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Johannes Neumeier

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  • This thread seem to be dominated by mostly reasonable yays, yet here's an emotional nay: To me it feels cheap. Is the font not good enough to stand on it's own name? Is the foundry more important than the type? Why would I even care what foundry mad…
  • Thanks for the insightful answers. I agree the mono adds more confusion than it solves, but I like the use-case oriented approach to the naming — it just might not fit this style range. It kind of goes back to what display, text and caption do for o…
  • Thanks for the discussion. The Font1 and Font2 suggestion is not too far off. I wouldn't give them entirely different names, since the "familiarity" of these two alternates (and the space between) is the whole point, but a blunt AcmeFont A and AcmeF…
  • Let me clarify. So for the OTVar the axis is what the user accesses, say in a layout application, but when also exporting the two extremes as separate styles I would end up with fonts in the menu like: AcmeFont Normal Regular AcmeFont Normal R…
  • To test spacing, especially of a text typeface, use it with actual text. Pages full of different size, different line height, different column width, different alignment. To help you get a feel for what is "tight" and what is "lose" then print the s…
  • I use a wireless Wacom tablet of the same form factor as my laptop (so it's easy to grab along anywhere), and use it laying next to the computer for all drawing tasks, while using my left hand for UI navigation, modifier keys and inputting numeric v…
  • Benedikt Bramböck said: There is also Typable by Ondrej Jób. Wow, that one is fantastic, didn't know about it! I've coded a somewhat related CLI script that you feed UFO and TXT files and it outputs strings of specific length, ideal for…
  • Roel Nieskens said: And when used as a web font, it will never show up. Interestingly enough, I recently had a situation where I explicitly wanted to show a webfont's .notdef character... is that a typoxymoron?
  • @Filip Zajac Sure, my Wordpress plugin is free to use and I welcome contributions of code and feedback. The front end of it is a customized version of @Lasse Fister's specimenTools, so if Wordpress is not your platform, starting with that might save…
  • @Filip Zajac I've read your document with much interest and think it worth pointing out one observation that struck me. While it generally holds true that pitching in together drives down cost, I have a hunch that this is an over optimistic bias in …
  • Thanks for your input, especially @Moritz Kleinsorge  - so it seems this is neither how things normally go nor am I alone with this waiting time. I got a less informative email answer, but this makes sense, sort of.
  • The one thing in this web vs app logic that always gets me is: Why, if these types of media are supposedly based on end users consuming the product, is desktop license pricing then not based on the print run or edition of what it is used for. Or ask…
  • Since type design is nowadays a mostly digital discipline, here is one that gets me regularly: Numbers. Yes, you want to measure, and check, and keep consistent, but in the end, numbers are as much your enemy as they are your friend. Just like you m…
  • Dropped you an email.
  • Interesting. I'd like to see that study continued by showing participants four words each with a different g variation. I'd be curious if the detection rate increases. Also, it shows how far removed from handwriting the looped g is to the writers o…
  • Good look, try to reach the website registrant behind the scheme from below. Makes you wonder... why use bitcoin to stay anonymous when you don't even manage to proxy your domain registration. Name: Andrew Chumakov Organization: Private Person Stre…
  • However, testing the basic effect doesn't have to be complex.
  • I dig the Vibration style, but it's really impossible to judge if that makes any actual sense for the application. What studies did the diagonal logic originate from? If we forget about the reasoning behind it, it can be appreciated in its own righ…
  • I didn't flag your comment @SiDaniels but would understand why someone flagged it as argumentum ad hominem deflection from the actual discussion, which is quite thin on argumentation to begin with. While I might share the initial sentiment I find t…
    in TDC Comment by Johannes Neumeier March 9
  • yanone said: Or would it be better to add "variations" data points that sit under the font and cover the different formats? This is more logically structured, but also more complicated. Relating to this, what's the imagined approach for b…
  • Nothing like trying and seeing, and about seeing it all is. One thing to keep in mind is size, since what looks exaggerated or too shy in one size might look just the opposite in smaller or larger. Are you working on a round type yourself or are yo…
  • Language is thought. I think the term stroke is just the one end of the equation. Why it sticks around as a valid and useful term is less because of writing and more because of seeing.
  • So indeed I've been developing this further. As I explained to @Stuart Sandler the plugin is essentially "backend only" right now, and for two sites I use it in I coded a customized front end that actually renders the license selections in different…
  • What I meant was that couldn't you duplex the interpolations, so any axis would be split between the number of non-interpolable original fonts, e.g. font A interpolating between 0-49 and font B between 50-100. As you rightly point out the optimizati…
  • A good reason for designing and testing with font fallbacks is also this: Tracking blockers like Ghostery prevent web font download from places like TypeKit. Web fonts served via CORS are also a privacy concern, because the serving of web fonts can …
  • Just an observation: You have closed apertures and horizontal terminals, and open apertures and vertical terminals. Although the logical extreme, maybe something in the middle ground offers less trodden solutions to be discovered. In the end this …
  • I've only used some low end prototyping machines, so forgive my ignorance. Do all CNC machines actually use movement path based input, or do you even need the actual movement paths? I recall the Roland machine I used accepted even pixel images and w…
  • I agree with @jeremy tribby. Type designers focus so much on the design space implications of variable fonts, but I imagine the driving force for adaptation is and will be simply the performance gain and complexity reduction on the web.
  • I had considered making physical copies available in one form or another eventually, and at no profit so, since some of the image material was granted for fair use in a research publication only. Alas, I have not gotten around to it. However, I hav…
  • I've written my master’s thesis on designing a typeface specifically for the use in screen interfaces. That is a somewhat different focus, but overlaps in many aspects with general type design for screen, so some of the chapters might it be well wor…