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Accessing OpenType features

Former Typophile moderator Zara Vasquez-Evens has written an interesting article on Medium (https://medium.com/@CommandZed/thoughts-on-an-improved-opentype-ui-c6748...), prompted by the recent petition for a better user interface for accessing OpenType features in design software (http://ilovetypography.com/2014/10/22/better-ui-for-better-typography-ad...).

A few selected quotes:

Workplace Gothic (condensed grotesque for computer UI text)


As I mentioned in the thread for Workplace Sans, at some point I tried experimenting with a variant design that didn't look so stiff and homely. The alternate design was called "Workplace Gothic", and aimed for more of a grotesque style. A few months ago I dusted it off and started trying to rework it into something fit for the life of day.

Like Workplace Sans (with which it shares most of its basic proportions), Workplace Gothic is intended mainly for user interface text in computer software. It's not hinted beyond TypeTool's autohinting; I expect it'll typically be anti-aliased where used.

Sample PDF: http://www.altsan.org/creative/fonts/workplace/Type-Gothic.pdf

And some images for the link-shy or lazy:

Workplace Sans


As I may have mentioned elsewhere, I stumbled into type design by semi-accident and have been trying to teach myself the basics ever since. Workplace Sans is the font that got me into the whole mess. :)

Website: http://www.altsan.org/creative/fonts/workplace/index.html
Sample PDF (1.1 MB): http://www.altsan.org/creative/fonts/workplace/Type-Workplace.pdf

This warrants a rather lengthy explanation, so here goes...