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.
The Evolution of Font Licensing Comprehension in the Creative Community
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12 Nov 2013, 1100PST/2pm EST/2000CEST
Those who left early on Sunday (not too many judging from how full the ballroom is) missed some excellent presentations on the modern use of type — i.e. typography rather than type design. John Berry, Mark Barratt, Claus Eggers, and Nick Sherman gave us some very interesting insights about the design of books, websites and “content” in general on the plethora of electronic devices available now and in the future.
A few tidbits;
— URLs as a substitute for page numbering
— rollover flyouts for marginalia
— Scripta, The Typographic Institute (John’s new project: www.typoinstitute.org)
— the conversational document
— dynamic type format
I believe all the talks were recorded and I heard some mention in the board meeting of getting these recordings (and others from previous meetings) into a form and place where they will be accessible to members. Let’s hope it happens.
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.
It’s official — the 2014 ATypI conference will be held in Barcelona, Spain. The dates are September 17 – 21. The first two days will be at the BAU School of Design and the last three at the Museu del Disseny (Design Museum). The museum has an auditorium capacity of 350, so there will be a limit on number of attendees next year. Register early 🙂
Greetings from Amsterdam! The annual ATypI conference kicked off here yesterday with near record attendance. We haven’t seen a crowd this size since the early 00s.
Day 1 had three tracks — one on non-Latin type and another on technology — and an all-day workshop on Indic type design. Unfortunately I didn’t arrive until the afternoon, but by that time the meeting rooms were full and the vibes were good. In the latter part of the afternoon Frank Griesshammer explained new changes in the Adobe kern feature and a bunch of neat scripts for font manipulation; Adam demonstrated colour fonts and their use in overlays using the new version 4 of TransType; and David Lemon and Werner Lemberg talked about the ongoing development of the Postscript rasterizer for mobile platforms.
In the evening we gathered in the Aula, Oude Lutherse Kerk, a beautiful historic church a few blocks away from the hotel, for some short presentations about interesting items from the EYE archives.
Day two also had three tracks: science, history/education, and workshops/meetings. The science track was mostly about legibility research. Albert Jan-Pool talked about the new DIN 1450 signage standard just out in April. It seems that the new gold standard for height reference in legibility research is visual angle of the x‑height. No more fussing around with point sizes and the like. If you look at signage from this point of view the glyphs are actually smaller than much fine print. Takeaway: they have to be optically scaled to be more legible, just like other small print.
Continuing with the theme, Ann Bessemans told us about her development of Matilda, a font for children with poor vision. Significant finding: kids with visual impairment read fonts better if they have slightly more heterogeneity of rhythm than normal. The opposite of normally sighted children.
Sofie Beier and Mary Dyson showed their legibility research technique called RSVP, which they used with a new font called neutral test designed by Sofie to determine whether and which font design changes resulted in better legibility (Bold is worst). Sofie has even written a book on the subject, “Designing for Legibility”.
Nadine Chahine presented similar legibility research on Arabic Naskh script and came to the conclusion that increasingly complex (and beautiful) scripts actually decrease legibility.
At the end of the day we all adjourned back to the Oude Lutherse Kerk to hear Alice Rawsthorn give a great talk on where design meets life. Pithy quote: “Design can empower, or disempower, us in every aspect of our lives.” TDC then awarded Gerrit Noordzij their medal (to standing ovations) and finally it was off to the Bijzondere Collections for drinks and the opening reception.
It’s been long overdue… I wasn’t really happy about what the various blog templates looked like, so I have been putting away the creation of our own. But finally, this year, responsive web techniques have become easy to use, the proliferation of web fonts has made it possible to create a page that’s easy to read continuously, so we’ve prototyped a new look, and — well — launched it (semi-officially).
We have a long line of content articles that shall be appearing here in the coming months. So, don’t bite your fingernails while waiting for revelations here in the next weeks, but feel free to visit us from time to time.
(Also, please bear with us for the time being — there are some design and functional glitches here and there which we’re planning to fix.)