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  • Re: How do you handle the finances of a project?

    I don’t split things up very broadly, aside from design and licensing cost. I require at least 30% up front, usually 50% – that depends on the project size though. No design work happens before I get that first instalment.

    These should be useful videos to watch for you:

  • Re: What are 'true italics'?

    Adrian Frutiger [was] required to second guess [his] original italics for Frutiger (Next)

    The italics of Frutiger Next were neither drawn nor approved by Frutiger, on the contrary. This section in Typefaces: The Complete Works (p259ff) is quite revealing.

  • Re: Weapon of choice

    My solution to avoiding back pains is to have a very simple chair at my desk that is deliberately uncomfortable. So you need to try to find new sitting positions all the time. And I work quite a lot sitting on a bit cushion from Muji with the laptop on my knees. again, not very comfortable in the long run but that makes me move around. That seems to be the only way to avoid damage to your body. All those expensing ergonomic chairs and gear make you sit/hold in *the* perfect position. But that position is unhealthy after 30 min too. But there is no way to change/move.
  • Re: Weapon of choice

    I swear by ergonomic mice - the really weird ones that look as though they've been rotate 90° onto their side. Takes some time getting used to (your hand, wrist and arm are in a handshake position) but it's virtually eliminated the repetitive strain injury I developed in my right (mousing) wrist. Anker has a decent budget entry model available on Amazon ( but the best one out there is Evoluent's: It also effectively repels "Here, let me show you," ADs ;)
  • Re: Anti-Ink-Traps

    I know Matthew Carter and Adrian Frutiger had drawn Univers for Phototypesetting and since the process would blur any sharp corner they had to add "spikes" to corners which would compensate for the blurring. I don't have an images of this exact example but here is an example of the same idea from Unica—found on google:  
  • Re: Quador – a squarish serif

    Yes, looking at the new screen shot, I do like the step in weights better, Arne!

    If anything, I might play with ramping up the regular very little. That would provide a bit more contrast to the light all the while evening out the transition to the semi & bold weights.
  • Re: Weapon of choice

    Like Kent Lew I use a Kensington Trackball. But since the arthiritis in my hands has gotten really severe I've taken to manipulating the ball with my nose and clicking the buttons with my chin.

  • Caster (serif, for text, multiscript)

    Hey guys i'm at it again with another text font that will take a year to finish and sell 2 licenses 
    Will most likely stick with the name Caster, unless you guys have suggestions
    This is the caption master, intended for 6 point text.

    Are these vertical metrics ok? I made the total height 1000 upm because Adobe fonts do that, but should I make them go farther up and down so nothing is clipped?

    Attached is a pdf with running text !

    What do you guys think?
  • Re: Fonts in use - what annoys you?

    I didn’t design italic small caps for FF Hertz because I thought they aren’t ever used.

    Yet in the two instances where I’ve seen FF Hertz small caps in use, italic small caps were required. Luckily the typographers involved were quite good at faking them convincingly (not just by scaling the caps down, but scaling caps from a bolder weight).
  • Letterink – Stroke extension for Glyphs

    The extension allows drawing letters with a centerline – skeleton. The stroke is literary drawn by a nib led according to a skeleton. Letterink advantage is the ability to vary nib width and angle on the same skeleton and keep those variations while changing general nib preset for a master. Moreover, the stroke is rendered into a glyph as if it was an outline. This allows the designer to use strokes without the direct necessity to expand strokes to outlines.

    Expanding to outlines generates clean vectors without messy points. Or, at least in most cases, it does so. The remaining cases are going to be fixed.

    Currently, its possibility is narrowed to the simple pen simulated by abscissa. But, the results are more than promising. Watch the demonstration on the video.

    The project was part of my diploma thesis to research the possibilities of the skeleton type design. I am looking for the way how to publish the outcomes – blog or a book.

    The development of the Glyphs extension was managed by Martin Cetkovsky. Currently, we have released Letterink as a minimum viable version to proof the concept. Hence, In the future, we are planning to integrate more advanced shapes like triangles, rectangles, polygons or ellipses plus their combinations.

    If you are working on a calligraphic project or studying typeface construction, it is worth, to give it a try. We have already received convincing feedback out of the testing non-latin typefaces especially Arabic, Hangul and Devanagari.

    You can get the plugin at
    We are looking forward the skeletons outcomes and your feedback.