The Evolution of Font Management

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How did we get to where we are today with server-based font management? In this presentation, Jim Kidwell covers managing typography from the beginning at the NYC Font Management Symposium at the Fashion Institute of Technology, February 1, 2013.

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The Evolution of Font Management

  1. 1. THE EVOLUTION OFFONT MANAGEMENTPresented by Jim Kidwell
  2. 2. Agenda10:00 The Evolution of Font Management10:45 15 Minute Break11:00 Publicis Case Study11:45 Lunch12:45 Fonts, Licenses and Intellectual Property Law1:45 15 Minute Break2:00 Panel Discussion
  3. 3. THE EVOLUTION OFFONT MANAGEMENTPresented by Jim Kidwell
  4. 4. Agenda
  5. 5. Evolve to SurviveLinotype machines Letraset Phototypesetters
  6. 6. Macintosh + PC (r)evolution
  7. 7. Digital Font Formats•  Bitmapped•  PostScript•  TrueType •  TTC, Multiple Master, dfont, AAT, etc. •  OpenType
  8. 8. More Fonts, More Problems•  Limited disk space•  Limited system memory•  Printer fonts didn’t render well onscreen
  9. 9. Adobe Type Manager
  10. 10. Font Suitcases
  11. 11. Mac OS X•  Native onscreen PostScript rendering •  ATM no longer required•  Font Book application
  12. 12. Font Book
  13. 13. Windows
  14. 14. Windows 7 & 8
  15. 15. Single User Font Management
  16. 16. Modern, ProfessionalSingle UserFont Management
  17. 17. Modern Single UserFont Management
  18. 18. Modern Single UserFont Management
  19. 19. Modern Single UserFont Management
  20. 20. Modern Single UserFont Management
  21. 21. And… for Windows as well
  22. 22. Plug-in based font activation
  23. 23. Panel-based management
  24. 24. Server-based FontManagement
  25. 25. Font Distribution &Synchronization
  26. 26. Why Distribute &Synchronize?1.  Solve technical issues a.  Missing fonts b.  Incorrect fonts2.  Brand control3.  Font compliance
  27. 27. Workgroup Organization
  28. 28. Organize by User Type Production Design Editorial
  29. 29. Organize by Client Ford Macy’s Nike
  30. 30. Organize by Project Website Collateral Event
  31. 31. Font Compliance
  32. 32. Compliance throughworkgroup access
  33. 33. Compliance throughuser permissions
  34. 34. Extending Complianceto ALL users
  35. 35. Fonts and the Web•  Old problem•  The new solutions•  How to deal with it?
  36. 36. Previous font use on the web•  Design for end user’s machine•  About 12 “web safe” fonts•  Clunky & boring•  Text locked in images
  37. 37. The @font-face Revolution•  Browsers modernize•  @font-face tag•  Fonts can now be on web servers
  38. 38. The rub•  Fonts are licensed like all software•  Most fonts were not licensed for distribution on web servers
  39. 39. Web Font Solutions•  Type foundries sell new licenses & font formats•  Web font services
  40. 40. Web Design Process
  41. 41. Designing with Web Fonts•  License desktop fonts from foundry•  Plug-in for Photoshop
  42. 42. Evolution…
  43. 43. ResourcesFont 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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