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

The tenderness of princes being late, part 1
The design of Central European diacritics

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.

The tenderness of princes being late, part 2
The practice of Central European diacritics

Saturday 2 October | 10:30 – 12:00
Location: A-3 (Archa Room 3)
Presentation | Theme: Typographic Babylon | Duration: 90 minutes

In this second of two sessions, the focus will be on practical ways of adding CE support to existing fonts. This will cover concepts such as composite glyphs and anchors, and provide testing strategies. It will discuss the place of OpenType in CE fonts and provide strategies for development. The goal is to enable designers to successfully, and easily, support the rich languages of Central Europe.

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