Multi-color fonts are still bleeding edge technology, so no one format is universally (or even widely) supported. But they do work today in a number of places, especially if you can make a font that supports several of the competing would-be standards! This YouTube video by our own Adam Twardoch shows how to create multi-color fonts across multiple color formats, with existing FontLab apps.
Currently we support:
- Microsoft OpenType COLR/CPAL fonts
- Adobe/Mozilla (Firefox) OpenType SVG
- Apple sbix
David Bergsland’s first webinar on troubleshooting font creation in FontLab Studio got a standing ovation from the attendees! David’s no-nonsense designer-friendly approach is accessible to all. Now he is following it up with “Advanced Font Creation,” Tuesday June 10 at 9:00 am Pacific / noon Eastern / 18:00 CEST. Register now!
As Jim Gallagher, our tech support and instructional guru says, “Most designers won’t give these kind of tips away, but Dave spills the beans! You will wonder why you never saw some of these things before.”
Attendance at David’s previous webinar is not at all a pre-requisite for this follow-up with even more information and ideas about how to make font creation easy. However, you can still register for that previous webinar even now, after the fact, and watch the recording.
There will be a live Q&A session at the end of the webinar, when you can ask David about the things that puzzle you!
David Bergsland has been a type designer for 20 years, and is the author of both Fontographer and FontLab Studio editions of Practical Font Design. Read more about him.
There are a limited number of seats available for this webinar, so don’t be disappointed—register now!
Thank you to all of you who took our latest survey — over 650 of you! We have been crunching numbers and reading your comments and feedback religiously.
Soberana typeface sample
We gave away three big prizes via random drawings!
Our First Prize winner is Dimitri Fontaine of Graphic Identité in Nantes, France. They are a design agency specializing in identity, branding and packaging, as well as industrial design — and yes, that really is his last name. They use Fontographer, more to modify, improve and complete existing fonts than design entirely new ones. They will use the prize to get an additional license for Fontographer, including future upgrades.
Our Second Prize winner is Iván Moreno of México. Ivan already uses FontLab Studio, so he is going to save his prize to use to upgrade to version 6 when it comes out. He looks forward to produce commercial and professional fonts for custom and retail use when he finishes his Master’s degree in type design from Centro de Estudios Gestalt, Veracruz, México (Maestría en Diseño Tipográfico), and says this prize is “just what he needed.”
Our Twitter Prize (for somebody who tweeted about the survey) goes to Cristóbal Henestrosa of Estudio CH, also in Mexico. Cristóbal is a graphic designer and an established type designer, having been recognized in the TDC competitions in 2008 and 2010. His last typeface was Soberana, a custom typeface for use throughout the Mexican government, created in collaboration with Raúl Plancarte, using FontLab Studio. He will also use his prize for a future upgrade.
Although we didn’t get to 1000 responses to trigger the grand prize, we were happy to see so many responses. Thanks again to everyone who participated and gave us useful feedback!
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.”
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.
FontLab needs to learn more about our past, current and future customers, and their software needs. We are offering some awesome prizes to induce you to take our survey. Click here to TAKE SURVEY, WIN PRIZES. The survey closes at 11:59 pm GMT, Wed April 17.
GRAND PRIZE, LIFETIME WINNER: If we get 1000+ responses, we will draw from all survey respondents a winner who will receive, for the rest of their life, a free single-user license to any and all FontLab software products they want, including future upgrades and products we haven’t even imagined yet!
FIRST PRIZE: As long as we get 250+ survey responses, we will draw from all survey respondents a winner who will receive, for the rest of their life, a free single-user license to any one FontLab product, including future upgrades. (In the event development on a product some day ends, we will happily substitute a license for a similar FontLab product.)
SECOND PRIZE: We will draw from all survey respondents a winner who will receive a free single-user license to any one FontLab product of their choice, or upgrade for any FontLab product. (Yes, for those of you waiting for next versions, the winner may defer collecting until a future release, if desired.)
TWITTER PRIZE: Every person who tweets a link to this blog post with some encouragement to take the survey, using the hashtag #fontlabsurvey, will be entered into a draw for a free single-user license to any one FontLab product of their choice, or upgrade for any FontLab product. (Yes, for those of you waiting for next versions, the winner may defer collecting until a future release, if desired.) If you think this sounds remarkably like the Second Prize above, you would be correct. 🙂
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
Jimmy (Der Fontmeister) raves:
Yesterday morning we had a spectacular webinar with David Bergsland (Author of Practical Font Design – link: http://www.fontlab.com/typographic-resources/font-typography-books/)
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:
If you’ve already registered you can view the recording at:
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!
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
All current FontLab products have been tested with Mac OS X 10.9 (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 OS X 10.9 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:
Other products and older versions of the products listed above are not or may not be compatible.