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Speaker details

Adam Twardoch

Product and marketing manager Fontlab Ltd. | Germany

Based in Berlin, Adam Twardoch is working in the field of font technology, multilingual typography, CSS webfonts, Unicode and OpenType. He serves as product and marketing manager at Fontlab Ltd. He also works as a typographic consultant to MyFonts and other clients worldwide. He is member of the ATypI Board and was involved in the organization of four ATypI conferences. Adam has been teaching workshops in font creation in the UK, USA, Germany, Russia and his native Poland. In 2007, he edited the Polish edition of Robert Bringhurst’s book “The Elements of Typographic Style”.

Presentation details

Type Design 101 - Learning the Basics
(English)

Workshop 53 | Room Anahuac room 2
Friday 30 October | 10:00 – 13:00

Duration: 180 minutes

This all-day workshop will provide an introduction to the mechanics of type design. It assumes some basic familiarity with fonts and some experience in using drawing tools to manipulate Bezier curves. During the course each student will design a small simple font. At the end of the workshop participants will receive a Karen Cheng type design poster. The workshop is presented in four modules: Introduction, Drawing, Metrics, and Preflight. In the introduction we will delve into the structure and function of digital type; see what actually constitutes a font; and learn how to prepare for type design. The second module gets right into the nitty-gritty of glyph drawing. The student will learn about the special tools involved in glyph drawing and will draw and refine some glyphs. By the end of the session they will create a draft font. In the Metrics module the students will learn about proper spacing of characters. We’ll discuss manual and automatic ways to do metrics and kerning and perform them on the draft fonts. The final, Preflight, module will be devoted to conversion of a set of glyphs into a finished font. We will review font formats, encodings, font naming, styles and other font header information. The student will apply these concepts to their draft font and generate a final, usable version.

Organizing the family madness

Session 58 | Room Anahuac room 3
Friday 30 October | 11:40 – 12:20

Duration: 40 minutes

Typefaces live in clans and families. Some of them have dozens of fonts, each of them containing hundreds of glyphs, mystically connected to your keyboard through the magic of Unicode and OpenType. It is easy for a user to get lost in this complex web of relationships. Black, bold, medium, regular, light, condensed, narrow, extended, positive, negative, caption, text, subhead, display, Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, punctuation, small cap, ordinal, fraction, swash, alternate. Adam Twardoch will attempt to explain these relationships, show some complex font families and show how the upcoming versions of FontLab products will try to organize and simplify this family madness.

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!

Type Design 101 - Learning the Basics
CONTINUED

Workshop 53 | Room Anahuac room 2
Friday 30 October | 15:00 – 18:00

Duration: 180 minutes

This all-day workshop will provide an introduction to the mechanics of type design. It assumes some basic familiarity with fonts and some experience in using drawing tools to manipulate Bezier curves. During the course each student will design a small simple font. At the end of the workshop participants will receive a Karen Cheng type design poster. The workshop is presented in four modules: Introduction, Drawing, Metrics, and Preflight. In the introduction we will delve into the structure and function of digital type; see what actually constitutes a font; and learn how to prepare for type design. The second module gets right into the nitty-gritty of glyph drawing. The student will learn about the special tools involved in glyph drawing and will draw and refine some glyphs. By the end of the session they will create a draft font. In the Metrics module the students will learn about proper spacing of characters. We’ll discuss manual and automatic ways to do metrics and kerning and perform them on the draft fonts. The final, Preflight, module will be devoted to conversion of a set of glyphs into a finished font. We will review font formats, encodings, font naming, styles and other font header information. The student will apply these concepts to their draft font and generate a final, usable version.

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