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Computers were irresistible to me, growing up in the suburban arcadia of south west England in the 90s. But being "good with computers" pointed towards the kind of life depicted in Dilbert, so in high school I dropped maths and physics for contemporary art and socio-linguistics.

Combining my interests in visual arts and computers led me to study BA Interaction Design at Ravensbourne College in London. By the time I graduated in 2006, I was fascinated with the potential of software freedom for graphic design and typography. I decided to free fonts.

I attended the University of Reading's MA Typeface Design programme and graduated in 2009. In my dissertation I related the history of the software freedom movement to type design. My student project Cantarell was included in the launch of Google Fonts and was chosen as the default User Interface font for GNOME.

2011-15 I consult for Google Fonts from locations around the work, participating in libre graphics projects like FontForge and Metapolator, and offering lectures on type design with libre software at Crafting Type.

I believe that anyone can learn to draw.
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haha.. seriously. I had to figure out that strange formula a few days ago myself.. it would have been so good to have known about it! to use it though it is nice to wrap it in a more readable function:

font-size: interpol( 150,16, 600,20, px);
line-height: interpol( 150,2.8, 600,3.3, ex);
// interpol( $min_width, $min_value, $max_width, $max_value, $unit_value)
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Ray Larabie posted this on Type Drawers (http://typedrawers.com/discussion/comment/22334/#Comment_22334), and this sounds awful familiar ;)

Type becomes even more abstract. Instead of storing type as vectors, instances or geometric parameters, type is an idea. You look at a poster. The poster looks at you. It examines your surroundings, your mood, your likes and dislikes. It designs appropriate typefaces and illustrations and designs the ideal poster just for you. The language on the poster changes as well as the tone of the ad copy based on your age and background. The software will have instant access to the history of typography, art and design. The system will be expert in designing and setting all scripts: Arabic, Cyrillic, Chinese etc.

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I think the evolution of automated type design will develop from targeted advertising. At first, design will dynamically change according to consumer preference. The layout engine will choose an existing, licensed typeface. It will create illustrations, modify and translate ad copy in order to generate an image. This will happen before 2020. The ads will look synthetic. Some consumers will be able to tell the difference between an ad designed by humans and a synthetic one. But advertisers will be intrigued, especially by the low cost and the ads will improve rapidly based on instant performance feedback. There will be no need to call a meeting to talk about how an ad is performing. The race will be on to create better, more convincing targeted ads. In 2022 the ads have been improving. The l;ayout, illustration and typography seems more creatively designed. Illustrations were once simple photo filters and clip art but will be able to mimic specific styles. A customer who loves Duran Duran may get an illustration in Nagel style with a layout reminiscent of the Rio album cover. A Garfield enthusiast will get a cartoon illustration paired with Cooper Black. But font selection isn't enough. To make these ads stand out, the software will need to learn how to do lettering. A human graphic designer modifies type and creates lettering. The software will need to do that too. First it's just kiss kerning. Then it's modifying ascenders and descenders. The it's setting type on paths and playfully filling counters. It will improve week by week. It will imitate 1990's grunge typography, art nouveau, 2010's retro. At first these will look like crude parodies but they'll improve quickly.

Meanwhile, this software will be generating ads in every language. Fully parametric type won't be required. It'll possible to keep using existing fonts and keep modifying them until the end of time. But the lack of font licensing fees will make automated type design very appealing. At this time, the pieces required to create automated type design will already exist. Then it's just a matter of putting the pieces together. I think that's precisely where the drive for automated type design will occur. The ultimate type design tool won't be driven by type designers. It won't come from Glyphs or Fontlab. It'll be driven by targeted advertising. If you think this scenario is off-the-wall, think about Monotype's recent acquisition [of Olapic for $130M http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160809005988/en/Monotype-Completes-Acquisition-Olapic ]. Are they nuts? No. I think they know what's coming around the corner.
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Parametric fonts for FontLab 5 lovers
Parametric Journey 02: A nice day spent coding (Part 2) with even more parametric tags and tricks for my old and beloved Fontlab V :) #FromTheFuture...
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Let's sync up at the end of Week 3 of 4 in Round 2
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This was posted 3 months ago; can't find any more from YC since, although I did find https://computinged.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/introducing-gp-a-general-purpose-block-language/
We’re excited to announce YC Research’s newest project: the Human Advancement Research Community (HARC). This came out of a conversation that started between Alan Kay and me more than a year ago...
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Let's meet an hour later than normal, for 1 hour, to review the week's progress on extensions and the next 3 weeks of raisins
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