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  • Re: Tengwar Latin and Cyrillic

    It says Etéciel vanye tengwar!, which is «You have written beautiful letters!» in Quenya.

    Huh, apparently you can't count on classical education anymore nowadays.
  • Re: New: LeMo V5

    A preliminary version of a 90-minutes instruction video for LeMo is available at YouTube now. It shows how a parametrically adapted Foundational-hand model is transformed into roman type, using the sophisticated editing tools in the new (free) LeMo 5.4 edition. The video does this from the perspective and requirements of the beginning type designer, by first introducing the tools and subsequently modelling the contours step by step from the parametrized scratch.

    LeMo 5.4 contains a text editor (for preview and editing of widths) now, besides antialiasing in the glyph editor, enhanced functionality of the drawing tools, and an improved interface of the editor for small screens (read: laptops).

    LeMo The Video Trailer
    LeMo The Video

    LeMo The Tool
    (for macOS only currently; Windows and Linux editions will become available shortly).


  • Re: Tengwar Latin and Cyrillic

    It says, "go not to type designers for counsel, for they will say both narrower and wider".
  • Re: Fonts in use - what annoys you?

    Optical (faux) kerning.

    I’m like “Oh dear, the spacing is terrible, I suck”—until I realize my beautiful typeface has been violated. But then I become philosophical and appreciate that they have (hopefully) paid to licence the font, and that I am quite prepared to accept the bad with the good—which is all the brilliant uses typographers have dreamed up for my typefaces, that I could never have imagined.
  • Re: Fonts in use - what annoys you?

    Adobe’s Optical Metrics. Makes my font(s) look like they were fitted by an amateur.
  • Re: Skeletal script face

    I think this is pretty interesting, it has an italic feel to it in the lowercase. I'd encourage you to continue working on it! :) A few comments here for you that I hope you find helpful…

    On the /e/ which seems a bit out of place with the lowercase letters, perhaps considered a rounded form instead.

    The /w/, /c/ and /m/ are narrow compared to the rest of the lowercase alpha, especially the /w/.

    The descender on the /g/ is a bit wide, it may cause collisions when next to other descending forms.

    I'm not crazy about your /f/ it's very unique, but a bit too much detail and it's more difficult to discern what letterform it is, could cause confusion. Could be interesting as an alternate form, however.

    I think the bowl of the /k/ could be larger and the leg shorter, the counter is looking too confined.

    The /v/ is perhaps too different in style from the /w/ and the /y/ as they're all in the same family group, I'd prefer them to be consistent.

    On the uppercase forms, they feel as if they need more detail to their forms to blend in with the roundness of the lowercase. Take a look at Chancery styles for some cues and more decorative Italics. Overall, they need to be wider - the bowls of the /B/ and the /R/ could be wider and hit lower down on the vertical stem. The /W/ could be quite a bit wider as well.
  • Re: Fonts in use - what annoys you?

    I find that most people can think of ways to use my fonts that might be considered wrong but that work†. In that case, my ego is unimportant. What I think rarely works is when they turn off kerning, for whatever reason. That tends to make most things look bad, and there’s no logical reason for doing so.

    † People have slanted uprights, scaled display cuts down and text cuts up, they’ve even created an oversized counter in an ampersand by putting it right on top of the hole in a vinyl record, which was fucking awesome.
  • Re: Fonts in use - what annoys you?

    When I'm watching a movie, television or playing a video game and a typeface I designed in the 1990s shows up in the 1940s, it takes me out of the moment. Sometimes my fonts show up on fake vintage posters and shirts. Sometimes it's useful for identifying fake antiques.
  • Re: What were the first OpenType font releases? And when?

    Re Adam's comment that Adobe could've supported Apple's AAT tables (GX at the time): There were various differences between GX and OpenType, but the real differentiator as far as Adobe was concerned was the role of the applications. With GX the fonts took over layout; with OpenType the app's got to choose what features to support & how. While font developers could certainly see the benefit of the GX approach (and still wish for more consistent & comprehensive feature support), app's wanted freedom to address their markets as they saw best – and stayed away from GX in droves. Adobe had to come down on the side of the app's.
  • Re: 2017 Font Purchasing Habits Survey Results (worth the read!)

    49% of people say they have read an entire EULA before
    Hell, I haven't even read mine.