I have started playing around with an auto-spacing macro.
Inspired by Frank E. Blokland's talk at ATypI Reykjavik (that was the more interesting one for me) More info on http://www.lettermodel.org/
- It will work based on proportion conventions, somewhat ignoring many of your glyphs drawings.
- It will help you to "detect" and "correct" you drawing errors.
(for example: If you have drawn glyphs that are too wide or too narrow depending on the proportions conventions you have chosen, you will notice it after running the macro).
Basically, you feed it with some data first:
- "n stem width"
- "n counter width"
- "o stem width"
- "o counter width"
- chose proportions conventions from the "Proportions" list.
- choose "text" or "display".
Basically, this is all the info you need to space a font. Isn't it?
Everything else can them be done by the computer.
The "Proportions" list is the most important part, it will include:
- Textura (1 : 2 : 3)
- Jenson (2 : 3 : 4 : 6)
- JvKrimpen (2.4 : 3.2 : 4 : 6)
- more to come... I'm looking forward for feedback to add more "Proportions" options.
It is still too early to release (It's not yet working very well), but anyway I wanted to start the conversation.