John Hudson designs typefaces and makes fonts. As co-founder of Tiro Typeworks Ltd., a digital foundry specialising in custom font solutions for multilingual publishing and computing, he has been responsible for or has collaborated on type designs for Arabic, Bengali, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Ethiopic, Greek, Gurmukhi, Hebrew, Latin, Odia, Sinhala, Telugu, Thai, and other scripts. Tiro’s clients include software companies such as Adobe and Microsoft, and scholarly publishers such as Brill and Harvard University Press, and the STIpub consortium of scientific publishers.
The history of typography is the history of the adaptation of design to technological circumstances. When those circumstances are changing rapidly, a single typeface design may need to adapt in several new ways within a short period of time. Coming after a long period of effective technological stasis, variable font technology presents a challenge to designs that were not created with such circumstances in mind, or that were made for different circumstances with their own challenges. John Hudson presents three iterations of a single, complex script typeface adapted to three different circumstances, considering both specific details of the design and general points about process and tools.