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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 …

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