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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

Family matters
Making fonts work as a family using FontLab Studio

TypeTech FL02 | Room Palace B
Wednesday 17 September | 11:00 – 11:50

Theme TypeTools by FontLab | Duration: 50 minutes

When developing a font family in OpenType format, a number of font parameters needs to be synchronized between the fonts so that applications can “see” the final product as a coherent family. We will discuss several different strategies of approaching the family and style naming and linkning inside a family. We will also discuss the importance of vertical metrics in a family, and will discuss synchronizing them across styles, and about other Font Info parameters that the designer should take care of when preparing the fonts for shipping.

Crystal clear
Optimizing font screen quality in FontLab Studio

TypeTech FL03 | Room Palace B
Wednesday 17 September | 12:00 – 12:50

Theme TypeTools by FontLab | Duration: 50 minutes

Even though screen resolutions become bigger and the font rasterizers more sophisticated, the need for optimizing font screen quality does not entirely go away. FontLab Studio 5 brings various general font screen quality parameters such as alignment zones and standard stems, which can be automatically or manually edited to achieve best results. In addition to the PostScript autohinter built into FontLab Studio 5, there is now also the new Adobe autohinter that is available as part of the AFDKO package and integrates into FLS as a macro (more native integration is planned for a future release of FLS). Finally, the manual tools for working with hinting in FLS5 are virtually unchallenged. We will explain how to combine both automatic and manual hinting to quickly achieve best results.

Setting web typography free
Using custom Photofont and OpenType fonts on the web

TypeTech FL04 | Room Palace B
Wednesday 17 September | 14:00 – 14:50

Theme TypeTools by FontLab | Duration: 50 minutes

The web does not allow us to use the countless typefaces that we use in print. We can use non-default fonts in certain elements of a website using Flash and graphics, but in the searchable text portions, only a few standard fonts such as Verdana can be used. In this session, we will combine different tools (Adobe Dreamweaver, FontLab TypeTool, Photofont WebReady, Microsoft WEFT) and techniques (linked OpenType fonts, embedded OpenType fonts, Flash font replacement using sIFR, and embedded Photofonts) to obtain web pages that use non-default fonts, work equally well in Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox and Opera, and remain valid HTML and CSS, ensuring findability and standards-compliance.

Scotch Modern backstage
OpenType case study of a pan-European text font family

TypeTech FL06 | Room Palace B
Wednesday 17 September | 16:20 – 17:10

Theme TypeTools by FontLab | Duration: 50 minutes

In this complementary session to Nick Shinn’s “Scotch Modern. Fact and fiction” main conference presentation, Adam Twardoch will share his experiences in defining the OpenType Layout features for Scotch Modern, Nick’s new pan-European text font family. Glyph naming and encoding principles used in Scotch Modern’s multilingual character set (Western, Central European, Cyrillic, monotonic and polytonic Greek plus glyph variants) will be explained, followed by recommendations which features should be included in European fonts. Finally, specific recommendations about the technical implementation of some of the most popular features will be given, taking into account recent advances made by Adobe, Microsoft and Apple.

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