John Hudson

The Brill Types

TYPO Berlin 2014 ROOTS | Friday, 16 May | 8:00 pm | Show | English

Focusing on the development of custom fonts for the 330-year-old Dutch scholarly publishing house Brill, John Hudson looks at how design decisions proceed from a technical brief and a detailed analysis of the client’s needs. In particular, he shows how such analysis encourages the questioning of past practices and promotes innovation. The result, a family of four fonts each containing more than 5000 glyphs, combines neoclassical conventions, historical re-imagining, and radical technical solutions.


John Hudson

Type Designer & Co-founder of Tiro Typeworks Ltd. (Gabriola BC)

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,…

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