New Dimensions in Type Engineering

Adam Twardoch

Adam Twardoch

Director of Products, FontLab (Berlin)

Adam Twardoch is Director of Products of FontLab. He also works as the glyph wrangler at MyFonts, and as a font consultant specializing in font technology, multilingual typography, CSS webfonts, Unicode and OpenType. Adam has served as design consultant or co-designer on several large type design projects, including the Lato font family by Łukasz Dziedzic. He regularly teaches workshops in font creation, and is a board member of Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI). Originally from Poland, he lives and works in Berlin.

Make your fonts variable. Upgrading existing font projects to OpenType Variations

Thousands of font sources exist today which were designed in FontLab Studio, Glyphs or RoboFont with Superpolator, which makes it relatively easy for font foundries to re-release them as variable OpenType fonts. The OpenType Variations model is conceptually and technically quite similar to TrueType GX, MutatorMath and MultipleMaster, but there are some important differences in detail. In this talk, Adam will talk about those differences and will give tips on how to technically approach the conversion of font sources into variable TTFs and OTFs. He’ll discuss differences in the design space setup, caveats about glyph compatibility and feature variation, challenges regarding predefined instances and backwards-compatibility with existing static font families.

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