New Dimensions in Type Engineering

Behdad Esfahbod

Behdad Esfahbod

Internationalization Software Engineer, Google Inc.

Behdad Esfahbod was born and grew up in Iran loving typography and computers. He studied computer engineering at Sharif University in Tehran while discovering the world of digital typography and Open Source. In 2003 he moved to Canada, studied at the University of Toronto, became a regular contributor to many open source projects, worked at Red Hat, and moved to Google in 2010.  He is best known for having developed the HarfBuzz OpenType shaping library.

At Google, Behdad leads the Font and Text Rendering team, building a fully Open Source font production pipeline in Python, advising Android, Chrome, and Google Fonts, as well as working with the rest of Open Source and industry players in advancing OpenType and digital typography.

For his contributions to HarfBuzz, Behdad was one of the recipients of the O’Reilly Open Source Awards in 2013.

When not hacking, he enjoys travel, good food, and good company.

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Dominik Röttsches

Senior Software Engineer, Google Chrome

Dominik has more than ten years of experience working on Web browsers with a special focus on fonts and text. He is part of the Chrome browser’s layout and text team at Google. Previously working for Intel, he moved the Mac version of the Chrome browser from Apple’s CoreText to using the HarfBuzz text shaping library. He also contributed further language support and typography improvements to the Chrome browser by tightening the integration between Chrome’s layout engine and HarfBuzz. Dominik holds a Master’s degree in Informatics from RWTH Aachen University in Germany.

Update on Font Variations in FontTools & Chrome

Behdad will talk about updates to the variable fonts building pipeline based on FontTools. Dominik provides an update on implementation progress of variable fonts in a development version of Chrome, including a live preview of variable fonts capabilities in the Chrome browser. He will also explain how you can start your own experiments with variable fonts in Chrome.

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