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Nick Shinn


Nick Shinn
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  • Re: [OTVar] Introducing OpenType variable fonts

    There is already a perfectly good technical term for this kind of thing: Metafont, coined by Donald Knuth in 1979. 
    (The classical Greek prefix meaning “beyond”—hence Metafont would cover both “restricted” and “unrestricted” implementations.)
    But every organization wants to put its own brand on the concept, hence Multiple Masters, GX and now Variable.
    So don’t kid me that “Variable” is anything other than a snappy marketing term!

  • Re: [OTVar] Introducing OpenType variable fonts

    Any OpenType font with features is a variable font, in as much as it can vary the glyph that sets a character—especially one with Stylistic Sets that cover an entire character set.

    Slider Font might be a better term, as presumably a slider will always be used to make the OTVar fonts do their stuff. 
  • Re: Sans-Serif For Text

    A “sans-serif text face” doesn’t mean much.
    That’s like saying a leather foot shoe.
    All alphabetic typefaces are potentially “great for reading”.
    It’s how they’re chosen and set for a particular document that’s significant.

    nb, “text” has a specific typographic meaning (think “text” as Unicode strings, as opposed to graphics files), “text faces” is an indiscriminate, vernacular usage, like calling typefaces fonts, because all faces with alphabets are text faces (as opposed to symbol faces). 

  • Re: Eau de Garamond — a sans distilled from the essence of Garamond

    Screens are why everything is now wide-set with a tall x-height—that's what works in context.

    That’s on the way out.
    Bigger screens, high res and more sophisticated web typographers are making screen typography more like print.
  • Re: Question down alignment?

    For all caps, perhaps whether Q and J descend below the baseline is relevant as to where ¿ and ¡ align?