The free FontLab webinar with Sumner Stone discussing font superfamilies is now available on YouTube!
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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 coördinating 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. 🙂
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 1973 – 1984. 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.
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:
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 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:
- BitFonter 3
- ScanFont 5
Other products and older versions of the products listed above are not or may not be compatible.
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.
No payment, just
Click here to register for the Webinar
12 Nov 2013, 1100PST/2pm EST/2000CEST
Our “Hinting” webinar this last Tuesday went off very well, with several of the attendees asking for more. Well you can’t reduce ten years of experience into just a single hour, so Monika will be back early next year with another hinting webinar — this one on more advanced topics.
Many people have asked about the webinar recordings. Yes, they are available. They are not up on the website yet, but they are available by direct link.
For the “Beyond Basics” webinar, people who have already registered can browse to
and you will have immediate access to the recording.
For those who have not registered you will need to register first at
and then you will be directed to the same URL as above to view the recording.
Similarly for the “Hinting” webinar, registrants can just go directly to
while others can register first at
and then go to the recording.
P.S. Remember if you have trouble registering that the system doesn’t tolerate popup blockers well, especially in Safari or Chrome. You might want to try registering using Firefox or IE.