© Gerhard Kassner / Monotype

Tobias Frere-Jones: The Mechanics of Reading

Tobias Frere-Jones has spent the last 25 years crafting letterforms, setting type and agonising over the smallest of details. He’s designed some of the most widely used typefaces of our time, including Interstate, Poynter Oldstyle, Whitney, Gotham, Surveyor, Tungsten, Retina and more recently, Mallory. With the ever-changing nature of web, he talked through renewed strategies to improve legibility for digital experiences.

© Norman Posselt / Monotype

TYPO Labs: The DTL Story – 40 Years and Counting (Update)

Ikarus is the name of a digital outline format invented in the early 70s by Peter Karow. It was one of the earliest developments to describe complex character outlines digitally. A number of foundries started digitizing their type libraries using the Ikarus technology. Doing so required a software package for producing Ikarus fonts. Those software tools are still at the core of what today are known as DTL/URW++ font tools.

© Norman Posselt / Monotype

TYPO Labs: DTL / URW++ session

During the DTL/URW++ session at the TYPO Labs conference on Wednesday 11 May 2016, Lukas Schneider gave an interesting talk on the LS Cadencer and the related LS Cadenculator (batch) fitting/auto-spacing extensions he has written in Python for Glyphs and RoboFont.

by Frank E. Blokland

TYPO Labs FontLab Phinney, Twardoch, Yarmola

TYPO Labs: World Universal Engines and Planet Fontlab

After John Hudson’s complex opening speech on The Universal Shaping Engine (USE), a new model for OpenType complex script handling, it was hands on at the FontLab VI session. A lot of “nerd speak” centered on how coordinates are floats, how to create smoothest possible connection between two curve segments and of course on new tools in the recently released update and how to use them.

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by Luc(as) de Groot, LucasFonts