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Episode 41 - Creating Your First Typeface                                     

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Abelardo Gonzalez joins us to discuss how he created his first typeface, open-dyslexic. His font is already getting strong traction among apps like Instapaper and large institutions. He talks about which apps he used along the way, how much he spent and what issues he ran into.

  • Apps used
    • started with app demos and fontforge
      • fontforge requires more time than I had. 
      • fontcreator was cool, cheap, but a little buggy. Messed up font smoothing.
      • FontLab is expensive, buggy, slow iteration, didn’t look like they offered any help.
    • switched to Glyphsapp
      • better workflow. Nicer.
  • Learning materials
    • great source of info was Google’s submission requirements for web fonts
    • exploring FontLab and reading the help file showed me things I should have been doing to maintain compatibility. 
    • Playing with other fonts as examples
    • Just doing it and figuring it out later.
    • Glyphsapp probably has the best tutorials out there
    • Adobe’s website
  • I’m still not perfect. Fixing spacing issues and kerning.

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