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Dave Crossland
Works at Understanding Limited
Attended Reading University Typography Department
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Font Consultant
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    Director, 2006 - present
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I free fonts
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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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  • Reading University Typography Department
    MA Typeface Design, 2007 - 2009
  • Ravensbourne College Of Design And Communication
    BA (Hons) Interaction Design, 2002 - 2006
  • Arts Institute at Bournemouth
    Art & Design Foundation, 2001 - 2002

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This is meant to be a presentation and a conversation. First, Peter Sikking presents and discusses Metapolator from a product, users and interaction design point of view. This includes: the vision that the Metapolator project has for future type design workflows and practice; demystifying parametric type design; how the future of type design could be […]
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From http://typedrawers.com/discussion/comment/22862/#Comment_22862
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well that makes me feel good first thing in the morning:
I skim over the discussion and immediately know the core pillars of the solution that can deal with this problem. Also when folks start digging and the number of use cases starts to grow exponentially (font use is infrastructural).

None of the solution is in that discussion, btw.

+Dave Crossland: I am happy to work out and specify a solution for one of the companies involved. can you hook me up?
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I'll be there :)
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must say I also feel again like going to Nancy
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TruFont Issue Triage for run up to 0.6.0
Wed, August 24, 7:37 PM
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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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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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Like a hacker from the movies! I bet he's breaking into a firewall or something.
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Mid-way review of Round 3
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Google Fonts Excellence Round 3 Mid-Way Review
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