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Tim Ahrens

Just Another Foundry | United Kingdom

Type designer and architect Tim Ahrens runs the London-based studio Just Another Foundry. He is the creator of the Font Remix Tools and does research and writing about type related matters

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Font Remix Tools

TypeTech TT10 | Room Palace A
Thursday 18 September | 14:00 – 14:50

Theme TypeTech by ATypI | Duration: 50 minutes

This presentation demonstrates the Font Remix Tools, a set of macros for FontLab Studio that allows to automate parts of the design process. Unlike most other macros, they do not require any programming skills to use – their user interface is designed to provide the automation of automation. Using examples, the functionality of Tools is explained and tips are given on how to set up an efficient workflow.

Optical sizes

Session A15 | Room Palace A
Sunday 21 September | 10:40 – 11:30

Theme Methods | Duration: 50 minutes

In which way exactly should I adjust the letters when designing optical sizes? This talk discusses size-specific adjustments of fonts from a type designer’s point of view. Historical, technical and perceptual background will be given as well as specific and differentiated advice on how to treat the various aspects of a design that can be modified. The material presented is based on MA course work at the University of Reading, which included the analysis of metal and digital fonts, and interviews with some of the most prominent contemporary designers. This research revealed some contrasting views and approaches, and unexpected solutions.

Download StPetersburg_Ahrens_OpticalSizes_paper.pdf

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