Chicago Font Symposium - The Evolution of Font Management

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From the earliest days when the first fonts crawled out of the digital slurry, we’ve needed tools to round them up and whip them into shape. In this session, we’ll explore where we’ve been, the issues surrounding fonts in creative workflows, the current tools available, and how to explore your options.

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Chicago Font Symposium - The Evolution of Font Management

  1. 1. THE EVOLUTION OF FONT MANAGEMENT Presented by Jim Kidwell
  2. 2. Agenda
  3. 3. Linotype machines Letraset Phototypesetters Evolve to Survive
  4. 4. Macintosh + PC (r)evolution
  5. 5. Digital Font Formats •  Bitmapped •  PostScript •  TrueType •  TTC, Multiple Master, dfont, AAT, etc. •  OpenType
  6. 6. More Fonts, More Problems •  Limited disk space •  Limited system memory •  Printer fonts didn’t render well onscreen
  7. 7. Adobe Type Manager
  8. 8. Font Suitcases
  9. 9. Mac OS X •  Native onscreen PostScript rendering •  ATM no longer required •  Font Book application
  10. 10. Font Book
  11. 11. Windows
  12. 12. Windows 7 & 8
  13. 13. Single User Font Management
  14. 14. Modern, Professional Single User Font Management
  15. 15. Modern Single User Font Management
  16. 16. Activation States
  17. 17. Library Organization
  18. 18. Multiple Preview Types
  19. 19. Detailed Font Data
  20. 20. Searchable
  21. 21. Plug-in based font activation
  22. 22. Panel-based management
  23. 23. A little Fontspiration
  24. 24. And… for Windows as well
  25. 25. Server-based Font Management
  26. 26. Font Distribution & Synchronization
  27. 27. Why Distribute & Synchronize? 1.  Solve technical issues a.  Missing fonts b.  Incorrect fonts 2.  Brand control 3.  Font compliance
  28. 28. Workgroup Organization
  29. 29. Organize by User Type Production Design Editorial
  30. 30. Organize by Client Ford Macy’s Nike
  31. 31. Organize by Project Website Collateral Event
  32. 32. Font Compliance
  33. 33. Font Licenses •  Typeface designs cannot be copyrighted •  Fonts are licensed as software
  34. 34. Compliance Strategies
  35. 35. Compliance through workgroup access
  36. 36. Compliance through user permissions
  37. 37. Extending Compliance to ALL users
  38. 38. Fonts and the Web •  Old problem •  The new solutions •  How to deal with it?
  39. 39. Previous font use on the web •  Design for end user’s machine •  About 12 “web safe” fonts •  Clunky & boring •  Text locked in images
  40. 40. The @font-face Revolution •  Browsers modernize •  @font-face tag •  Fonts can now be on web servers
  41. 41. The rub •  Most fonts were not licensed for distribution on web servers
  42. 42. Web Font Solutions •  Type foundries sell new licenses & font formats •  Web font services
  43. 43. Web Design Process
  44. 44. Designing with Web Fonts •  License desktop fonts from foundry •  Plug-in for Photoshop
  45. 45. Evolution…
  46. 46. Resources Font Management Best Practices: Single User & Server-based •  www.extensis.com/fmbpg Web Font Plug-in for Photoshop •  webfontplugin.com Connect on Twitter •  @extensis •  @webink •  @jimkidwell

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