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Yuri Yarmola

Vice President R&D Fontlab Ltd. | Russia

Yuri Yarmola began dabbling with fonts in 1989, and designed the first of many font editors and utilities in 1991. He designed and led development of all versions of FontLab and FontLab Studio, as well as a number of other applications published by Fontlab Ltd. He lives and works in St Petersburg, Russia, as Vice President Research & Development of Fontlab Ltd. In 2007, Yuri received the 2nd Linotype Font Technology Award. When not working, he skis on high mountains.

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Fonts 2.0

Session 59 | Room Anahuac room 3
Friday 30 October | 12:40 – 13:00

Duration: 20 minutes

Given today’s sophistication in digital technology, it is surprising that typesetting is still done using methods that are practically a straight adaptation of the metal composition methods invented 500 years ago. Pieces of rectangular space are arranged into lines, one next to other, until the line is full. Then, those rectangles are filled with monochromatic “ink” created from simple outlines. The direction of writing changes sometimes, and we can shift some elements around to some extent — but one must agree that today’s “smart fonts” are not so smart at all. It is time to re-think things from scratch!

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