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Design Library Essentials
Commented on Tuesday, 2 October 2007 - 10:17pm

The Elements of Typographic Design, Anatomy of a Typeface, Designing Type, Letters of Credit, Logo, Font & Lettering Bible, Thinking with Type. To name a few.

Book suggestions
Commented on Monday, 1 October 2007 - 12:06pm

Try Anatomy of a Typeface by...

What would you do? (body text, formats, and you)
Commented on Tuesday, 25 September 2007 - 10:03pm

As a book designer, if this is one of a series of booklets, I’m always going to keep it in the exact style of the series.

My first choice is to try adjusting the number of lines on earlier pages—first a line long for a few spreads; then a line...

Rule or Law
Commented on Saturday, 22 September 2007 - 2:37am

This is an interesting discussion to me, if slightly esoteric. I've ranted, on and off, for a few months now—not in these environs—about, for want of a better term, Tschichold to excess.

One thing I want to point out concerns the...

I hate computers
Commented on Sunday, 16 September 2007 - 10:18am

Well, essentially, I really like computers, too—all the Macintoshes I’ve had, particularly, as they’ve enabled me to make a whole slew of books. But ... at various times I’ve learned to hate and despise software, tho' not in a long time.

I once...

AskTypophile: Best practices for a dissertation?
Commented on Saturday, 15 September 2007 - 8:05pm

Welcome, Simon. I’m something of a newcomer here myself, tho’ I’ve been quickly giving the place a workout and I can tell you, hands down, that this may be very nearly the most helpful group of people I’ve ever encountered on a forum.

Okay,...

Are Most of You Skilled at Calligraphy?
Commented on Saturday, 15 September 2007 - 7:52pm

Okay, then ... maybe I asked the question incorrectly, considering what I wanted to get at. Maybe not, tho', considering some of the answers so far.

So for the physical act of making letterforms that will be imported into either FontForge or...

Are Most of You Skilled at Calligraphy?
Commented on Saturday, 15 September 2007 - 7:50am

Thanks to everyone for their input. Tim, thanks very much for those links. Informative reading. Although I can see where the discussions got a shade heated, you folks really do keep things pretty much to the matters at hand. Myself, I think I’m...

Identity and stationary - book suggestions
Commented on Friday, 14 September 2007 - 9:21pm

I blogged some on Tschichold’s Die neue Typographie, primarily here and here. I think there also may be a place or two somewhere on Typophile that I...

Helvetica
Commented on Saturday, 15 September 2007 - 6:26am

Coney Island’s pretty much closed for the season now, yes? And on top of that Astroland and a good chunk is going permanently, right? The way I hear, out east a ways, is that only the Ferris Wheel and he Cyclone will survive. As Landmarks. Oh, yeah,...

Installed FontForge on A G5 Macintosh; Want to Install AutoTrace
Commented on Wednesday, 12 September 2007 - 9:02pm

Is there anything installs like a Macintosh program, without fussing in Terminal?

Installed FontForge on A G5 Macintosh; Want to Install AutoTrace
Commented on Thursday, 13 September 2007 - 7:31pm

I opened the .png for the letter "C" in Illustrator and saved it as a .eps file. It showed up in selection box when I went to import from FontForge. But when I went to import I got a message saying it was too complex for FontForge. What gives?

Installed FontForge on A G5 Macintosh; Want to Install AutoTrace
Commented on Saturday, 15 September 2007 - 8:44am

Potrace not accepting PNG format surprised me, too, Dan. But it just wasn’t available in the format menu. Nevertheless, good old Graphic Converter—hadn’t had a need for it in ages—came through. So I’ve gotten as far as opening FontForge, importing...

Installed FontForge on A G5 Macintosh; Want to Install AutoTrace
Commented on Wednesday, 12 September 2007 - 9:56pm

Man, I don't want to be a ninny, but is there a step-by-step somewhere for what to do once the binaries are installed. God knows, I appreciate your directing me to them so I don't have to compile from sources. But this is practically a phobia of mine...

Installed FontForge on A G5 Macintosh; Want to Install AutoTrace
Commented on Thursday, 13 September 2007 - 8:09pm

I can open it with Preview. But BMP is not there to save as--only GIF, PDF, PNG, and TIFF.

Installed FontForge on A G5 Macintosh; Want to Install AutoTrace
Commented on Wednesday, 12 September 2007 - 10:46pm

Okay, I downloaded the PowerPC version, 1.7--1.8 is for the Intel chips. /usr/local/bin is on the path, along with a bunch of other stuff, when I type echo $PATH.

What is "cd to the expanded folder"? Obviously I know where the expanded folder...

Installed FontForge on A G5 Macintosh; Want to Install AutoTrace
Commented on Thursday, 13 September 2007 - 8:27pm

I tried opening again and saving in Illustrator. Saved a SVG, another format that FontForge's menu says I can choose to open. Like the EPS one I saved earlier, I got the following Error message:

Too Complex or Bad
I’m sorry this file is...

Installed FontForge on A G5 Macintosh; Want to Install AutoTrace
Commented on Thursday, 13 September 2007 - 6:15am

Okay, some progress ... maybe.

I took a shot and opened Terminal. I got the Welcome and then the name of my computer, followed by the $ prompt. There's what transpired next:

[my_computer's_name]:~ [name]$ echo $PATH
/usr/local/...

Installed FontForge on A G5 Macintosh; Want to Install AutoTrace
Commented on Thursday, 13 September 2007 - 9:17pm

Okay, that worked. I’ve imported the letterform capital C. Now how should I be able to access potrace? It's not under the X11 Applications menu, nor is it under any Edit menu—either X11’s or FontForge’s.

WHere to find potrace?

Installed FontForge on A G5 Macintosh; Want to Install AutoTrace
Commented on Thursday, 13 September 2007 - 6:21pm

Okay, clicking the X11 icon and typing:

echo $SHELL

resulted in:

/bin/bash

Then, typing:

echo $PATH

/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/X11R6/bin

What's next?

Installed FontForge on A G5 Macintosh; Want to Install AutoTrace
Commented on Thursday, 13 September 2007 - 10:31pm

It is, indeed. I didn't realize that was how you did it. Thank you so much. Now I have to start reading again, big-time, so I can do some meaningful work.

I do appreciate it. Thank you, Michel.

Installed FontForge on A G5 Macintosh; Want to Install AutoTrace
Commented on Thursday, 13 September 2007 - 6:54pm

Michel, I think I can't thank you enough. Interesting thing ... After downloading, I had two packages: potrace-1.7.darwin6.0-powerpc.pkg AND potrace-1.7.darwin6.0-powerpc.1.pkg.

I double-clicked and, therefore, installed potrace-1.7.darwin6.0-...

Installed FontForge on A G5 Macintosh; Want to Install AutoTrace
Commented on Thursday, 13 September 2007 - 6:56pm

I spoke too soon, didn't I? Isn't the idea to be able to open FontForge in X11 and also find potrace in the X11 Applications menu while FontForge is open?

Installed FontForge on A G5 Macintosh; Want to Install AutoTrace
Commented on Thursday, 13 September 2007 - 7:22pm

Damn, the tutorial I have has .png files. And FontForge doesn't seem to recognize them from the Import menu. I haven't actually started even sketching anything. Anyone have a stray bitmap of a letter they can "lend" me. I promise, I think I'm about to...

Books on type design please
Commented on Sunday, 9 September 2007 - 9:06am

I’m just starting to read Karen Cheng’s Designing Type. At first blush I was really very impressed with it. It looks wonderful. And, then, to be fair, I must admit that I realized that part of its impressiveness is because it's printed on heavy paper...