Diacritics & Ligatures Webinar Sept 23 with David Bergsland

When & Where

Tues 23 Sept 2014
9:00 am Pacific / noon Eastern / 18:00 CEST

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USD $24.95 (to watch live and/or view the recording at any later date)

About the Webinar

David Bergsland is offering another practical tutorial on how to design and easily add the diacritics (accents) and ligatures to your basic 256-character fonts. You will get a sample font you are free to use, and the pieces to use to add these composite characters to your fonts. 

Ligatures are one of the things old letterpress shops had which made the type they set so elegant. Now we can easily add this capability to our OpenType fonts. All you need is a feature file [.fea extension] to compile the ligature code into your font.

What you will get with the Webinar

A copy of the presentation, in Keynote & PowerPoint

A font setup and ready to use with basic caps and lowercase characters you can easily modify

A glyph list: A .txt file used to quickly add your accented characters

Two feature files: You can use these to add OpenType features to your fonts


About David Bergsland

Type designer, typographer, author, book designer, & publisher

David is a long-time artist and writer, who says he has been around far too long and knows less than he did fifty-five years ago when he was sure he knew everything.

As a hippie in the late 1960s, and a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BFA in Printmaking in 1971, I have been an artist and designer since 1967. I actually started my design career immediately working as an illustrator for an occult publisher in St. Paul. I also spent several wasted years as an ego-maniacal heathen fine artist until I found my true calling as a creative called by God to design and write.”

David started as a graphic designer in West Virginia in 1979, where he began falling in love with type and typography. After three years freelancing in Albuquerque he became the art director for Albuquerque Printing, one of the largest commercial printers in the city. Here his love of typography really flourished with an immense library of press type and a top-notch graphic art copy camera.

After nearly 8 years as art director, I was given the opportunity to teach commercial printing at a large community college, Albuquerque TVI. The first day of class I had to teach Desktop Publishing. I’d never touched a computer before, but the school had a MAC IIfx — so I taught from that, learning as I talked.”

His first book was Printing in a Digital World in 1994. The same year he had become a new owner of Fontographer. Frustrated with the fonts available, he designed all the fonts used in Printing in a Digital World.

First Makambo, then MyFonts asked to sell my fonts. Monotype began selling them on all of its sites a few years later. I’m now selling over a hundred fonts in several dozen families.”

”I went to FontLab [Studio] in 2002 because there was no support for Fontographer [under Macromedia] — and Thomas Phinney told me I needed to. It was a bit of a struggle, but I came to love the program.”

The first book I wrote upon my so-called retirement [in 2009] was the first edition of Practical Font Design. At that time I was using FontLab Studio 4.6. To my amazement, it started selling right away and has not stopped since. The latest version is the 3rd Edition Plus. I’ll be starting the 4th edition shortly. I’ve published nearly 4 dozen books, but the best seller remains Practical Font Design.”

David’s Amazon Author page: http://​www​.amazon​.com/-/e/B001IXRXTO
The Skilled Workman is his technical blog: http://​bergsland​.org

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Thomas Phinney

Thomas Phinney was CEO of FontLab until 2019, when he retired from FontLab to pursue his font detective work and type design. Previously he worked at Extensis (web fonts and font management tools) and Adobe (as product manager for global fonts and typography). Thomas is also a teacher, writer, and consultant on fonts and typography. He has been consulted by Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, Oxford University Press, a “big three” US auto maker, the US Treasury Department, and PBS “History Detectives,” among others. He teaches type design with Crafting Type and has been a repeat guest lecturer for MA Typeface Design at the University of Reading. Since 2004 he has been a board member of ATypI, the international typography association. His typeface Hypatia Sans is an Adobe Original with over 3000 glyphs per font.

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