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Typeface Design Wiki

Indices : Wikis : typefacedesign.org

The wiki of the MA Typeface Design programme at the University of Reading is an open, collaborative site which contains information about the MA program at Reading.

http://wiki.typefacedesign.org

FFIL

Indices : Type Technologies : FFIL

The FFIL file is what is traditionally know as a Mac font suitcase. In OS 9 and before it generally had a suitcase icon. In the case of a Postscript Type 1 font, there needs to be a LWFN paired with it; this is the Postscript Type 1 Outline.

Another common situation is that the font is a traditional Mac TrueType font. It has the outlines contained in the same file as the Suitcase. There is no obvious way to tell using only the Finder. It does not need to have a .dfont or .ttf extension, and does indeed store critical data in the resource fork. If you add the font to a font manager, you should be able to determine quickly that it is TT.

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Eduardo Manso

Indices : Designers : Eduardo Manso

primetype

Indices : Foundries : primetype

From 1995-99 Ole Schäfer worked at MetaDesign as type designer and type director for Audi, Volkswagen, Boehringer Ingelheim, Düsseldorf Airport, Sächsische Zeitung, Berlin's public transport company BVG and others. His typeface for the City of Glasgow's festival of architecture made him known outside Germany. He was also involved in the extension of FontFont bestsellers FF Meta and FF Info as well as the new weights of ITC Officina.

Schäfer now works as an independent type designer and teacher for type design and typography in Berlin. He launched his own foundry, primetype, in 2003 with new typefaces by himself and other designers.

Andrea Tinnes

Indices : Designers : Andrea Tinnes

Andrea Tinnes is a type and graphic designer based in Berlin, Germany. Her design practice is focused on client-based as well as self-initiated projects. Through her own label, typecuts, she publishes as well as promotes all her type designs. In addition to her design practice Andrea works as Adjunct Professor at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts in Norway where she teaches courses in type and typography.

Designed PTL Skopex for primetype.

External Links
typecuts (Personal Label)

University of Illinois at Chicago

The School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago is an art school that teaches discipline in Graphic Design. It has a strong focus on the International Style of typography.

Students are trained to compose works without the use of computers. They must print out type in various sizes and set it, not unlike photographic typesetting. After they are satisfied with the work, the reproduce it on the Max OS X platform to be archived and printed for display.

Hubert Jocham

Indices : Designers : Hubert Jocham

Jocham began his type design career with several releases for Elsner+Flake, but is now more well known for his custom typefaces for mainstream magazines, such as Details.

External Links
Personal Site
Hubert Jocham at FontShop

Type-O-Tones

Indices : Foundries : Type-Ø-Tones

External Links
Official Site
Type-Ø-Tones at FontShop

Alan Greene

Indices : Designers : Alan Greene

Formerly: Alan Dague Greene

External Links
Interview with Font about FF Atma
Alan Greene at FontShop

Xavier Dupre

Indices : Designers : Xavier Dupré

External Links
Xavier Dupré at FontShop

Laura Meseguer

Indices : Designers : Laura Meseguer

Designer of the Rumba type family and several fonts for Type-Ø-Tones.

External Links
Personal Site

Autodidakt

Indices : Foundries : Autodidakt

Autodidakt is the type design studio in Stockholm, Sweden, run by Göran Söderström.

Commercial fonts:
The Satura Suite (2010), released by Fountain.
Meadow Condensed (2010), released by Fountain.
Heroine (2009), released by Fountain.
Meadow (2009), released by Fountain.
Flieger (2008), released by Fountain.

Type Rendering Tools

Indices : Tools : Type Rendering Tools

FreeType [broken link]
GlyphGate
imagettftext
LetterSetter
Type Test [broken link]

Discussion:
Type Tester Tool

Albert Pinggera

Indices : Designers : Albert Pinggera

Albert Pinggera comes from Southern Tyrol, the German-speaking region in northern Italy. Realizing that the letters interested him more than the medium, he apprenticed to the typesetting and graphic design department of a newspaper in Bolzano. In 1993 he went to Munich where he worked with Gert Wiescher, and a year later he moved on to MetaDesign in Berlin to assist Luc(as) de Groot in the type department. In 1995 Albert moved to The Hague for the postgraduate course in type design and typography at the Royal Academy of Art. After graduating cum laude in 1997 he returned to Italy, to the mountain town of St. Leonhard in Passeier, and founded the company design.buero. Clients range from local institutions to multinationals and the work is varied: custom typeface design, concept/design/production of complex book projects, designing exhibit spaces and signage systems, corporate identities, etc. From 1998–2002 Albert Pinggera taught and gave seminars on type and typography in Bolzano. In 2003 Albert Pinggera’s FF Strada was a winning entry of TDC2 2003, the Type Directors Club's annual type design competition.

FF Strada

Indices : Typefaces : FF Strada

Albert Pinggera, 2002

FF Strada was originally designed for forms in a thesis project. It is very legible in small sizes and offers an alternative alphabet for a second language which is invaluable in bilingual forms. This is also why the italic has its own strong character. The typeface has been developed, applied and adjusted over a period of 5 years, and the result is three sub-families: Text, Small Caps and Condensed. Possible future extensions are Compressed and Mono/Correspondence fonts. The faces have OSF and TF figures which enables the user to apply the fonts in complex projects, corporate design solutions or orientation systems. The Italic has a clear contrast to the Roman but corresponds in form and character. The letters have little contrast and ascenders and descenders are quite short, thus it works well in small sizes with small line spacing. In large sizes the harmonic details of FF Strada are clearly visible and can give a product a special identity.

Tittle

Indices : Terminology : Tittle

A tittle is the dot on the i or j.

Discussion:
What's That Dot?

Building Letters

Indices : Publications : The Building Letters Project

The project Building Letters was launched in 2003 by Jim Richardson. The profits from the sales of 36-page magazine on African design were donated to the support of two African orphanages for children with AIDS. The success of the project was boosted by the CD with free fonts created, amongst others, by Max Kisman or David Carson. Second issue was dedicated to India, and the profits went to the aid of Indian children and of children from a Ugandan orphanage. Again, the issue contained a CD with fonts designed by Donald Beekman, Bruno Maag, Rian Hughes and others. Jim begun working on the third issue shortly after the deadly tsunami in 2004 on the impulse of Rathna Ramanathan from the University of Reading, who was at Sri Lanka when the tsunami came.

Myriad

Indices : Typefaces : Myriad

A humanist sans serif design that was the product of the collaboration between Robert Slimbach and Carol Twomblywith Fred Brady & Christopher Slye. Myriad was orignally released in 1992.
A prominent use of this typeface is by Apple (it is actually Myriad Pro Semibold).


A comparison of the principal differing characters in Myriad and Frutiger*.
* This is actually Bitstream's Humanist 777, which is based directly on the Frutiger typeface.

Discussion:
Adrian Frutiger on Myriad

Additional Articles:

Gentium

Indices : Typefaces : Gentium

Gentium is a project of SIL with the self described purpose "to build a free multilingual font to bring better typography to thousands of languages around the globe."

More samples: http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=Gentium

Bak Magazine

The School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago is an art school that teaches discipline in Graphic Design. It has a strong focus on the International Style of typography.

Students are trained to compose works without the use of computers. They must print out type in various sizes and set it, not unlike photographic typesetting. After they are satisfied with the work, the reproduce it on the Max OS X platform to be archived and printed for display.

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