Archive for May, 2011

Glyphs obtainable for Mac Font Editing

Monday, May 16th, 2011

While Adobe dominates most aspects of graphics making and publishing, there are a little areas where it has up till now to create a presence. One is in tools for the creation of 3D and the other is in typography. The latter is somewhat perplexing, as Adobe’s second product, after the success of its PostScript programming language, was digital fonts. The dense has been a major force in the advancement of font format standards and played a major part in moving the then-analog graphics industry to a digital workflow by developing a library of high-quality fonts, exemplified by the Adobe Originals line of commissioned designs.

With an open playing field, you might imagine that developers would have provided a large range of typographic tools by now, but that hasn’t been the case. So the entrance of Glyphs, from German developer Georg Seifert, is a welcome one, although the availability of a Windows version would round out the offering.

For a first liberate Glyphs is surprisingly complete and seems to go to considerable lengths to make the sometimes difficult process of font creation and editing as pleasant for the designer as possible. A good start is its combined text and drawing views, which allow users to draw shapes, adjust spacing, adjust kerning, compare font weights and glyph variations in the same sight mode, with letterforms displayed as live text before the font is exported. The program’s drawing tools have been created with type in intellect, with the developer claiming to give “the most advanced node features of any design application.” Other interesting features include accent generation; the capability to keep and compare glyph variations; elegant glyph names; simplified language sustains; easy multiple master creation, a scriptable open structural design.

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How to make fonts from my own handwriting

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

* This video explains the easy steps to make fonts from my own handwriting…

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New Releases Fontcases

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Bohemian Coding releases Fontcase 2.0 for Mac OS X

London, United Kingdom – Bohemian Coding today is proud to announce Fontcase 2.0, a major update to their Apple Design Award-winning font manager. In version 2.0 we have done a major overhaul of the interface, yet, people familiar with the first version will feel right at home. New features include Typedia integration and Typesetter; an amazing new way to preview fonts in any combination and on any website.

New Releases Fontcases

New Releases Fontcases

Fontcase’s main strength lies in the many ways you can preview fonts. Fonts can be viewed and compared as Display text – each font rendering a string of text, Body text, where each font renders a few paragraphs of body text, and Glyphs, where you can examine the individual glyphs contained in every font. Fontcase 2.0 integrates the previously separate Compare right in its main interface, making it easier to compare fonts from different families and genres.

Another pillar of Fontcase is its focus on metadata. You can set tags, genres, assign designers and foundries to any font. With this, sifting through thousands of fonts while you are searching for that perfect font is easier than ever. Fontcase 2.0 builds on an already strong foundation with full Typedia integration. Fontcase will now automatically fetch metadata for all your fonts from Typedia, a shared encyclopaedia of typefaces containing metadata for more than 1200 fonts.

Brand new in Fontcase 2.0 is Typesetter; a novel new way to preview fonts in any combination and on any website. The Typesetter can display any web page, text can be edited on it and you can apply any font from your Library to a particular piece of text. The Typesetter truly is the best way to see how fonts will look in an actual design, or how different fonts work together in different roles.

Together with Fontcase 2.0 we have developed an iOS companion app that works as a viewer for the Mac version. The Mac version will automatically send high-resolution previews of the selected fonts to the iPhone. The iPhone’s Retina display is the best way to see how fonts look in great detail.

In addition, we’ve gone to great lengths to make Fontcase 2.0 as fast as possible; scrolling, previewing, searching, skimming and activating fonts is now faster and more reliable than ever. We’ve done away with the SourceList on the left and redesigned the interface completely to fit this new way of working. Tags and Genres are now easier to browse before and our iPhoto-like font skimming has been extended to those as well. And wait till you see Fontcase in Full screen mode.

Feature highlights include:
* Collects all fonts in its own vault and carry it between Macs
* Beautiful streamlined interface
* Auto-activation
* Extensive metadata support and Typedia integration
* Typesetter; the best way to view fonts in action
* Excellent preview options

Minimum Requirements:
* Mac OS X Version 10.6 or higher
* 12 MB Hard Drive space

Language Support:
English

Pricing and Availability:
Fontcase 2.0 is available exclusive on the Mac App Store with an introductory pricing of $29 (USD).
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Bohemian Coding has been making Mac Software since 2008. The first version of Fontcase won an Apple Design Award. Bohemian Coding is run by Pieter Omvlee, who is living in London, UK. Other applications from Bohemian Coding are Sketch and Draw It. Copyright 2007-2011 Bohemian Coding. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, and i Pad are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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ASU New Uniforms Unveiled: Fonts And Forks For All!

Friday, May 6th, 2011

ASU Athletic Director Lisa Love kicked things off with the unveiling of the first two parts of ASU’s new brands. First came the proprietary font, ASU Bold. It’s an exciting, dynamic look. Or it’s just a slight tweak on a font you’ve seen a thousand times. We can’t tell.

Following the font, of course came the Fork. Fear the Fork. The Fork isn’t just for eating pasta. Fork it.

New Font Design

New Font Design

Fork related phrases were used to describe the new logo which is, a Fork.

“When I arrived at ASU six years ago I noticed we were an athletics program which featured different shades of maroon and gold, different logos, multiple fonts and uniforms,” Love said in a prepared
statement.

“There was a lack of real consistency with regard to our brand. This partnership with Nike, which began nearly a decade ago for uniforms, will springboard us to a new level of branding, giving us a coordinated universitywide focus that will support our aspirations as a high-performance athletic
organization.”

The uniforms came next in a flashy show that featured athletes from various programs coming on-stage in their new outfits.

The big addition, as rumored, was the black uniform joining the home white and road maroon. Sparky has indeed been replaced with The Fork. I guess Sparky wasn’t “high-performance” enough for the modern age.

Being old and resistant to change, I might not be the best judge of these fancy new “colors” and “logos”. Hopefully the kids love them because it’s all about the kids. It’s also about not spending any state money on the re-branding which is what the school reports.

“There were a handful of incidental costs, such as business travel and promotional campus signs that were paid for out of licensing revenues and local funds. No state taxpayer funds or tuition dollars were used.”

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