TrueType Variations was developed at Apple Computer in the early 1990’s, during the height of the “Font Wars”, as a response to Adobe’s Multiple Master font format. This incredibly powerful format briefly flourished as a design tool, before dying in the marketplace for a host of reasons. Renewed interest by designers and software developers alike has resulted in a rebirth of sorts. This talk will discuss lessons learned, current capabilities and limitations of Variations, and will conclude with a vision for what the future of this exciting technology could bring.
Director of Studio at Monotype (Madison)
Tom Rickner’s career in type spans 3 decades. During that time he has mastered nearly every aspect of type design and font production, from his earliest days editing bitmaps, to designing some of the very first Multiple Master fonts for Adobe and TrueType GX Variations fonts for the Font Bureau…