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Thomas Phinney

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  • Re: What are 'true italics'?

    The big difference comes with sans serif.  It used to be normal for a sans "italic" to be slanted roman.  Now, that is looked upon with a turned up nose.
    Well, to be fair, it used to be normal for a sans "italic" to be a slanted roman plus optical corrections. I believe the simple slanted roman per se has never been terribly common, apart from faux italics created by operating systems.

    Those are a somewhat different animal, as the operating systems seem to apply approximately a 20° slant for faux italics, while real italics tend to have half as much slant, but also have at least optical corrections, and usually some structural differences.

    As long as the optical corrections are present, and there’s no two-story italic a, I am not bothered by slanted romans. Perhaps call them modified slanted romans. The slanted two-story a just looks awful to me, though.  :)

    I am seeing a faux italic while entering this, for extra amusement. Oh, and the last revival I worked on has a modified slanted roman for an italic... but still has a two-story a, which bugs me no end. Oh well!
  • Re: The beginning of the end

    I don't see anything in there about a change in the price of the font licenses.
    ????

    At least a couple of the FF families are available in "free plans" and are thus free for limited web use. At least a few FF fonts included are available for "desktop sync" (regular desktop font usage) to anybody with a Creative Cloud subscription.

    So, that is a noticeable pricing change, IMO.

    Just getting in with Typekit at all is a significant experiment for Monotype. I will be very curious to watch the next several years....
  • Re: How do I tell if a given .otf file is TT or PS-flavored?

    It is probably worth mentioning that although technically an .otf file can have either TrueType or PostScript style (CFF) outlines, in general use .otf fonts with PS outlines are pretty nearly nonexistent. I am not sure I have ever seen one, other than fonts specifically intended as test cases for software and operating systems.
  • Re: Sailboat – a grotesque

    The round and diagonal sidebearings are far too large. Also, sidebearings for right side of f, left side of j are too large.


  • Re: Problems Adding New Weights to Large Font Family

    Short answer: if your existing Light is 300, and you wish to avoid going below 250, the three new weights could be pegged to 285, 265 and 250. Or something like that.

    I do recommend not going below 250, else you will have problems in a significant portion of Windows GDI apps. If you and your client don't care about them, no worries. But my general experience is, such a decision is likely to bite you eventually.

    Then again, CSS only accepts multiples of 100 for specifying weightclass for the web, despite my protests, because the W3C wants to make it impossible for us to make a font family that works everywhere. (OK, that's my slightly biased/frustrated interpretation of the discussions. Obviously I was not happy with the outcome.)