use of these languages both in native communities and in the diaspora of groups like the Rohingya… Continue reading Delivering Fonts for New Unicode Scripts: Noto and Its Impact

18:00–19:00

Collection Practices for Type Designers

For designers, collecting materials for typographic examination and inspiration is a common part of the type design process. However, the act of organizing such materials provides an opportunity to discover new ways of engaging in typography by identifying patterns and avenues of opportunity the emerge from a large set of data. Drawing upon lessons learned… Continue reading Collection Practices for Type Designers

Wednesday, 5 May 21

09:00–10:00

GAN and GAN’T

With its thousands of glyphs, even in the most basic character set, the Chinese script is an ocean that very few designers are diving into, whether or not they are Chinese. Creating new Hanzi fonts takes a great deal of time and energy, keeping many talented designers from even attempting a Chinese design. The large… Continue reading GAN and GAN’T

10:00–11:00

Onboarding Process at Google Fonts

Since Google Fonts is such a heavily used libre fonts platform, the demand to include fonts there is very high. Sometimes the open-source nature of Google Fonts may give the impression that making contributions will be immediate or direct, akin to contributing to a wiki or other similar platform. However, incorporating fonts into Google Fonts… Continue reading Onboarding Process at Google Fonts

10:00–12:00

Use Your Variable Fonts Better

Variable OpenType fonts were introduced five years ago. You can buy them today or download them for free or as part of a subscription. But where can we all use them? Are you a type designer who wants to test variable fonts in end-user applications? Would you like to start offering quality assurance services to… Continue reading Use Your Variable Fonts Better

11:00–12:00

Emerging Variables in Typography for Augmented Reality

In this presentation, Niteesh Yadav will discuss the new variables and challenges emerging in augmented reality (AR). These range from past challenges like distance viewing to consuming information in a fast-paced environment. This presentation will offer a detailed overview of typography classification that Yadav created and presented during the TypeTech Meetup Munich in 2020 and… Continue reading Emerging Variables in Typography for Augmented Reality

12:00–13:00

FontCreator Goes Variable

Since FontCreator is a Windows-only application, not all font designers know it has many powerful features. In this presentation, Erwin Denissen will demonstrate how to use the OpenType Designer, along with feature code generation, proofing, and feature code compilers. Within a few weeks, FontCreator 14 will be released with support for variable fonts. This session… Continue reading FontCreator Goes Variable

13:00–14:00

On Process(es)

Naïma Ben Ayed likes to define her practice as telling stories with letters. How does that translate in terms of process? Her first step is creating and/or researching a context for type design projects. This may mean designing for a specific location, working in a thoughtful collaboration, or looking at a particular reference. In this… Continue reading On Process(es)

14:00–15:00

Some Insights on iKern

Igino Marini often talks about iKern with letter-fitting service customers. It’s easy, he says, because words are accompanied by facts: the fonts. And facts are worth more than words. These discussions, however, take place in a well-defined context. The client accepts a different way of working and is more interested in the results than in… Continue reading Some Insights on iKern

15:00–16:00

A Comparison of Incremental Font Transfer to Existing Font Loading Techniques

Incremental font transfer is an upcoming technology that will allow users to download only the parts of the fonts they need while retaining full rendering fidelity. Garret Rieger and his collaborators are aiming to have this technology shipped in browsers so it can be used across the web to make font loading faster. To realize… Continue reading A Comparison of Incremental Font Transfer to Existing Font Loading Techniques

16:00–17:00

Type.World: A Vastly Improved User Experience for Working With Fonts

The open-source Type.World font installation technology is Yanone’s first attempt at providing professional tools and services to the naturally fragmented independent type publishing world. On the surface, Type.World is an end-user app for Mac and Windows that vastly improves the user experience of installing desktop fonts, sharing them, backing them up, and receiving font updates.… Continue reading Type.World: A Vastly Improved User Experience for Working With Fonts