TYPO Labs 2018

Beyond Width and Weight – Variable Fonts Tidbits from TYPO Labs

No big surprises with the main topic of this year’s TYPO Labs. Just like last year, a large chunk of the talks and workshops was dedicated to variable fonts. It’s been roughly one and a half years since the announcement of the new font format in September 2016 and things are steadily progressing. If you want to find out how far we can go with Variable Fonts today, read this most up to date summary.

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by Tilmann Hielscher

TYPO Labs 2018

Tools and shapes of shared authorship

What routines do designers need to establish to implement Variable Fonts? And how could a new model of shared authorship support creativity and knowledge exchange? Verena Gerlach, Malou Verlomme and Fred Smeijers joined forces on a panel at TYPO Labs, hosted by Gerry Leonidas. The four discussed the current state of the industry, new tools, and working methods, collectively expressing their longing for the “good old” manual processes in a fully digitized world.

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by Matthias Kliefoth

TYPO Labs 2018

Tools for Fonts: A Roundup

Glyphs, RoboFont and Fontlab annually take center stage at TYPO Labs, but there’s more to see in terms of tools than just the font editors. New or improved, finished or in progress, command line or polished interface: here’s the cast of tools at Labs, in order of appearance.

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by Tilmann Hielscher

TYPO Labs 2018

AR/VR Tidbits from TYPO Labs 2018

While at last year’s TYPO Labs Variable Fonts were introduced as the great innovation, this year another big topic was treated in several talks. The Augmented and Virtual Reality environment is becoming more notable for many programmers and designers requiring special attention when it comes to text and type.

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by Jan Vincent Dufke


TYPO Labs 2018 – This was day three

All good things come in threes: The last day of TYPO Labs has offered insights into CJK Fonts, educational perspectives and future scenarios concering the broad implementation of Variable Fonts. In this newsletter we sum up some of the highlights for you.


TYPO Labs 2018 – This was day two

TYPO Labs day two revealed that there is increased demand for tools that build bridges between professionals and across disciplines to fully unfold the potential of new Font Technologies. We’ve selected three of the day’s many highlights for you.


John Hudson

Constrained. Unconstrained. Variable.

In his keynote John Hudson, Type Designer and Co-founder of Tiro Typeworks Ltd., provided us with interesting perspectives upon the Nirmala UI project. Under the title “Constrained. Unconstrained. Variable.” He reflected upon circumstances, presenting the unique challenges of each design. Here are the most important steps on that journey.

Typo Berlin 2017 "wanderlust"

Dominic Wilcox: The Reinvention Of Normal

Perfectly normal.

Designer, artist, inventor? With his reinventions of everyday things, Dominic Wilcox changes our perspectives, and puts a smile on the faces of the TYPO 2017 audience. We sat down with him to talk about the creative potential of everyday things, explaining creativity to politicians, and what it’s like to be an introvert at a party.

by David Reitenbach and Christoph Rauscher

© Sebastian Weiß, Monotype

TYPO Stoff fürs Sommerloch

Die Ferienzeit naht. Zeit die TYPO Berlin 2016 in Ruhe Revue passieren zu lassen und Lücken zu füllen. Hardfacts: 1526 Teilnehmer kamen aus 29 Ländern zusammen. 69 Sprecher verteilten sich auf 46 Vorträge und Teilnehmer konnten sich in 9 verschiedenen Workshops ausprobieren.

Titelfoto vom Foyer: Sebastian Weiß/Monotype

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