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Ted Harrison

Ted Harrison is a co-founder of FontLab, and former President. He retired from most daily management activities in October 2015.

Thomas Phinney Joins FontLab

Type Industry Veteran to take on VP job

Port Angeles, WA, May 1, 2014 — FontLab announced today that Thomas Phinney has joined the company as its Vice President. Mr. Phinney brings more than 15 years of experience in digital fonts, type design, product management and working with type designers to FontLab, where he will initially assume responsibility for customer relationships, evangelism and distribution for the company, as well as advising on product development and processes.

Phinney spent his last five years at Extensis as Senior Product Manager for Fonts and Typography, dealing with web fonts and font management solutions. Prior to that, he was at Adobe Systems from 1997 to 2008, ultimately as Product Manager for Fonts & Global Typography, where his work included evangelizing best practices for font creation and coordinating and evangelizing the OpenType font format standard. He is involved in the technical, design, historical, forensic and business aspects of fonts.

Phinney is also a board member of ATypI, the International Typography Association, a frequent speaker at font and typography conferences, and a regular contributor on fonts and typography to Communication Arts magazine. He has an MBA from UC Berkeley, and an MS in Graphic Arts Publishing, specializing in Design & Typography, from RIT.

Thomas will be an invaluable addition to our team.” said Ted Harrison, President of FontLab. “His wide experience, extensive connections, effective management style, and depth of knowledge made him the best candidate for this job. We’re very happy to welcome him to Fontlab.”

About FontLab

For over 20 years, Fontlab Ltd., doing business as FontLab, has stayed at the forefront of digital font software by remaining devoted to developing advanced font editors and digital type products. Their full line of products is dedicated to solving the most complex digital type issues. These products include: BitFonter, FogLamp, FontLab Studio, Fontographer, ScanFont, TypeTool, TransType, FontFlasher, FONmaker, SigMaker and CompoCompiler. More information on all FontLab products can be seen at www​.fontlab​.com.

Brush Romans Webinar

with John Downer & Paul Herrera
March 11, 2014 11:00 CST

The majuscules of Imperial Rome have obviously survived the test of time. In ancient times, the structures of capital letters followed a formula. That formula will be introduced by means of a demonstration, using a flat brush. The flat brush is believed to have been the tool used by Romans for writing on vertical surfaces. By seeing what kinds of marks the flat brush can make, observers will get a better idea of how capital letters acquired their shapes.

Questions which will be answered:

1.  Can brush lettering be done without using a drafting table?
2.  How long will it take me to learn brush lettering well enough to make money at it?
3.  Have any of your former students become famous or successful?
4.  Where do you get your brushes and materials?
5.  Is it possible to run a profitable lettering business from home?

John Downer has been a journeyman sign painter for more than 40 years. He branched into the field of type design 30 years ago, and learned to use a Macintosh about 20 years after starting in the sign trade. His expertise in creating and critiquing letterforms is highly regarded. In addition, his best‐known typefaces — Brothers, Roxy, Iowan Old Style and Vendetta — all have distinct structural elements which come directly from his knowledge  and practice of professional hand lettering.

Paul Herrera’s calligraphy and lettering training was done exclusively with Reverend E. M. Catich. Beginning as an undergraduate in 1967 and after a short interruption of military service, Paul worked as inscription cutter and calligraphy seminar assistant with Father Catich until the time of his death in 1979. At that point Paul was invited to teach Father Catich’s classes at St. Ambrose and would continue to do so until 1989. During that time Paul also served as a faculty member of five international calligraphy conventions. They include; “The Calligraphy Connection” held at St. John’s University in Minnesota 1981 and 1984, “The California Experience” held at Scripps College in Claremont, California 1985, “Innovations” held at Stevens Institute in Hoboken, New Jersey 1986, and “Calligraphy Northwest” held at the University of Portland, Oregon in 1987.

During his forty year career Paul has conducted numerous lettering seminars for calligraphy organizations throughout the Midwest and Canada. He continued inscription work for Wichita State University and an architectural firm in Chicago as well as individual clients. Additionally, he was watercolor and calligraphy instructor at the former Davenport Municipal Art Gallery from 19731984. He retired from civil service in January of 2009 and now works full time in his studio and offers workshops in calligraphy.

To join us for this interesting webinar please register here.

SRO at TypoDay 2014

Typography Day 2014 was so popular that the organizers had to cut off registration when they reached 600. The venue, Symbiosis Institute of Design in Pune, India, just couldn’t accommodate any more people than that. And the popularity was quite justified too, as we just finished three great days of workshops and presentations which were packed with type aficionados from all over India and the world.
Fontlab did a “Type Design 101” workshop on the first day of the conference (as we have done at previous TypoDays) which was also sold out. On Sunday we presented our paper on research into the unique aspects of Indic type design and today (Monday) we’re kicking off a three day workshop on Advanced FontLab Studio.
AurobindPatelAward
The highlight of the final day of the conference was the Lifetime Achievement Award given to Aurobind Patel.

Matthew Carter Interview Webinar

Matthew Carter is arguably the foremost living type designer of our time. He has an extensive background in typography, working with some of the great designers in our field. Matthew has been part of the transformation of the industry since the days of metal type.

He has worked for many foundries, including Linotype, and was the founder of the Bitstream font foundry. He has designed many of the fonts that we use every day, including Bell Centennial used in our phone books. He is the creator of Verdana, Snell Roundhand, and Carter Sans as well as many adaptations of fonts such as Galliard, Bodoni, etc.

Matthew will be doing an interview and answering questions during this webinar. But we are limited to 200 attendees — so register ASAP! If you don’t make it into the webinar there will be an online recording you can register for later.

Here is the link to register for the free February 25th, 11:00 am CST webinar:

Click here to register for the webinar on anymeeting​.com

Dave Bergsland Gets a Virtual Standing Ovation!

Jimmy (Der Fontmeister) raves:

Yesterday morning we had a spectacular webinar with David Bergsland (Author of Practical Font Design – link: http://​www​.fontlab​.com/​t​y​p​o​g​r​a​p​h​i​c​-​r​e​s​o​u​r​c​e​s​/​f​o​n​t​-​t​y​p​o​g​r​a​p​h​y​-​b​o​o​ks/)

I gotta say, after many years of handling font tech questions, I’ve never seen anything like what Dave does. I am grateful to the many genius designers I’ve learned from but nobody has ever blown my mind like this guy did.

He nonchalantly shared some tips about using the font blue zones and font mask to overlay his parts library on top of the glyphs as he develops them. Suddenly, problems stand out like a sore thumb! Hinting and optical illusion issues are avoided, etc. etc. I COULD go on –suffice it to say the audience gave him a standing ovation via the chat window!!!

This is a MUST SEE… In case you missed it here’s the registration link to watch the recorded version:
https://​www​.anymeeting​.com/​A​c​c​o​u​n​t​M​a​n​a​g​e​r​/​R​e​g​E​v​.​a​s​p​x​?​P​I​I​D​=​E​959​D​B​85804​D31

If you’ve already registered you can view the recording at:
http://​www​.anymeeting​.com/​h​f​o​i​c​/​E​F​50​D​6888046

Cyber Monday TypeTool Sale!

In our first cyber Monday sale ever Fontlab is going to cut the price of TypeTool, our basic font editor, by half. Now’s your chance to get a great holiday present for budding type designers — kids, friends, family, etc.- (or for yourself) at the lowest cost ever. For just US$47.99 you’ll get the full Macintosh or Windows version of the font editor used by hundreds of colleges and universities — and with our standard 60‐day money back, can’t lose, guarantee.

On Monday, 2 December 2013, just click here to place your order at this fantastic price!

From Concept to Completion Webinar

Joe Treacy will give our December webinar “The Fevered Brow of a Type Designer: Font Design from Concept to Completion”. In this webinar  (Tuesday, 3 December at 11:00CST) Joe will take us through the steps of designing a font from beginning to end. He will describe the tasks of creating glyphs and building a typeface from a parts library. He’ll share his unique approach to setting the metrics for a font and make some suggestions on the final product target in various font formats.
If you ever wanted to get the benefit of experience (without actually having to go through the experience) this is your opportunity to look over the shoulder of a seasoned pro and see how the total font design process works. Joe’s presentation will give you the inside scoop on what it’s really like to prepare a commercial font from scratch.
There is a small fee (US$24.99) for this webinar and we are limited in the number of places, so sign up early by clicking here.

Joe Treacy is President & Director of Typography and founder of Treacyfaces, Inc. having designed and sold original and innovative fonts globally since 1978, and online continuously since 1993.
Treacy has designed hundreds of typefaces sold to thousands of firms globally. He was a recipient of Typefaces of the Year Award alongside Adobe in 1990, in addition to receiving prestigious gold and Effie awards for his advertising communications work.
Joe’s work in design and typography has been featured in The New York Times. He lectures regularly on electronic publishing, quality typography and design. He’s written articles on type and design trends for major magazines such as HOW, I‐D Industrial Design, Verbum and Personal Publishing.

From Concept to Completion

  Click here to register for the Webinar
3 Dec 2013, 1100CST/2pm EST/2000CEST

All Fontlab Products OK with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

All current FontLab products have been tested with Mac OS10.9 (Mavericks). No problems were discovered by our staff, and there have been no reports of problems from any of our customers.

Specifically, the following “Mac Intel” products are fully compatible with Mac OS10.9 Mavericks:

  • FontLab Studio 5.1.4
  • Fontographer 5.2.3
  • TypeTool 3.1.2
  • TransType 4.0.0

If you’re using an older version, we recommend updating or upgrading it.

The following products work properly in Mavericks when using the “Lion Compatibility Pack” edition of the product:

  • BitFonter 3
  • ScanFont 5

Other products and older versions of the products listed above are not or may not be compatible.

Font Licensing Webinar

November’s webinar will be a freebie. We’ve persuaded Jim Kidwell of Extensis to expand on the talk he recently gave at TypeCon: “The Evolution of Font Licensing Comprehension in the Creative Community”. In this webinar  (Tuesday, 12 November at 11:00PST) Jim will get into the heads of font licensees and see what they really want. Fortunately he has some very interesting data from a survey on this topic that Extensis did of its users.

Whether you’re a font maker or a font user you’ll want to hear about

  • what font EULA’s could and should do for you.
  • how web fonts are changing the game.
  • how the typographic community can engage the rest of the creative community in the licensing discussion

Jim will share his analysis of the survey results and his own experiences and opinions. You can chime in with your own questions and observations as well.

As a writer, speaker and general software nerd, Jim Kidwell evangelizes the effective integration of fonts in creative workflows. Jim has shared his unique perspective with audiences at SXSW, Future of Web Design, WebVisions and more.

The Evolution of Font Licensing Comprehension in the Creative Community
No payment, just

 Click here to register for the Webinar
12 Nov 2013, 1100PST/2pm EST/2000CEST

ATypI Wraps Up with Some Excellent Typography Talks

Those who left early on Sunday (not too many judging from how full the ballroom is) missed some excellent presentations on the modern use of type — i.e. typography rather than type design. John Berry, Mark Barratt, Claus Eggers, and Nick Sherman gave us some very interesting insights about the design of books, websites and “content” in general on the plethora of electronic devices available now and in the future.
A few tidbits;
 — URLs as a substitute for page numbering
 — rollover flyouts for marginalia
 — Scripta, The Typographic Institute (John’s new project: www​.typoinstitute​.org)
 — the conversational document
 — dynamic type format

I believe all the talks were recorded and I heard some mention in the board meeting of getting these recordings (and others from previous meetings) into a form and place where they will be accessible to members. Let’s hope it happens.