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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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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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This was a really great presentation at TypeCon by the Adobe Type team about how they have experimented with a 'release early, release often' approach to type design:

https://vimeo.com/143575965
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Nice presentation indeed. I can't help but notice that for "feedback" from the users and designers, they praised Behance. Although all the good exemples they showed afterwards come from Twitter or the typekit blog (which runs on Wordpress). That's also interesting. :)

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Beginning in the mid-1970's fonts had just become digital outlines in expensive computer systems at foundries and large printers were using high resolution bitmapped renderings of those outlines as the fonts in proprietary hardware and software systems for elite publishers.
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Looks like Font Bureau is developing metapolator-like variation in RoboFont :)
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The best part of talking to users of free software directly is that you get wrapped into a warm, fuzzy blanket of kindness and gratitude :)
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Whoa easy on the legal recourse there. Btw did that person actually read the part of the gpl that says the software is provided as is and is not fit for a specific purpose. Smh. Some humans....
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Submission deadline: January 10!




Libre Graphics Meeting 2016: Other Dimensions

http://libregraphicsmeeting.org

The eleventh annual international Libre Graphics Meeting 2016 will take place Friday 15th until Monday 18th April 2016 in London, UK. This yearly event is an occasion for teams and individual contributors/artists involved in Libre Graphics to work together, to share experiences and to hear about new ideas. By Libre Graphics we mean Free, Libre and Open Source tools for design, illustration, photography, typography, art, graphics, page layout, publishing, 3D modelling, digital making and manufacture, cartography, animation, video, interactive media, generative graphics and visual live-coding. The Libre Graphics Meeting is not just about software, but extends to standards, file formats and actual use of these in creative work. LGM has become the place in which they can discuss their projects, coordinate their efforts and, crucially, to meet in person. Participants in the LGM include developers, designers, academics and activists from around the world, who are all passionate about Free /
Libre graphics software and technology.


State of the Libre Graphics Union

We begin each meeting with a joint session that brings together all things that have happened in our wide landscape over the last year. So, instead of slots in the schedule for general updates on each Libre Graphics software project, we invite every team present at LGM to submit two slides (maximum), with a short explanatory text that showcases the leaps forward that has been made over the past year. For first-time presenters and particular big or new topics/features in established projects, we encourage additional stand-alone submissions.

Special focus: Other Dimensions

In Toronto we celebrated the first decade of LGM, reflecting on the past and considering the future. For the 2016 edition of LGM we continue speculating and will expand Libre Graphics into Other Dimensions. We are looking for presentations and workshops that explore the dimensions of space and material: 3D modelling and animation, Libre architecture, Open Source product design and other fields of digital making and manufacture. We are also seeking contributions that offer reflections on the 'other dimensions' of open source communities and that engage with FLOSS tools in various contexts including but not limited to teaching, learning, practice and co-production. This represents a desire to address the future sustainability of the Libre Graphics movement, through a growth of the core projects and topics that will, we hope, allow us to welcome more and more FLOSS projects and participants to our community.

We are looking for:

* In-depth presentations of Libre Graphics code-contributions
* Showcases of excellent work made using Libre Graphics tools
* New and experimental projects in this area to meet the wider community, including those in the field of 3D design and making
* Reflections on the activities of existing open source communities in either the production of Free, Libre and Open Source tools or their use

Available formats (times include Q&A):

* Entry for State of the Libre Graphics Union (1-2 slides)
* Presentations (20 minutes)
* Workshops (1 or 2 hours)*
* Birds Of a Feather (BOF), discussion meetings or Hackathons (2 hrs or more)
* Lightning talk (7 minutes, selected at the event unconference style)

Practical Details

Submission deadline: 10 January 2016, content selection notification by end of January 2016.

http://libregraphicsmeeting.org/2016/call-for-participation/
http://libregraphicsmeeting.org/2016/submit-proposal/
Lightning Talks can be proposed at the event itself; submissions for State of the Libre Graphics Union are organised through a separate call and BoFs, discussions and hackathons can always be organized ad hoc but by submitting them here we can announce them in the public program.
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Dalton Maag is hiring font engineers
Communications Lead. Dalton Maag is recruiting for a Communications Lead (CL) at its office in South London to develop and manage its external communications. The Communications Lead will devise, develop, and execute communication plans. They will lead the creation of and coordinate the ...
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Love the interpolation videos :)
GT Eesti is a characterful geometric sans serif
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@igrigorik is it possible to pick & choose types of metrics, kind of like the net panels allows all/xhr/img/etc.? Leo Zhang · 9h9 hours ago. Leo Zhang @chiqing. @igrigorik I don't understand how the nesting works here. Wouldn't the `{` ... `}` break the javascript syntax?
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https://github.com/simoncozens/Callipers/blob/master/README.md

Looking forward to seeing the lsd version of Metapolator :)
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Trippy!

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Can CPS express this kind of thing? :)
Just a concept: Is it a good idea to create a “procedural” type design software:
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The thread at typedrawers I mean.
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