type design

Drag and drop Web-font testing page (Including OT features)

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The Font Testing Page is a tool primarily intended for type designers and independent foundries. It can also be used by art directors, graphic designers, teachers and students interested in seeing how a typeface works on the web.

There is a short video at:
https://vimeo.com/40296571

Operation is simple:
- First, you must accept the request from the browser.
- Then drag the font you want to try to the upper area of the Testing Page.

Below you will find 8 buttons: Headlines, Text, Lowercase Only, Adhesion Only, Caps, All Caps, Layout and Kern.
- Headlines: Displays examples: 72, 60, 48, 36 and 30 to 12.
- Text: Displays text blocks, from 20 to 10.
- Lowercase only: Displays examples of 72, 60, 48, 36, 30, 24, 18 and 16 to 10.

Australian Type Foundry

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Australian Type Foundry [ATF] began in 2001 as a commercial outlet for the fonts of designer Wayne Thompson.

Today, Australian Type Foundry retails almost 100 original typefaces through online outlets around the world, and continues to design and market new type designs. ATF is best known for two sans-serif Opentype families, Halvorsen and ArumSans. ATF also produces custom designs and typeface modifications for a large range of advertising clients.

ATF has twice entered the New York Type Directors Club Type Design competition, winning neither time.

www.atf.com.au

Type Foundry Summer Internship Opportunities?

Hello Everybody, I was hoping to get some help and maybe get pointed in some good directions as I start applying for internships for the summer. I'm currently a Junior at Iowa State University for Graphic Design and I've spent a large amount of my time researching and applying for internships at a variety of firms. However, considering my passion for typography and my interest in type design I'm keeping an eye out for any internship openings at type foundries in the US. I know some of the larger ones and have either made contact with (or am in the process of contacting): Hoefler & Frere-Jones, House Industries, Emigre, T.26, and The Chank Company.

Letter.2 type design competition

I would like to inform you that the Rules of the Letter.2 type design competition are now available on the website www.letter2.org

Regards,

José Scaglione

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More information about Letter.2:

Letter.2 is the second international competition of type design organized by the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI). The first event of this kind since the founding of ATypI took place in 2001, and it was a contribution to the United Nations Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations. The winning entries were exhibited at the United Nations Headquarters in New York (USA) and they were featured in the book Language Culture Type.

Originality in Typeface design

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How much of originality is there in type design?
Many typefaces are either revivals or are inspired by one or more predecessors.
Are there any original typefaces at all?

Your opinions and observations would be helpful to me for a paper I am writing.
Any link to nay previous thread would also be of help.

Thanks in advance.

An evening with Michael Doret

Hi type lovers,

The Graphic Artists Guild will be hosting an evening with Michael Doret (type designer, lettering artist, and print-designer extraordinaire) on Saturday night, October 23rd. We would love to have some hardcore typophiles attend if you're available.

Details available at http://losangeles.gag.org
and here's the event page on Facebook.

Anybody think they can come?

Hope to see you there,
Josh Korwin

Fontographer question: file name

Hi all,
this is a question I will be happy to delete once I know the answer.

I am in Fontographer and saving my .fog file with the name of the font I want, lets call it "font.fog" for now (I don't have a name for the font anyway).

I "generate font files" to an .otf file and it comes out as "Untitled Regular".
everywhere I save the file beforehand, it has a name. how do I tell it what weight+name this file should be as an .otf?

Thanks!

new font I am working on....

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Hello everyone,
I've been working on a font for a while and I want to take it into a development program to become functional.
However, I want the shapes to be as refined as possible before offering it to the world.

Please be critical, I am taking all comments into consideration.

If you'd like a closer view of a letter or letters please ask and I can attach additional files for critiquing.

Thank you

Fontlab error [FATAL] stack underflow

Hi typographers!

I can't generate a Opentype PS in fontlab:

[FATAL] stack underflow
ERROR: There was a problem while compiling OpenType font. Final .otf font is not saved. Please, check OpenType features definition for errors.

OTdefinition errors are ok, I try to delete all OT features and can't do.

Any suggest?

Thanks
Jordi
www.tipografies.com

New typeface design program at Cooper Union

Cooper Union's new typeface design program, organized in conjunction with the Type Directors Club was just recently announced. It is currently a certificate program offered through Cooper's continuing education department. The new website has all the info on curriculum, faculty bios, and application details:
http://coopertype.org/

While there have been many type design workshops and classes offered in North America before, this is the first program of its kind to take place on the continent. Having moved to New York not too long ago myself, I must say I can't think of a better city to hold such a program in – if for nothing else than to have access to such a vast pool of talented type folks living in the area.

Furthermore, Cooper Union and the Type Directors Club couldn't be much better organizations to have involved. Among other things, Cooper has made typography a priority with their Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography, and the TDC's annual typeface awards are among the most notable in the industry. Plus it goes without saying that both have long typographic histories that include some of the greats of American type, lettering, and design.

The course list and roster of people involved for the first term alone is quite impressive (not to mention surprisingly diverse), and I'm sure the second and third terms will be just as good. More information will be posted on the site as it becomes available.

I apologize for shamelessly tooting the horn of a project I'm obviously involved with, but I'm really excited about it and thought some of you might be as well. As always, I'm appreciative of any feedback – critical or otherwise – and am happy to answer any questions.

Type design process

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I am trying to find a book about type design focusing on the process of designing a font. That is, since the catalyst or the idea, to the first primitive sketches, through the processes of adjusting and choosing the best forms for specific letters, designing alternates, etc. I am more interested in understanding how type designers "think" than the results they achieve.

Can any one point me in some direction?
After a quick search, I couldn't find any reference to such a book in Typophile.

Thank you!

(Thanks for the replies on the original thread, opened in the wrong forum, specially about this beauty. Hoping to get some more suggestions, still!)

The processes of type design

I've been eager to join this forum. This has been a really helpful source of information for the last years.

I am trying to find a book about type design focusing on the process of designing a font. That is, since the catalyst or the idea, to the first primitive sketches, through the processes of adjusting and choosing the best forms for specific letters, designing alternates, etc. I am more interested in understanding how type designers "think" than the results they achieve.

Can any one point me in some direction?
After a quick search, I couldn't find any reference to such a book in Typophile. If this is a repost, I apologise.

Thank you!

Building new weights of typeface

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Hi. I have created a typeface that has been pretty well-received, and I would now like to create more weights of the typeface, as their seems to be a lot of interest in the new weights. However, I can't figure out a good strategy for moving forward.

The process that I followed for the original weight was not very economical and I'm sure it was not the best approach. I designed the typeface in Illustrator, and used the relatively cheap typeface software TypeTool to create the actual typeface. The face is meant to look a little quirky, but I took a pretty geometrical approach to building it -- I know the exact rounding of each corner, and width of each character and line (with exceptions made for aesthetics, of course).

Need reviews from you: Wastra Typeface

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Hi everybody, this is my first thread here in Typophile forum, and Sorry if my English is not good... ;)

So here's the story: Maybe about last year, I've done a type design for my senior project. Actually it is not a type-designing but maybe it's more like a modification. I modified Myriad into a display font named Wastra. Personally, I like what I've done so far. But when I did a presentation to the lecturers, their reaction was unexpected_they were kind of humiliate my work. Well, since that time I become not so confident anymore in designing a typeface. But year passed, now I encourage myself to share my work widely, so I could hear more comments on the work.

Here are the details about my work:

Dead Designers, Typographers & Foundry's

When can I copy and sell an expired Typographer's or a current Foundry's type collection if it goes out of business? I am actually being serious when I ask this with sarcasm infused.

I have noticed that roughly in the last 10 years that with the evolution of the internet and software programs, that so many past font specimens have been converted into "updated" versions of typefaces. I realize from previous threads and the comments provided that this takes skill and is really some sort of talent to pull off effectively. That is nice.