Until June 29, Tim Ahrens is offering a pre‐publication discount on the brand‐new and much expanded/revised second edition of his book, Size‐specific Adjustments to Type Designs.
This is not just the best, but really the only significant work on this intriguing and complex topic. Highly recommended for intermediate and advanced type designers, and anyone else interested!
Read more (and buy) on Tim’s blog.
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!
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. 🙂
Although Fontlab Ltd. debuted the Photofont technology some 8 years ago, the typographic community did not show much interest for multi‐color fonts or typography. In 2013, it changed. Actually, this started a few years ago with Apple introducing the color emoji font into iOS, and then Mac OS X 10.7. Now, all major industry players (Apple, Adobe, Mozilla, Google and Microsoft) have proposed their formats, which aim to extend the OpenType font format by the ability of including color glyph information. The proposals differ in many aspects. Below is a discussion of the proposals along with some personal comments.
This article is very technical. No completeness or correctness of the information presented below, and all views are personal.
The video tutorial by Adam Twardoch accompanies this article by providing a more practical take on color font creation issues.