New Dimensions in Type Engineering

Tom Rickner

Tom Rickner

Director of Studio at Monotype (Madison)

Tom Rickner’s career in type spans 3 decades. During that time he has mastered nearly every aspect of type design and font production, from his earliest days editing bitmaps, to designing some of the very first Multiple Master fonts for Adobe and TrueType GX Variations fonts for the Font Bureau and Apple. Although he is likely most well known for his hinting of Matthew Carter’s Georgia, Verdana, Tahoma and Nina typefaces for Microsoft, Tom’s real expertise is found at the intersection of design, tools and technology related to fonts. He is currently the Director of the Monotype Studio, which designs custom type for a diverse range of clients, as well as for the renowned Monotype library. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, the only city in the world built on an isthmus, and also home of the famed Wienermobile.


Bob Taylor

Director of Font Technologies at Monotype (Woburn, US)

Bob Taylor is currently Director of Font Technologies at Monotype where he has been for the last 10 years. During that time his team has been involved in developing software to render fonts and implement OpenType layout for a multitude of consumer electronic devices as well as developing tools and technologies to enhance Monotype’s font production processes. He has been a software engineer for about 35 years, involved mainly with image processing and graphics. Bob shares the industry’s excitement about variable fonts and is looking forward to seeing how the technology can radically change how fonts are made and used in new and creative ways.

Creating Variable Fonts from Legacy Families

The dream was to create a tool where you could insert nearly any font family and have a variable font pop out the other end, with virtually no work involved. The reality is not so simple. This talk describes a number of considerations involved in assessing font families for suitability, preparing them for conversion, making the outlines point compatible, and then actually producing high-quality variable fonts that meet the OpenType 1.8.1 standard.

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