At this year’s ISType, Laurence Penney and the Glyphs team will guide you through the creation of a font family as an OpenType Variable Font. And, find a great new Glyphs goody in the tote bag…
Workshop: Glyphs & Variable Fonts
Sunday June 11
10.00 – 16.00
Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer
- For whom?
Anyone interested in fonts. No prior knowledge of type design necessary.
MacBook with OS X 10.9.5 or later. Make sure the trial version of Glyphs 2 is installed. Download it for free from http://updates.glyphsapp.com/latest2.php. Workshop participants are eligible for a discount on the full app license.
All info on the workshop page
This workshop will introduce you to font family design with multiple masters. We start by sketching and digitising a handful of light letters. In a second step, we will create a bold counterpart for each letter, and start interpolating between the two. You will learn how to create and produce a font family, both as separate font files, and as a variable font.
In the afternoon we’ll start with a background on variable font technology, focussing on the OpenType 1.8 format. You’ll learn how it works at a deep level using developer tools. You’ll try variable fonts (including your own, made with Glyphs) in the interactive Axis-Praxis website, and make a new website that uses multiple instances of one variable font instead of many separate fonts.