Sessions at Open Source Bridge 2009 about typeface on Wednesday 17th June

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  • Please Your Pixel-Hungry Eyes With Codes That Read Better

    by Bram Pitoyo

    If we spent most of our workday staring at the Terminal window, then it’s probably worth to make the letters you see in that window more legible, and the text more readable. This session will introduce you to:

    • Readily available font alternatives you can try
    • Tips and tricks for better onscreen legibility (do you know that white-on-black type is less legible than black-on-white, or that most fonts can easily be made more readable by tweaking the line spacing? What about anti-aliasing?)
    • Tools to design pixel-based fonts and customize existing fonts (like "gbdfed":http://www.math.nmsu.edu/~mleisher/Software/gbdfed/)
    • Practical tips to drawing and completing your font character set (how should an ‘A’ look?)
    • And, if you’re feeling ambitious, tools to design your own font _from scratch_ (with tools like "FontForge":http://fontforge.sourceforge.net/

    Bring your own laptop and prepare questions you always wanted to ask (but never could) about typography and how text are displayed. You’ll get out of this session with a programming font you can call your own.

    At 1:45pm to 3:30pm, Wednesday 17th June

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