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Simon Cozens


Simon Cozens
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  • Would it work to thin the top crossovers of the /w as you have with the corresponding ones on the /m? I think that would make it more legible. That said, I have to work pretty hard to see the /m as an /m. Maybe a deeper cut on the vertex?
    in Arctedo Comment by Simon Cozens June 18
  • If you have a security compromise on a site whose main business is digital downloads, the whole darn thing is suspect. You either look through and reconstruct every single zip file, or you burn it down and start again. That's if you take security s…
  • Explain the system to me. Why does A-R, T & Z have an on-stroke but not S & U-Y? If B does, why doesn't 5? If L does, why doesn't U?
  • I've recently started playing with the idea of doing everything digitally, but "sketching" in the font editor before drawing out the forms. Sort of like using digital graph paper:
  • Does anyone have a source for "Dutch Type"? (Or copies they want rid of?)
  • I'm not convinced by your katakana/hiragana distinction. Using katakana for foreign words is a relatively modern function. Both hiragana and katakana evolved from the Man'yogana script of the Man'yoshu, and both initially functioned as syllabic rep…
  • Yeah. I hate to be totally negative but this isn't working for me at all. The different slants  and curved strokes in the original lowercase, and the second one of your new lowercases, mean that my eyes are forever being led in different directions.…
  • I know a number of people are rather hoping that the macron is aligned to the left, but I think you'll find that in practice it naturally finds its way towards the center.
  • @Christian Thalmann: Does this /p work better? (Thinned joins, tidied top bowl thickness, moved arches away from vertical stem, and checked curves.) I just want to check I am understanding the critique and how to apply it. If so I'll go through a…
  • Wow. Yes, that's quite a difference (and the effect I was going for). Thanks for your comments - let's see what another few months of polishing can do.
  • And here is the progress eight months later. I think I am mostly happy with the thin; the semibold needs more spacing work. There is a bold but it's not ready to show people yet.
  • I find Windows Postscript gives a grittier, more bassy outline than the warmer, more natural curves produced by Mac Postscript. You can reproduce some of the warmth by reversing the directions of all the paths, to avoid interference from the compute…
  • Each table has a checksum already. Why not just use that? $ ttx -l Coolangatta-Regular.otf Listing table info for "Coolangatta-Regular.otf": tag checksum length offset ---- ---------- ------- ------- CFF 0x33C11B8E …
  • This may be a bit pie-in-the-sky, but I wonder if all this discussion is a symptom of a broader problem about updating and revising fonts. And a related issue is that the difficulty of updating and revising fonts leads to a situation where fonts do …
  • Thanks all for the comments. Si, I was printing a PDF with Preview. I think that should be OK... I have printed a waterfall sample of both autohinted and unhinted text, with the printer set to "normal" quality and "best" quality. Here's a photo (qu…
  • Another example, same printer. (Have a look at the "no"):
  • Christian Munk said: Ogonek is used for nasal vowels in some Indigenous American languages, so they can appear on any vowel character. And just for more fun, their position should change: European ogoneks connect to the bottom right of …
  • Etymology is not semantics - infantry does not mean "child soldiers".
  • That looks amazing. Will there be videos afterwards?
  • Just to clarify, are you modifying the font (ie there will be a new font file produced with your changes) or are you modifying the font's output (hitting "Create Outlines" and messing with the paths)? I think there's a material difference between th…
  • An Australian advert designed by a French agency: @hhpapazian Europcar Australia. pic.twitter.com/wWRdILrDz4 — Simon Cozens (@simoncozens) July 7, 2016
  • To try to expand a little bit Andreas' words, because although he's dead right you might not have a sense of where to go with them: what basic mistakes? I don't know much, so I might be wrong, but I hope I can try to give you a bit of a direction to…
  • The /NT and /TH ligatures took me way too long to parse. And that was knowing that they are ligatures. If I had come across them in text I would be completely lost. /MU is slightly confusing, but the others are wonderful.
  • Just some feedback on seeking feedback: Always show type in context. I reckon you'll get more and better feedback if you help the reviewer see how the type is meant to work, not just give them a bunch of letterforms. Having to wade through to the la…
  • My feeling is that in English "typos" generally refers to typing errors (liek hiting teh rong kyes) rather than typographic errors.
  • Here's the latest version of the UC, with (hopefully all) the suggestions above integrated. No comparison, really. And there is a /Q (and a /Q.alt) in the font, just not in the Bird List Song:
  • Martin Silvertant said: Crisis was also created in a single day. It took him twelve years to create a font in a day.
  • Thanks Mark! I'll fix it - if you spot any more things like that, please file an issue. I'm planning to flesh this out to a full book; when it's done I'll get a fuller community review, but comments are very welcome!
  • You might find this useful: https://simoncozens.github.io/fonts-and-layout//opentype.html
  • Just van Rossum's Atypi2016 talk was this sort of thing, wasn't it? https://www.atypi.org/type-typography/the-sound-of-shapes-shape-of-sounds