What does font production mean?

For instance (from a Klim Type Instagram post):

[...]
Design: Kris Sowersby
Engineering: blancotype
Production: fostertype
[...]

What exactly did fostertype do?

Comments

  • George ThomasGeorge Thomas Posts: 561
    Drew all the paths, all the basic work.
  • yes, what @George Thomas stated. From what I understand Dave Foster often works with Klim Type by completing outlines and fleshing out the character set. I'm sure he also does more than just outlines though. He is sometimes mentioned in the Design Information blog posts on Klim's website, in particular for the outline work in Domaine Sans Fine. 
  • Ori Ben-DorOri Ben-Dor Posts: 318
    But I guess Kris draws outlines too, so he would draw the core glyphs / key masters and Dave would complete the glyph set / polish up interpolated styles? Something like that? I'm just trying to get a sense of how the work might be divided between a designer and a producer. 
  • That's the assumption I always had. Speaking from my experience, I extend the glyph-set of Tiro Typeworks' typefaces which are often the intellectual property(IP) of John Hudson and/or Ross Mills. So I undertake production work similar to what Dave Foster is probably doing at Klim.

    I've always seen a Font Producer as a person who fleshes out a character set and takes direction from the Director or person(s) who own the IP of typeface in question. Like everything involved in type design it's often takes many creatives working together to deliver the completed work, so designating titles to every person involved gets complicated. 
  • Ori Ben-DorOri Ben-Dor Posts: 318
    I think I get it now.
    Thanks, Paul!
  • John HudsonJohn Hudson Posts: 2,064
    Speaking from my experience, I extend the glyph-set of Tiro Typeworks' typefaces which are often the intellectual property(IP) of John Hudson and/or Ross Mills. So I undertake production work similar to what Dave Foster is probably doing at Klim.

    It isn’t a term we use at Tiro, though, I think because I wasn’t ever sure where production ended and engineering began, whereas some foundries seem to have quite clear delineation of tasks and roles. It’s all ‘font making’ to me.

  • Speaking from my experience, I extend the glyph-set of Tiro Typeworks' typefaces which are often the intellectual property(IP) of John Hudson and/or Ross Mills. So I undertake production work similar to what Dave Foster is probably doing at Klim.

    It isn’t a term we use at Tiro, though, I think because I wasn’t ever sure where production ended and engineering began, whereas some foundries seem to have quite clear delineation of tasks and roles. It’s all ‘font making’ to me.

    I agree in that the line is blurred when it comes to tiro work. And I’m sure the same occurs in other foundries. 

    The examples I stated were purely simplifications to get the point across. 
  • Ori Ben-DorOri Ben-Dor Posts: 318
    Thanks!
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