Nicole Dotin is a typeface designer and partner at the Process Type Foundry, an independent type design studio based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She holds an MFA in visual studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MA in typeface design from the University of Reading. While at Reading, Nicole began designing a serif typeface called Elena released in late 2011. When not designing typefaces, she uses her love of logic and problem-solving to find more efficient ways to produce the Process library of fonts.
What you can do by hand in minutes or hours, a computer can do in seconds. Using the command line, you’ll learn how to handle repetitive or intricate tasks by writing bash shell scripts. I’ll demonstrate some that I use in my own work focusing on the post-processing of fonts — generating webfonts, creating webfont specimens, and packaging fonts. By applying the concepts introduced in my examples, you’ll be able to create scripts that fit your own needs. If you’re not already, you’ll walk away more comfortable in the command-line environment and better able to use pre-existing tools like fontTools or Adobe’s FDK.