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The tenderness of princes being late, part 1

The design of Central European diacritics

J. Victor Gaultney, Adam Twardoch

Friday 1 October | 16:15 – 17:00
Location: A-2 (Archa Hall 2)

Presentation | Theme: Typographic Babylon | Duration: 45 minutes

The visual, typographic impact of the languages of Central Europe is striking. It has a dynamic, savoury feel – due in part to the many diacritics that pepper the page. This presentation will focus on practical principles of design for these shapes and the letters that carry them. It will include specific information on what characters are needed, and present strategies and techniques for their design, including spacing and kerning. Additional topics will be presented in Part 2.

Speaker details

J. Victor Gaultney Senior Type Designer SIL International | United Kingdom

Victor Gaultney found his way to type through dance, mathematics, music and calligraphy. He has been a type designer at SIL International since 1991, and focuses on developing fonts for minority language groups around the world. He holds an MA from the University of Reading and has been a winner in two international typeface design competitions.

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”.

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