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John Savard

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  • Vasil Stanev said: Wow, I never knew you had a website, man! Looks pretty good! Thanks for sharing!  I have a website too, but it isn't nearly as helpful to people here as his. But I've recently added a page - to which the link point…
  • Incidentally, I think that the "rounded gothic", not referred to as an early Roman by anyone I know, used by Gutenberg in the Catholicon is perfectly legible, so this shows some Gothic types are legible even by modern standards.
  • ivan louette said: If I prefer Jenson's typeface I understand why Griffo's is considered more perfect or stronger : some Aldus carefully composed pages have an impressive and metronomic almost inequalable regularity. But this regularity essenti…
  • While in Printing from Arts and Crafts Essays, William Morris and Emery Walker were willing to say "though the famous family of Aldus restored its technical excellence... yet their type is artistically on a much lower level than Jenson's, and in…
  • It's possible this is just a design sketch, and while the spacing of Sherman wasn't up to his usual standards, it isn't as bad as this specimen appears to show. Remember, this typeface was 'lost'. I learned something else. First I read that Goud…
  • Interestingly enough, when looking for more information on Goudy Lanston, I found a news item about how a 'lost' Goudy typeface was recovered due to the discovery of matrices at Syracuse University. The typeface in question was Sherman. In Goudy…
  • Nick Shinn said: It’s Goudy Lanston. Indeed it is! Thank you! As this seems to be closer to a classic Jenson even than his Kennerley, I'm surprised this typeface isn't still in frequent use.
  • One unique thing about it was the commas. That eliminated Centaur and some other typefaces I knew to have been in existence at the time. The closest thing I could find was Baltotype's Italian Old Style, but it wasn't a match.
  • Yes, VKontakte is sort of like Facebook in Russia. I checked and found one pirate forum for fonts on VKontakte, and Helvetica Neue got removed from it due to a removal request, so asking to have your material removed does actually work. And …
  • Viktor Rubenko said: How is it possible to get font file from php request that return png image? Then I - and others here - are mistaken, and MyFonts is already generating font previews on the server side. I had thought this would co…
  • Viktor Rubenko said: The glyph set that is used by MyFonts on 'Webfont' page: That, unfortuately, isn't what we're talking about here. MyFonts also uses a webfont that doesn't have lots of characters removed (or, rather, replaced wi…
  • Yes, subsetting the web fonts, in addition to not using web fonts, just .jpg or .gif image samples, is another solution that would actually work - at the cost of making the web site less flashy. (One could use both approaches, including in the image…
  • Ralph Smith said: Paulo Goode - That is exactly the case - Web fonts accessed, licensing info stripped, poor quality OTFs generated, added to a Russian pirate site.   MyFonts has a leak and they need to plug it up.  In order to plug tha…
  • Jasper de Waard said:  I think the visual processing is usually faster than the linguistic processing (these are quite seperate brain regions), so that the gains of a 'better' writing system would be minimal. In that case, one possibilit…
  • "Better" is a loaded word. But if I recieved news that speed readers in Korea were accomplishing feats beyond the reach of the fastest speed readers in the United States, I'd consider that at least a hint. After all, a laboratory study only meas…
  • I see that it was Mike Parker who, at Font Bureau, drew the version of Starling that is on sale, so I don't know how I could have made this mistake.
  • Hrant H. Papazian said: I'm not sure how to interpret all of that as not an attempt to claim that the writing system does not affect reading performance. Essentially, to zealously defend Latin in the face of a claim of imperfection. Eve…
  • John Hudson said: Saccade length seems to be governed by linguistic content, and varies depending on how language is encoded in a writing system. This indicates that fixations are spaced and timed according to how the brain processes the lingui…
  • Henning von Vogelsang said: What a beautiful typeface! It’s interesting to see how the modern-day version of Starlin by Mike Partner looks entirely different, even closer to Times New Roman: https://fonts.adobe.com/fonts/starling I ha…
  • James Puckett said: IIRC those are the labels on the buttons of that expensive calendar my parents had to buy me in high school. Yes, they're providing what are known as the "Elementary Transcendental Functions", sin, cos, tan, log, exp,…
  • On the one hand, your italic is beautiful, so you should not change it to make it more conventional. On the other hand, the Roman has now moved somewhat from its original form to be a very nice Jenson - of the standard type. Hence, the italic is…
  • Thomas Phinney said: research data gives results that disagree with your theory of reading While I commend your desire to have Hrant keep is ideas evidence-based... it has occurred to me that measuring reading speed poses a fundamen…
  • Anita Jürgeleit said: ~ Like history showed the latin characterset wasn‘t spread to the world because of its high legibility. It was spread because of power and relegion. You are absolutely right in your history of scripts - up to a poin…
  • Personally, in line with Ray Larabie's comment, I thought that unlike the X, the original K and the R weren't broken, and so "fixing" them led to the typeface no longer embodying its rationale of being designed according to constant rules as much. …
  • Hrant H. Papazian said: lack of convincing empiricism does not relieve us from having to take action with whatever justification is available. That's true. But what does "convincing empiricism" do for you? It compels universal agreem…
  • Thomas Phinney said: Latin serif faces have been made for body text. Frutiger’s Meridien for one. This sent me on a search for information about Frutiger. A few days before, while looking for information on Excoffon, I noticed that Ondin…
  • The Koreans seem to be quite satisfied with their script, not least because it is quite phonetic. If the entirety of a syllable block can be included in the foveal region, it might not be needed to move the eyes in two directions. Of course, in …
  • Thank you for this clarification. Now I have a clue about where to look to sort the good from the bad in blackletter.
  • I should admit, though, that while I'm no fan of blackletter, it does astonish me that the private press art printers seem to all agree that one of the earliest Romans, that of Jenson, had achieved perfection - and it is also astonishing that the mo…
  • In general, I think it looks nice. My first reaction was, oh, there are so many typefaces in this general category these days - but that is true of any category of typeface, so I quickly woke up and realized you should not let that stop you. How…