It takes a team to make a font

A session at Libre Graphics Meeting 2013

Friday 12th April, 2013

10:50am to 10:50am (WET)

The world of libre web typography is developing at a fast pace. More and more websites and blogs benefit from using opensource typefaces. Bloggers become more experienced in tailoring properties of webfonts to suit their need. Still not everybody truly understands how these typefaces are created. This talk will throw light on the process of designing type. Producing high-quality fonts requires a team of collaborators. This includes a type designer, type director, kerner, and hinter. I will share my collaborative experience that resulted in releasing 30 opensource fonts for the Google Web Fonts library, and explain how the team interactions work. My other focus will be on the co-authorship aspect of developing opensource multiscript fonts. Recently I assisted many designers in their efforts to add Cyrillic extensions to their work. My job is to ensure that the Cyrillic forms are correct, while the designers are responsible for the graphic details of their typefaces. For this purpose I launched learncyrillic.tumblr.com — an educational blog with the aim of openly spreading knowledge on the subject, and helping designers create their first Cyrillic.

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Alexei Vanyashin

Type Designer, Lecturer, Typographic Researcher bio from Twitter

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Time 10:50am10:50am WET

Date Fri 12th April 2013

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