New Dimensions in Type Engineering

Thomas Phinney

Thomas Phinney

Typographer / Vice President @ FontLab (Portland, Oregon)

Thomas Phinney is President of FontLab. Previously he worked at Extensis (web fonts and font management tools) and Adobe (as product manager for global fonts and typography). Thomas is also a type designer, teacher, writer, and consultant on fonts and typography. He teaches type design with Crafting Type and has been a repeat guest lecturer for MA Typeface Design at the University of Reading. Since 2004 he has been a board member of ATypI, the international typography association. His typeface Hypatia Sans is an Adobe Original with over 3000 glyphs per font. Thomas lives in Portland, and in his leisure hours plays table tennis and board games.

Spacing and kerning in FontLab VI

With FontLab VI’s arrival, type designers on Mac and Windows alike have a tool at their disposal which makes the process of spacing and kerning font families much more streamlined. In his talk, Thomas will focus on FontLab VI’s Metrics Window, its uncluttered user interface that delivers a crisp spacing experience, will showcase the new mechanisms for working with class-based metrics and kerning, including linked metrics, kerning groups, optimized GPOS ‘kern’ feature generation and other gems.

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