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Mark Simonson


Mark Simonson
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  • Re: Aspects of quality for a typeface

    There is a problem with that approach. Many apps have a small caps button or command. If the font includes small caps, they are used. If they don't, the the caps are scaled down. Your users will need to know to ignore the small caps function and change fonts instead.
  • Re: The vinyl records of font formats

    You can get a VST plugin for your digital audio workstation (like a font editor, but for music) that replicates the sound of vinyl (painstakingly modeled on the vinyl cutting equipment at Abbey Road Studios). The second video on this page for the product features an experienced recording engineer going into great detail about what makes vinyl sound like it does and why people like it.
  • Re: Specific diacritic designs depending on language

    for example see this image
    Note that the tittles on the i and j are also vertical strokes.

  • Re: At what point of the design process do you start digitising your drawings?

    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.
  • Re: Organization

    I keep each font/font family in its own folder.

    Within that folder, I have a folder for banners and other images needed by distributors and for my own site. I have a master Adobe Illustrator file that contains all the different sizes needed. I export required images into separate folders for each distributor.

    I have another folder that contains specimens and user guides, both the source documents and PDFs for distribution.

    I also make a folder for each new version of the font/font family containing the source documents, finished fonts, and anything else related to that version.

    There are a few other folders for keeping information or documents relating the the font/font family as a whole.

    I have a completely separate folder in which I put copies of the latest version of each font, organized by family and also by package (some distributors require preassembled sets). Whenever I need to send font data to a distributor, it comes from this folder.

    I'm not sure if this is the best system, but I've developed it gradually over a couple of decades and it seems to work for me. I continue to tweak it. It was much less organized even ten years ago.