Posts in Category "Conferences"

October 17, 2013

Take it from Dr. Knuth: “The world of type is in good hands.”


Dr. Donald E. Knuth, esteemed Professor Emeritus at Stanford University and inventor of the TeX typesetting system, was awarded the third Dr. Peter Karow Award for Font Technology and Digital Typography at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam. The 57th annual conference of the Association Typographique Internationale, held October 9–13 at the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky on Dam Square, drew hundreds of delegates from around the world.

The award was presented to Dr. Knuth on October 12 by its namesake, Dr. Peter Karow (URW); David Lemon (Adobe); and Frank E. Blokland (Dutch Type Library). Held during ATypI’s gala dinner at the Krasnapolsky’s Winter Garden, the presentation took place before an enthusiastic crowd well acquainted with the contributions Dr. Knuth has made to contemporary typography and computer programming. After feasting on an extravaganza of all things typographic, the awards presentation gave ATypI attendees a chance to celebrate the historic achievements and charming personality of one of the world’s greatest—and most beloved—computer scientists.

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October 15, 2013

Lasting Impressions: Adobe gives away Hamilton keepsakes at AIGA


Everyone can do simple things to make a difference, and every little bit really does count.”

—Stella McCartney

In late August, Adobe Type team members Miguel Sousa and Nicole Miñoza met up with Richard Kegler and Carima El-Behairy of P22 type foundry during TypeCon2013 in Portland to discuss the release of HWT Gothic Round. Their mission was twofold: they wanted to do something special to showcase the nearly-lost antique typefaces Miguel and his colleagues Frank Griesshammer and Paul Hunt were digitizing for the Hamilton Wood Type Foundry. Steadfast supporters of the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, they were determined to increase awareness about the HWT revivals project and its venerable namesake institution.

The quartet knew that, once introduced to the typographic riches housed within the museum, the greater creative community would fall in love with the Hamilton just as they had. Abiding by the mantra that the simple things are often the best things, they came up with a quiet way of spreading the word that would speak volumes.

They settled on the concept of producing a letterpress note card—blank on the inside, with beautiful typography on the front and just a small line of text on the back that would mention the revivals project and point readers to the website to learn more about HWT and the Hamilton Museum. Based on their happy experience at TypeCon, the convivial group figured there could be no better audience for a typographic keepsake than the creatives who would flock in droves to the next big design event in the US: the biennial AIGA conference (held last week in Minneapolis).

With time tight, the production immediately kicked into high gear, and when Nicole saw their vision realized a few weeks later, she was thrilled with the results. The charming cards were designed by Rich Kegler to match the conference theme—HEAD, HEART, HAND—and printed by Jen Farrell of Chicago’s Starshaped Press. Jen also wrote a terrific article unveiling the process of printing the keepsakes.

As Adobe was a presenting sponsor of HHH13 (the event’s Twitter hashtag), there were plenty of HWT cards on hand to distribute at our booth. To no one’s surprise, attendees loved the cards—especially the lucky ones who got inky at the letterpress workshop led by the Hamilton’s fabulous Moran Brothers and hosted by Studio on Fire in Minneapolis.

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September 24, 2013

Highlight: Dr. Donald E. Knuth

As we announced last week, Dr. Donald E. Knuth was unanimously chosen to receive the third Dr. Peter Karow Award for Font Technology & Digital Typography. It would appear that we are not alone in thinking Dr. Knuth is rather amazing—since the award announcement, we’ve heard from his colleagues, friends, and fans from around the globe, congratulating the jury on making such a wise choice. Since Dr. Knuth is such an accomplished gentleman and scholar, we couldn’t limit his story to a single post. We’re delighted that Barbara Beeton, bug collector (aka TeX entomologist) for Dr. Knuth, was willing to share another chapter in his long and storied tale.


Dr. Donald E. Knuth is best known as a computer scientist, author of The Art of Computer Programming (often referred to by its acronym, TAOCP). A monumental undertaking originally projected to comprise seven volumes, TAOCP is intended to be an exposition of everything known about the subject. When Volume 1 was published in 1968, it was composed using the time-honored Monotype process, notable for its suitability for technical material.

The TAOCP project progressed smoothly for three volumes—published in 1968, 1969, and 1973—but advancements in the subject matter soon overtook the writing. When, in 1978, a second edition of Volume 2 was required, the Monotype was unfortunately dying out, replaced by newfangled “photocomposition.”

Dr. Knuth looked at his photo-typeset proofs in horror. Gone were the elegant text and math displays that exemplified a fine technical publication. In their place were pages full of words and symbols that, except for the use of typographic fonts, may as well have been prepared on a typewriter. This is not how Dr. Knuth felt his work should be presented to the world. He decided to take a break from writing and devise a method of harnessing zeros and ones to replicate the quality he knew possible from his experience with Monotype composition. Dr. Knuth guessed it might take six months, or at the outside, a year.

In the end, it took about ten years to create TeX (the composition software), Metafont (a program for creating fonts for use with TeX), and a collection of the fonts he needed to produce TAOCP, as well as a new approach to writing computer code—“literate programming.” Continue reading…

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September 17, 2013

Dr. Donald E. Knuth to be honored with third Dr. Peter Karow Award during ATypI Amsterdam

Dr. Don KnuthAdobe, in partnership with the Dutch Type Library, is pleased to announce that Dr. Donald E. Knuth has been named the recipient of the Dr. Peter Karow Award for Font Technology & Digital Typography.

This prestigious award was established in 2003 by the Dutch Type Library (DTL) as a means to celebrate visionaries who have made exceptional innovations in the development of digital type and typography-related technology.

The inaugural award was presented to its namesake, Dr. Peter Karow, at the third DTL FontMaster Conference held near Den Bosch, The Netherlands, in 2003. Dr. Karow, one of the founders of URW Software & Type GmbH, invented Ikarus, the spline-based type design and production software developed to convert typefaces and logos from photographic film into scalable digital fonts and symbols.

The second Dr. Peter Karow Award was presented to Thomas Milo at the Type[&]Design 2009 Conference in The Hague, the seat of the Dutch government. Thomas Milo and his DecoType team were honored for the Advanced Composition Engine (ACE), a revolutionary typographic technology designed to solve the formidable Arabic script shaping, kerning, and line layout challenges (ACE sits at the heart of the WinSoft Tasmeem plugin for Adobe InDesign Middle Eastern). The ACE font layout engine pioneered the “smartness” needed to support scripts that require a more thorough technology than their Latin counterparts. The Dutch government was represented at the award ceremony.

The third Dr. Peter Karow Award has been unanimously awarded to Dr. Knuth by this year’s jury: Dr. Karow, Thomas Milo (DecoType), David Lemon (Adobe), Peter Rosenfeld and Dr. Jürgen Willrodt (both URW++), and chairman Frank E. Blokland (DTL). Continue reading…

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January 22, 2013

Adobe type design workshop, India 2013

For a second year, Adobe is proud to be one of the sponsors of the Indian Institute of Technology’s Typography Day, this year at their campus in Guwahati. In connection with this event, Paul D. Hunt of the Adobe type team will be presenting on the process of developing Adobe’s newest non-Latin font offering: Adobe Gurmukhi.

This year, Mr. Hunt will also be hosting a three-day type development workshop directly after the conference in Guwahati from 11–13 March, 2013. The workshop location is currently slated for Guwahati, however if there is not enough interest at this location or if there is more interest for a workshop in Delhi, the location is subject to change. Therefore applications are now being considered for both Guwahati and Delhi and the final workshop location will be decided by popular response. This workshop is targeted at helping to foster local type designers and engineers within Indian subcontinental region and will thus be limited to persons residing in this area.

The workshop is intended to be an in-depth review of the font development process to assist typeface designers in taking their design and font development skills to the next level. Whether you are a novice who wants to turn letter drawings into type, or you have had some experience designing and developing fonts, this workshop will present a range of topics that will help you to improve the technical quality of your font output. During this workshop series Mr. Hunt will demonstrate general type design principles using FontLab Studio 5 and the Adobe Font Development Kit for OpenType (AFDKO), however these principles will also be applicable to other type design environments.

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August 13, 2012

TypeCon2012: MKE SHIFT

This is a brief summary of my experiences as an attendee at this year’s TypeCon in Milwaukee.

My arrival to Milwaukee on Wednesday night was followed by immediate degustation of Milwaukee brats and beer; which is a promising start for any type conference. It is a great idea to start the main conference with a keynote in the evening because it gives people a chance to do some sightseeing and squeeze in some type-related activities before the events kick off. Continue reading…

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April 13, 2012

TYPO San Francisco

TYPO San Francisco Main Stage

Last week, the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts was the venue for TYPO San Francisco. TYPO is a series of conferences organized by FontShop, and is well known for its annual installment in Berlin, where designers from all over the world have the chance to talk to a large, interested audience. This concept has recently been exported to London; San Francisco was the first TYPO to be held outside Europe. Obviously, this venture was a success, as initial attendance expectations were exceeded – the event attracted designers from all over the country. Continue reading…

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April 11, 2012

India type tour 2012

Industrial Design Centre at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Industrial Design Centre at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Hot on the heels of Todd Macfie’s report on Type Camp India, which I was privileged to attend in December 2009, I decided to publish my experiences from my most recent trip to India. It has been just over two years since I traveled to Chennai for my first visit to India. As part of the Type Camp group, I was there very much in the capacity of learner to study the Tamil script and to document its forms with my own amateur photography.

However, my return trip was to focus on imparting some of the knowledge that I have attained in the intervening years since my initial visit. In particular, I was honored to be able to present at Typography Day 2012. It was an inspiring event to see the state of the art in India in terms of typography, publication design and typeface design. I was somewhat surprised at how much type design was showcased at this conference, which I fully expected to be more focused specifically on typography. It was encouraging to me to see many students active in learning the essentials of type design.

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April 3, 2012

Robothon 2012 talks

An impossible glyph, containing both PostScript and TrueType hints.

The Robothon conference in The Hague is always an exceptional event, bringing together designers and developers interested in the technical aspects of type design. While it is a great opportunity to meet people and exchange ideas, it is also a place to hear about the latest developments in type technology. This year, many presentations focused on hinting, two of which were presented by members of the Adobe Type Team. Continue reading…

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March 6, 2012

On Keyboard Layouts

An ANSI keyboard.

At the ATypI conference 2011 in Reykjavík, I gave a talk entitled “Pitfalls of Pi fonts.” This presentation was the culmination of a project that involved the creation of keyboard layouts for all of our dingbat fonts. The ultimate purpose of this project was the desire to replace obsolete Type 1 (T1) fonts with more current OpenType fonts (OTFs), which was necessary for various reasons, the most important of which being that T1 fonts lack proper Unicode information. On another hand, this shortcoming in the T1 font format was also its greatest advantage: virtually all the glyphs were easily accessible from the keyboard.
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