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Typeforge Project Description

This project focuses on the development of complete fonts using Fontforge, and Type Design Documents on how to design fonts from scratch to an advanced level.
It aims that everyone involved can and will learn more about typography and type developing in a collaborative method. It will provide the fonts and the font files regularly to users, developers and anyone with an interest in type.
What are you waiting for? Get involved! Register now!

It is also a good provider of general type related information and news as well as an excelent links resource. Check out the Links Section.

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Typeforge Collaboration Scheme


We are in constant need of collaboration – Type Design, Font Testers, Critics and Document Writers. Your collaboration is precious. Why donĀ“t you Get Involved? Register an account to start participating and start enjoying all the bennefits!

To find out how you can help out or get the most out of this project, pedamado [at] gmail [dot] com.

  • Type Design – Someone who can use Fontforge (or wants to learn to use this or other program like Fontlab) and works with our font files improving, redrawing and/or questioning our designs.
  • Font Testers – Someone who wants to tryout our fonts, create type specimens sheets our use it in odd jobs.
  • Critics – “Everyone is a critic!” Not interely true, but… someone who is interested in type design and who can produce construtive critic about our designs, website or just do general type critic.
  • Document Writers – Last but not least. Document Writers (almost everyone who will join the project) is someone who can add some kind of contribuition to the website. Discover new links to the Links Section, Create How-to Documents, Create Design Tips… etc. If you have something usefull to say about type design it should be here!

Objectives

The main goal of this project is to design usable typefaces in the most professional way using open source software (Fontforge) an learn how to design type professionally in the making. The secondary objective is to make all this happen in a collaborative way. So what are you waiting for? Get Involved – Register now.

Phase One
– A working type specimen

  • Uppercase hinted “skeleton” to test proportions;
  • Get it right to use on screen and to serve as central “light weight” hinted guidelines;


Phase Two – A full working typeface

  • Numerals;
  • Diacritics;
  • Hints;
  • Lowercase;
  • Hints;


Phase Three – A full working font

  • First Multiplemaster Axis – weight;
  • Produce an Uppercase, Lowercase, Numerals and Diacritcs hinted “skeleton” to test proportions – this should be relatively easy if the central “light weight” arg. 1.1 works well;
  • Get the hints right (by now this should be easy);


Phase Three
– Completing the font

  • Second Multiplemaster Axis – Width;
  • Produce an Uppercase, Lowercase, Numerals and Diacritcs hinted “skeleton” to test proportions;
  • Get the hints right;


Phase Four
– Getting the familly toghether for dinner!

  • 2 Axis Multiplemaster – blend it and hope everything works out;
  • Generate 5×5 Opentype matrix font(s).
  • Repeat it all over and over again until there is a solid knowledge on type design and use of Fontforge. Maybe this thay will come in under 2 years time?

Phase Five – Expanding the familly.

  • Create new typefaces (Historical or New)
  • Repeat it all over and over again until there is a solid knowledge on type design.


About

Right now the project is Administered only by me (Pedro Amado). Nevertheless we accept all collaborations. So what are you waiting for? Get Involved!

This is a project that “evolved” from the old website – LiveType Project (Sourceforge). But, in order to avoid legal issues, we had to change it’s name to Typeforge and update the website structure to support multi-collaborations and an upcoming forum.

Project Admins:
Pedro Amado [PT]
pedamado [at] gmail [dot] com

(Originally published on 2005-11-08)