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Font Engineering

With Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer: Spring 2024

This course will introduce you to font engineering over a span of 2 months and 24 hours of teaching. You will understand how an OpenType font works internally, be able to make adjustments to a .glyphs file, manipulate a CFF and TTF post-export, produce variable fonts, as well as track down and fix technical issues. Some experience in Glyphs and basic Python skills are expected (a parallel Python workshop is available free of charge to students of this Font Engineering course!). The course is taught in English.

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Course structure
(classes take place at 6–8pm UK time)

  • Session 1: May 7: Setup, OpenType specification and fonttools/ttx in the Terminal
  • Session 2: May 9: name table: family naming, style linking
  • Session 3: May 14: OS/2, head and hhea tables: special focus on vertical metrics, fsSelection
  • Session 4: May 16: OTVAR production (STAT, fvar, avar and gvar tables)
  • Session 5: May 21: OTVAR production (STAT, fvar, avar and gvar tables)
  • Session 6: May 30: OTVAR production (STAT, fvar, avar and gvar tables)
  • Session 7: June 4: fontbakery: passing the adobefonts tests
  • Session 8: June 6: Writing your own tests (fonttools, fontbakery) for OpenType binaries
  • Session 9: June 13: Writing Terminal commands for post-production (fonttools)
  • Session 10: June 20: Pre-export engineering (.glyphs files)
  • Session 11: June 25: Pre-export engineering: outlines (plus outline conversion)
  • Session 12: June 27: Pre-export engineering: components & reusing shapes

Course materials and projects
Participants are required to prepare for each session with recommended reading and pre-recorded videos (doable within an hour). Throughout the course, sample tasks will be given as homework. You’re encouraged to collect and submit questions before the course. Homework tasks, prepared content, and submitted questions are discussed in live sessions.

Capacity
The course is open to a maximum 25 participants. This ensures ample time for individual student feedback.

How will it work?
The course will use the latest software in order to set up a virtual classroom and a resource centre for the course materials. Participants will need to join the weekly sessions via a Zoom link. A stable internet connection is required, as well as the latest Glyphs software on a Mac. macOS 11 or later and Glyphs 3 are recommended. We will install FontTools/ttx at the beginning of the course.

Fees and registration
The course fee is £990 + 20% VAT (if applicable) and is non-refundable. Participants are exempt of VAT if registering as an EU business. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]



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