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Ray Larabie

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  • Consider the purpose of the classification in this case: creating accurate search results on a website that sells fonts. Machine learning might not be helpful in the general classification of type; at least not machine learning as it functions in 20…
  • What can't be measured is the long term typeface sales that might be generated from free fonts. I don't know if someone who downloads a free font is a different breed. I don't see why someone who purchases fonts couldn't also download a free font fr…
  • If you want to make Private Use Area characters easier for users to access, consider using custom shortcodes. I did that with Canada1500. In this case, for safety, I needed special symbols to fall back to something human readable. For example, the r…
  • For hamburger, assuming you mean the UI symbol and not the sandwich, you can use 2261 ≡. At least then it'll fall back to something similar if the font is missing. If you already include that as a mathematical symbol, that won't work. That doesn't h…
  • @Christian Thalmann No, but updates are handled quickly. I send updates all the time and they take less than a week; sometimes the next day. I send zips with the same filenames along with an explanation for MyFonts and an explanation for customers d…
  • @Christian Thalmann You upload any and as many gallery images you want. Just go to gallery while you're logged in and you can upload, delete and change order. You'll have to enable flash to use the uploader (the other one is broken). In Chrome you c…
  • I agree that tags would be misleading. From trying to identify fonts with my own eyes, I can more easily identify a font by looking at its heavier weights that its lighter weights. I think trying identify a typeface by looking at ultra-lights is li…
  • You make a font, include a free commercial use license and submit it to Dafont and other free font sites. A few years ago MyFonts banned free fonts unless they're part of a typeface which includes non-free fonts. But even so, my free single fonts ge…
  • It means I thought it was a funny line.
  • five-a-day deco trace firehose ROFL That is gooood stuff.
  • I'm willing to lower my expectations for royalties if they're accompanied by appropriate effort/money towards promotion. But 50% for placing a font on a site where I'm required to deep discount in exchange for a slight chance at visibility isn't sat…
  • I like it. Maybe someday there could be an official TIME axis that can be looped or ping-ponged so it can be standardized.
  • I'd lean into it and go all the way with the Greek stress.
  • The Latin letters are pretty condensed but the Greek isn't. I think you should start by getting the width of the omicron closer to the o. Then make omicron's thins and thick the same as the o. From the Latin letters, I can see that there's emphasis …
  • Consider with Facebook that images with more than 20% "text" are penalized. Typeface specimens and promo graphics are practically invisible and if you want to pay to boost them, you can't. Don't waste your time with Facebook unless you can come up w…
  • @Jonathan Hoefler I was being serious about ITC Avant Garde Gothic. Avant Garde, regardless of its readability, features shapes that are supposed to look like circles but actually aren't. It would be easy to overlay a pure geometry version and inter…
  • Blambot has some comic fonts with crushed line spacing that are very legible. I think with hand lettering you can get away with more. In your example, see how the bowl of the g is squeezed? If you were to use a similar trick with bdhpq to compensate…
  • I couldn't find the thread but there was a discussion somewhere on this site about when alternate Cyrillic italic forms are appropriate. I think the conclusion was that they would seem out-of-place in a typeface that didn't have classical italic sty…
  • I think we should get a group of children to walk on their hands their entire lives. Then, when they're around 40 years old, quiz them on which part of an 8 looks bigger. I think it would be a worthwhile study.
  • I think ITC Avant Garde is a good candidate.
  • If I'm making something new I'll use multiple masters but often I need to interpolate older fonts. If I only need to interpolate a few glyphs, it takes less time to blend and clean up than to set up multiple masters. For example, if I need to add ne…
  • I've never found a way to automate their removal. I examine every glyph of every interpolation and remove them manually. I probably spent a 3 or 4 hours last month removing those things from a large interpolated family. I asked about this a few year…
  • Font formats fall into disuse gradually. When I started selling fonts I was expected to provide then in Mac TT, Mac PS, Win TT, Win PS.
  • Detach the bottom left leg on the X, move it to the left a wee bit. Reattach.
  • Here's a typical curve I used on an S. This is part of a lowercase s from a variation of Galderglynn Esquire which is based on 19th century grotesques. Round on the inside and slightly superelliptical on the outside. When I refer to spine here, I m…
  • There's not enough tension in the middle to require an extra point. Unless you're resolution is high, you're more likely to distort the line by adding an extra point. As for replacing both points with one; absolutely not. If you do that, you limit …
  • As for pricing through traditional retailers; why not include a variable font with a full family purchase? Customers who want variable fonts will certainly want individual styles for legacy application support.
  • I don't think variable fonts will be initially successful through traditional retailers as fonts a customer buys, downloads and installs. I don't think the success of variable fonts depends on traditional font retailers pushing them or not. The usef…
  • It's a good idea. Does anyone think this would make a good new category here? I'm concerned that if it goes beyond the scope of localization, that it could become a general job site which could get cluttered and spammy. I think most type designers d…