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John Hudson


John Hudson
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Member, Type Person
  • Re: Ignoring mark to mark anchors for a specific base glyph

    I'm highly suspicious of any workflow that makes it difficult to control the order of lookups.
  • Re: At what point of the design process do you start digitising your drawings?


    You can get really nice curves with quadratic Béziers, but I wouldn’t want to use them for drawing.

    I wonder to what degree this is due to poor editing paradigms for quadratic curves? If tools were to enable smooth, tangent and corner properties for quadratic on-curve points, might there be better parity between cubic and quadratic outlines as productive drawing tools?
  • Re: At what point of the design process do you start digitising your drawings?

    I almost always work directly in my font tool, and very seldom draw on paper. If I do draw, it is typically just a very rough sketch, often quite small, to help form the shape in my mind.

    I second everything Chris has said about practising seeing. A lot of type design is looking at what you've made and figuring out why it is wrong.
  • Re: How do you handle the finances of a project?

    I begin every project quizzing the customer about their needs, because generally they have only partially determined these. I try to build as complete a brief as possible, both in design and technical terms, with the focus on documentation of the proposed glyph set. This is a lot of work, typically undertaken speculatively unless the customer has specifically requested my consultation and agreed to pay for this upfront work. I like to prepare in this way so that neither the customer nor I have nasty surprises during the project, and I can therefore price the work both accurately and competitively. I quote design (glyph creation and spacing) on a per glyph basis, making distinction between base, composite, and derived glyphs (derived glyphs would be technically not composites, but based on existing glyphs, e.g. /Hbar/. Other work, such as kerning, OpenType programming, mastering, and testing are quoted based on time estimates.
  • Re: Macron on Top

    That's certainly a valid approach. As illustrated, though, it works best with a fairly long macron. Smaller marks can appear optically unanchored.