Multiple Masters for Bigger, Better, Easier Font Families, Oct 28 with T. Phinney

How to use just a few master fonts to generate dozens of refined final fonts with bigger character sets!

It’s easy: that’s why almost every Adobe typeface is designed using this technology.

When & Where

Tuesday 28 Oct 28 2014
9:00 am Pacific / noon Eastern / 18:00 CEST.

Register now!

9:00 am Pacific / noon Eastern / 18:00 CEST.

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

About the Webinar

I have used “multiple master” font techniques to build bigger and better font families for almost 20 years, and I am eager to share what I’ve learned in a one-hour live, interactive webcast.

  • Using just two master designs to generate any number of typographically sensitive weights
  • Adding correctly weighted small caps, fractions, superscript and subscript characters generated from the basic numbers and letters
  • Two more master designs and you can also have any width you want!
  • Using multiple masters for other kinds of transitions or variables: changing serifs, varying x‑height — your imagination is the main limit!
  • Three things that can go wrong with interpolation between masters, and how to fix them.
  • Using RMX Tools for even more power.

You’ll see just how easy it is to work with multiple master designs, and how FontLab Studio keeps them in sync. I will show you not only how to design in MM space from the beginning, but also how to bring existing fonts together to create a new MM font.

There will also be a live Q&A Session at the end of the webinar where you can ask me your perplexing questions!

There are a limited number of seats available for this webinar, so don’t be disappointed—register now!

About Thomas Phinney

I have been making fonts for 20 years, and did my Master’s thesis on multiple master technology. I am currently Vice President of FontLab, and also a former product manager for fonts at Adobe, for whom my typeface Hypatia Sans was an Adobe Original, with over 3000 glyphs per font. My most recent typeface, Cristoforo, was funded through Kickstarter.

I have been teaching type design and font production since 1997 (Rochester Institute of Technology), most recently in workshops with the Crafting Type collective and at TypeCon. I have an occasional blog about font stuff and type design.

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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.

Comments (4)

  • George Thomas


    The time mentioned for CEST should be 11:00am, not 18:00, which would be 6:00pm (although one would not use a colon in military notation).


  • Claus Lynggaard


    Right on, Thomas Phinney! It’s evening around here by then.
    I am looking foreward to the webinar — I miss one piece of information: what’s the duration?
    It’s a great idea for a great software. Keep up the good work. 😉 Claus


    • Thomas Phinney


      I’m going to aim for an hour with questions, but it may go a bit longer. I want to make sure I cover certain specific material, really. I may have a better idea a few days before, once I have tried a dry run. 🙂


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