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Designing a Libre Font Specimen Book

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How eleven students (of HEAD Geneva) created a type specimen book in 5 days, featuring 200+ libre and open source fonts.

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Designing a Libre Font Specimen Book

  1. 1. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z designing a*libre*font* specimen*book Manuel Schmalstieg greyscalepress.com Libre Graphics Meeting April 12 20131 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  2. 2. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  3. 3. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z designing a*libre*font* specimen*book1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  4. 4. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z specimen books?1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  5. 5. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  6. 6. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  7. 7. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  8. 8. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  9. 9. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  10. 10. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  11. 11. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  12. 12. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  13. 13. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  14. 14. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z (+) many fonts (-) too little space (-) boilerplate text1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  15. 15. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  16. 16. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  17. 17. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  18. 18. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  19. 19. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  20. 20. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  21. 21. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z (+) lots of space (+) LARGE TYPE (-) few examples at paragraph size1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  22. 22. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z what we have: * great libre fonts * print on demand1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  23. 23. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z do it!1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  24. 24. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z feb. 18-22 2013: * first implementation at HEAD Geneva1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  25. 25. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  26. 26. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z rules: * use libre fonts * focus: body text * make an open book1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  27. 27. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z searching for a layout1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  28. 28. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  29. 29. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z searching for a source text1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  30. 30. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  31. 31. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  32. 32. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  33. 33. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  34. 34. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z «Dialogues françois pour jeunes enfants» Christophe Plantin (1567)1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  35. 35. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z find: * a real text * in the public domain * in french1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  36. 36. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z l’ève future1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  37. 37. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z l’ève future (1886)1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  38. 38. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z Auguste de Villiers de LIsle-Adam (1838-1889)1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  39. 39. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z Thomas Alva Edison1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  40. 40. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  41. 41. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  42. 42. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z published: 18861 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  43. 43. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z published: 1886 author †: 18891 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  44. 44. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z published: 1886 author †: 1889 public domain: √1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  45. 45. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  46. 46. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z word count: 85’3881 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  47. 47. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z word count: 85’388 /12 = 7115 words/pers.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  48. 48. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z at 500 words / specimen1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  49. 49. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z at 500 words / specimen = 15 specimens p. person1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  50. 50. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z doable!1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  51. 51. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  52. 52. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  53. 53. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  54. 54. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  55. 55. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  56. 56. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  57. 57. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  58. 58. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  59. 59. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  60. 60. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z * * * what worked * * *1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  61. 61. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z * we did the book1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  62. 62. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  63. 63. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  64. 64. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  65. 65. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  66. 66. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  67. 67. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z * we shared the sources1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  68. 68. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z * direct communication with type designers1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  69. 69. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z * engaged the school into a debate on open licencing1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  70. 70. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z * * * what didn’t work * * *1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  71. 71. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z * proprietary workflow and file format1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  72. 72. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z wrong assumption: * we can switch tools along the way1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  73. 73. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z actually: * it won’t happen * time pressure will cause lock-in1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  74. 74. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z lesson: * define tools and workflow from day one !!1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  75. 75. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  76. 76. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z * * * conclusions * * *1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  77. 77. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z * get the book * replicate * improve * collaborate1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  78. 78. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z to-do: *new iterations *more languages *different focus1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }
  79. 79. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z¡ muchas gracias !1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ( ; : ? ! $ ¢ £ ¥ & * ) { ö ü å ø ç }

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