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Automating font production processes

Jürgen Willrodt, Frank E. Blokland

TypeTech FM01 | Palace B
Thursday 18 September | 09:40 – 10:30

Theme TypeTools by DTL | Duration: 50 minutes

The very versatile and easy to edit Ikarus based file structure of DTL FontMaster, in which the glyph descriptions are cleverly kept separated from metrics and naming info, is tailored for sophisticated organizing and batching font production processes and for which reproducibility and stability are keywords. The following subjects (amongst others) will be explained in detail: Glyph databases: organizing, building, merging and enhancing. Glyph mapping: managing Character Layout files. Name tables: editing UFM and OpenType Layout features files. Metrics: metrics and kern pairs editing/generation. OpenType Layout features: editing features files and automating the features generation. Font generation: batching (with command files).

Speaker details

Jürgen Willrodt

Managing Director URW++ | Germany

Dr. Jürgen Willrodt studied Physics and Mathematics and got a PhD in theoretical particle physics in 1976. Jürgen joined URW in 1983 as a software developer. His first major development project was the porting of Ikarus from DEC to Sun Unix. He has been the main developer of the Ikarus font production sytem since 1985, developing interpolation, auto-tracing and hinting algorithms as well as special algorithms for Kanji separation. Since 1995 Jürgen is managing director at URW++ Design & Development and responsible for font production and font tools development (Ikarus, DTL FontMaster, DTL OTMaster).

Frank E. Blokland

Owner Dutch Type Library | Netherlands

Frank E. Blokland is type designer (of, amongst others, DTL Documenta and DTL Haarlemmer), Senior Lecturer ‘Letters’ at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague since 1987 and Professor at the Plantin Society in Antwerp since 1995. Frank founded the Dutch Type Library in 1990 and a couple of years later he initiated and supervised the development of DTL FontMaster, a set of professional font tools developed together with URW++. Currently he is doing a PhD study at Leiden University on the harmonics, patterns and dynamics in formal typographic representations of the Latin script.

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