Type@Cooper - Font Production

Font Production

with Andy Clymer

Wed., Jun. 14 – Wed., Jul. 26, 2017
6:30PM – 8:30PM
location: On campus

Building a font file that works isn’t always as easy as choosing “Generate Font” from the File menu. In this course students will explore how a font works, and end up with a better understanding for what goes on under the hood to make a collection glyphs operate as a family of type.

Over the course of eight weeks topics will range from writing and testing OpenType features, using the Python language to build simple tools to automate repetitive tasks, optimizing fonts for use on screen, understanding how a font's tables of data work for naming and font info and hacking at these tables to fix problems that come up during font testing and production.

Requires a Mac laptop with RoboFont installed. Students are expected to already be working on the design of a new typeface in RoboFont.

Instructor: Andy Clymer

Font Production
Andy Clymer is a typeface designer and developer at H&Co. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design from San Diego State University and a Master of Design degree in type design from the Type & Media postgraduate course at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Art) in The Hague, Netherlands. While in The Hague, Andy was influenced heavily by the notion that type designers have had for centuries of building one’s own tools for the job — mechanical bits and pieces, historically, and now bits and pieces of software. This carries through into his role at H&Co where he contributes both to the design of retail and custom typefaces and to the software that helps produce them. Since joining H&Co in 2005, Andy has worked on Vitesse, Forza, Ideal Sans, and more recently, spearheaded Operator and Obsidian.

• Andy Clymer
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