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Mark Simonson


Mark Simonson
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  • I think the common element here is the importance of becoming skilled with the tool that you use. It's not so much the tool as the skill and experience of its user.
  • The original Mac system included a serifed font, New York. It was the default in many of the included apps, such as Note Pad, MacWrite, even the Calculator. It was kind of a low-res bitmapped interpretation of ITC Garamond, Apple's corporate typefac…
  • The OP probably meant "type industry", and it seems most answers here assume that.
  • The thing that has that helped me the most with working with Bézier curves is to realize that it's not drawing. It's more like sculpting.
  • It's too bad you can't see full character sets, but it's still a fantastic resource for studying letterforms.
  • Well, there's your answer right there. If it doesn't do axial interpolation, that's kind of a deal breaker. I can't think of many professional type designers who don't make use of that capability in some way.
  • Quadratics can have as many off curve points if you want Strictly speaking, quadratic Bézier curves only have one off-curve point. But with TrueType curves, you can specify more than one because the interpreter is able to reconstruct the missing…
  • The same people who do Font Squirrel also do Fontspring, which is their commercial arm. Behind the scenes it uses the same webfont generator as Font Squirrel. Font Squirrel can also be used to generate webfonts with commercial fonts if the license…
  • I had no idea that rationalism was such a force here considering that we spend so much of our time deliberating on the beauty of a curve and how we feel about groups of them. Well, the techniques by which we create those curves depend on reason. R…
  • That's because art and aesthetics fall in the realm of human desires, emotions, and beliefs. It's subjective. There's no contradiction here. But if you're trying to figure out how the world works, in a reliable, predictable way, that's when you need…
  • Mysticism is not a way to know about the world except by accident, although its existence tells a lot about how the human brain works. Human beings are not perfectly rational creatures. Perfect knowledge is not necessary for survival. Our brains o…
  • And Mark, you can quickly create a PDF just by printing from the Testing Page. Sure, but I have to remember to do it ahead of time.
  • I don't know if you do iOS apps, but I've often wished I had an app that could let me preview on my iPhone or iPad fonts stored on, say, DropBox or other cloud-based things. OTF and TTF at minimum, but UFO and .glyphs would be even better. The reaso…
  • Please, don't use the word "commission". Font distributors don't take commissions, they pay royalties on sales of licenses. Sales people working for font distributors might get a commission (meaning: a percent of the distributor's share of the sale…
  • Scott-Martin: Sorry, I overstated things when I said that vinyl lacked audio compression. What I should have said was that it has less audio compression.
  • That's interesting, Nick, but that article actually makes some of my points about the limitations of vinyl. The part where it quotes someone saying "...lossless" doesn't elaborate on what they mean by that. Any time you make an analog copy, there …
  • This idea that analog recordings are superior, because they are continuous whereas digital samples are are discrete, is a misconception. I used to think the same thing. The root of this is probably the typical way that a digitized waveform is repres…
  • Vinyl is not lossless. Recording engineers had to boost certain frequencies just to get an LP to sound reasonably close to the original tape recording. Think about it: As the needle follows the groove toward the middle of a record, the frequency res…
  • I went to a high end consumer audio show recently, and almost all the exhibitors were demonstrating their equipment using vinyl records as source, not digital. I doubt audiophiles would drop six figures on a second rate sound system. Essentially, …
  • But I thought there was a difference in the maximum UPM for Windows Postscript. That was never a thing? 1000 UPM was the standard for PostScript Type 1, regardless of platform. Remember, the outline files weren't for on-screen display when the for…
  • Also, FWIW, the idea that vinyl records are superior in fidelity to CDs is also a myth. Some people prefer the sound of vinyl, but it's not capable of reproducing sound as accurately as CD.
  • This smells like a myth. As far as I know, Windows PostScript fonts were identical to Mac PostScript fonts, except for the file structure.
  • Well, you won't have any chance of making money from fonts you never release.
  • I had an idea some years ago for discouraging piracy. Basically, claim that the purchaser's credit card number (or some other sensitive data they've given you as part of the purchase) is hidden in the font files, but don't actually do it. On reflect…
  • Why not use "New" instead of "Neue"?
  • It doesn't work for all kinds of work, but I think it makes a good fit for the independent type designer. The social thing is definitely a factor. Before the internet, I found it much harder to work at home.
  • It works the same as in FontLab (or anywhere else that uses AFDKO syntax), except that you only include the part inside the curly brackets of the feature definition. The outer portion is added automatically.