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Jasper de Waard


Jasper de Waard
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  • Re: Needlephabet

    Yes, all improvements! I would go for U 2, though the curvature could be a bit smoother
  • Re: Separate language codes for different Englishes

    Quote mark standards, opening and nested

    „Afrikaans, Dutch, Polish”
         ‚Afrikaans, Dutch, Polish’

    „Bulgarian, Czech, German, Icelandic, Lithuanian, Slovak, Serbian, Romanian“
         ‚Bulgarian, Czech, German, Icelandic, Lithuanian, Slovak, Serbian, Romanian‘

    »Danish, Croatian«
         ›Danish, Croatian‹

    «Greek, Spanish, Albanian, Switzerland, Turkish»
         ‹Greek, Spanish, Albanian, Switzerland, Turkish›


    “American English, Irish, Portuguese”
         ‘American English, Irish, Portuguese’

    ”Finnish, Swedish”
         ’Finnish, Swedish’

         “French” or ‹French›



    I would classify the use of quotes in the abovr scheme in Dutch as old fashioned, most current Dutch media would opt for the 'English' version, and both are correct. My point: these things are subject to fashion, so perhaps ill-suited to code into a typeface.

  • Re: Two more cases against pirates

    Not that I would advocate this kind of behavior, but it looks as if including a strange clause in the EULA and then sueing could be more profitable than selling 'normally'. That's really something to be avoided, and the only option I see is greater transparancy and simplicity in EULAs, across the whole market. Standardized EULAs, such as Fontspring offers (I believe?), can avoid the kind of distrust typeface designers may suffer, when/if sueing for an income becomes normalized.
  • Re: Dutch IJ with dots

    @John Savard
    Now there's an interesting hypothesis. Complexity of spelling's correlation with social inequality. Question is: how could we ever establish what is consequence and what is cause?

    Regarding the fij-problem:
    I may be able to speak for the younger generation. An fi ligature followed by a j, as in fijn, does look a little awkward. However, in many typefaces an unligated fi sequence will also look awkward, so the choice is one of two evils. Personally, I would opt for the ligature, since it stands out less than the excess whitespace that may be caused by an unligated fi. The best option (for this particular problem) remains an f that doesn't require a ligature. One could make such an f to be used only in the fij instance, but I suspect that would look awkward again.
  • Re: Farro—a joyful, whimsical display typeface

    One thing that becomes apparant in the text setting is that it's spaced too tight.

    And don't bother about the tittles when designing punctuation. They will usually have similar shapes, but can have very different sizes.