Nathan Willis | 21 Apr 21:35 2015

Looking for some weird UFO samples

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for some real-world UFO fonts to stress-test a utility with -- in particular, anything that has particularly large .GLIFs or GLIFs with lots and lots (LOTS) of layers.  Suggestions?

Ana Isabel Carvalho | 24 Mar 14:14 2015

Announcing Libre Graphics magazine 2.3: The Type Issue & CFS for Issue 2.4

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     Announcing Libre Graphics magazine, Issue 2.3
      Call for Submissions for Issue 2.4: Capture

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ANNOUNCING Issue 2.3 of Libre Graphics magazine: The Type Issue

We’re very pleased to announce the long-awaited release of Libre
Graphics magazine issue 2.3. This issue is guest-edited by Manuel
Schmalstieg and addresses a theme we’ve been wanting to tackle for some
time: type design. From specimen design to international fonts,
constraint-based type to foundry building, this issue shows off the many
faces of libre type design.

With the usual cast of columnists, stunning showcases and intriguing
features, issue 2.3, The Type Issue, given an entrée into what’s now and
next in F/LOSS fonts.

The Type Issue is the third issue in volume two of Libre Graphics
magazine. Libre Graphics magazine is a print publication devoted to
showcasing and promoting work created with Free/Libre Open Source
Software. We accept work about or including artistic practices which
integrate Free, Libre and Open software, standards, culture, methods and


Data capture sounds like a thoroughly dispassionate topic. We collect
information from peripherals attached to computers, turning keystrokes
into characters, turning clicks into actions, collecting video, audio
and images of varying quality and fidelity. Capture in this sense is a
young word, devised in the latter half of the twentieth century. For the
four hundred years previous, the word suggested something with far
higher stakes, something more passionate and visceral. To capture was to
seize, to take, like the capture of a criminal or of a treasure trove.
Computation has rendered capture routine and safe.

But capture is neither simply an act of forcible collection or of
technical routine. The sense of capture we would like to approach in
this issue is gentler, more evocative. Issue 2.4 of Libre Graphics
magazine, the last in volume 2, looks at capture as the act of
encompassing, emulating and encapsulating difficult things, subtle
qualities. Routinely, we capture with keyboards, mice, cameras, audio
recorders, scanners, browsing histories, keyloggers. We might capture a
fleeting expression in a photo, or a personal history in an audio
recording. Our methods of data capture, though they may seem commonplace
at first glance, offer opportunities to catch moments.

We’re looking for work, both visual and textual, exploring the concept
of capture, as it relates to or is done with F/LOSS art and design. All
kinds of capture, metaphorical or literal, are welcome. Whether it’s a
treatise on the politics of photo capture in public places, a series of
photos taken using novel F/LOSS methods, documentation of a homebrew 3D
scanner, any riff on the idea of capture is invited. We encourage
submissions for articles, showcases, interviews and anything else you
might suggest. Proposals for submissions (no need to send us the
completed work right away) can be sent to submissions@...m.

*The deadline for submissions is May 11th, 2015.*


Libre Graphics magazine
 <at> libgraphicsmag

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Femke Snelting | 7 Jan 11:54 2015

Call for Participation: Libre Graphics Meeting 2015


On behalf of the local organizing team in Toronto, and the program team: We welcome your font related
presentations and workshops for the tenth edition of LGM :-)



*Libre Graphics Meeting 2015: Beyond The First Decade*

The tenth annual international Libre Graphics Meeting 2015 will take place 29 April – 2 May 2015 in
Toronto, Canada.
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, 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.

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
* Reports, use-cases, best practices
* Talks that show the accomplishments and strides that Libre Graphics has made in its first decade and what
it can do next

Available formats (times include Q&A):

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

*State of the Libre Graphics Union*
We will kick off the event with a joint session that sums up all  things that have happened in our wide
landscape over the last year.  Instead of slots in the schedule for general updates on each and every  Libre
Graphics project, we invite you to submit a maximum of two slides,  showcasing new abilities and/or text
enumerating the leaps forward  that your project made.

*Special focus: Beyond The First Decade*
Because 2015 marks the tenth edition of LGM, the focus this year is on the past and future of Libre Graphics.
We have a special interest this year in projects that show where Libre Graphics has been, what distances it
has travelled, and where it might go in the next ten years. We welcome submissions representing the broad
ecology of Libre Graphics, from full-fledged software packages, to artist-built scripts, to art and
publications, and even the cultural touchstones and issues present in Libre Graphics communities.
We’re looking for talks, workshops and other events that show the accomplishments and strides that
Libre Graphics has made in its first decade and what it can do next.

Dave Crossland | 19 Sep 01:07 2014

Fwd: [OpenType] AAT Spec Updated

Good :)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "John H. Jenkins" <>
Date: 19 Sep 2014 00:53
Subject: [OpenType] AAT Spec Updated
To: <listmaster <at>>

Message from OpenType list:

I know this is slightly off-topic for this list, but it may be of interest to some of the people here.

Apple has recently published an update to its Apple Advanced Typography spec. This includes documentation for some recently introduced tables such as 'ankr', 'kerx', 'meta', and 'sbix'. The URL of the updated spec is:

We're still in the process of ironing out problems after a complete format overhaul. If you have any questions or note any errors, you can send email to

Updates to the AAT Font Features Registry and Font Tool Suite should be available within a few weeks.

List archive:


Robert Martinez | 14 Jul 22:59 2014

BundesSans & BundesSerif license?

In case anybody on this list knows if something can be done about a
thing that bothers me; Can my government [1] commission the creation of
a font and not have the rights for it? I'd love to see a big OFL stamp
on it.

The font license says:
'Copyright (c) 2011 Juergen Huber, Martin Wenzel'

Here is what those authors say:
'... The project was to cover all communication issued by the government
and their ministries, online or offline, national or international. It
was a demanding and interesting task. Though we were accustomed to
working on projects like these for corporations, we were now asked to
design “for the people” ' [2]



Dave Crossland | 27 Mar 15:54 2014 type conference in 28+29th November

FYI :)


EST | IPCA, Barcelos, Portugal

28 and 29, November, 2014

26 and 27, November: workshops


10th JUNE

The 5th Meeting of Typography is organized by the Design Department of
the Superior School of Technology (EST) of the Polytechnic Institute
of Cávado and Ave (IPCA) and is being held in Barcelos, Portugal.

This year’s meeting takes it’s theme – UBIQUITOUS – from the
typography’s quality of existing everywhere, or almost everywhere, in
it’s diferent contexts and aplications.

The main objective is to stimulate the dissemination, reflection and
discussion about typographic research and development on a national
and international scale. To do so, we will have a program that
includes the participation of researchers, practitioners, teachers and
students and their investigations or professional experientes
dedicated to typography.

Paralel to the presentations program, there will be invited keynote
speakers with an excellence path in the constantly evolving world of
typography, as well as a discussion panel, an exhibitions, workshops
and social events.

We aim to combine investigation, education, and professional activity,
as well as contribute to a rich cooperation and sharing of creative
ideas within the typographic community.


The organization of the 5th Meeting of Typography, with the subject
ubiquitous, calls for submission and presentation of originals short
papers or posters, academic contributions and/or professional in
various application of typographic contexts:

Typeface design

Typography and Identity

Typography and media technologies

Education, history and critical studies on typography

Typography and its contexts

More information in our website:

The accepted papers and posters will be published in electronic format
online, with ISBN.


Until 10th of June > Call for papers and/or posters. Deadline for
submission of proposals for short papers and/or poster

Until 31th of July > Notifications of acceptance. Communication of
acceptance of proposals with or without recommendations for

Until 22nd of August > Final versions. Delivery of the final versions
of papers and/or posters

Until 15th of August > Early bird egistration. Registration in
workshops and conferences

26th to 29th of November > 5thET, Barcelos, Portugal

More informations: 5et@...



Keynote speakers

Peter Bil’ak

Gerry Leonidas

Dave Crossland

Workshops, 26th 27th, November

a) Letterpress & bookbinding*

b) Collaborative Type*

c) Crafting type (Dave Crossland, Natanael Gama, Joana Correia)

Meeting of Typography, 28th 29th, November

Keynote speakers

Discussion panel


Poster exhibition

Typewalk Barcelos


Social program

Closing Dinner

*To be confirmed

Catarina Silva


Dave Crossland | 14 Mar 08:04 2014

Smashing Magazine on Free Fonts

Nathan Willis | 4 Mar 03:26 2014

Internet Archiving

Hello fellow librarians,

I have a semi-out-of-the-blue idea to pitch to the group about OFLB.  I've tossed it around with a couple of people in private conversation, and I think it's worth looking into, so I want feedback from the interested parties as a whole. 

Back in December, I was thinking about how the OFLB site tends to grow in fits of activity followed by long pauses, and I think part of the reason for that might be that we rely on the site to do a wide range of different services, so keeping them all running smoothly at once isn't as easy as it could be for a simpler service.

But probably the most important service we undertake is to provide a not-for-profit index and collection of all of the open fonts that we can find (and verify, of course).  Sometimes that's a tricky prospect because there are sources that are really different: individual type designers who don't publish their work anywhere else, one-off designs that come from projects not interested in ongoing maintenance, works for hire, etc.  Organizing that can be a big task.

It kind of struck me that we're attempting to do something similar to what Internet Archive does for public domain books, music, mailing lists, historical video, and so on.  Then I looked into how they organize things and discovered that they're already completely open to archiving all sorts of other collections -- in fact, they already do have a big free software collection, and a lot of uploads include open fonts ... it's just that they're in .zip formats without any special treatment of the metadata or presentation.  So I wondered if they would be somebody we could partner with to take on the "archiving" aspect of the OFLB site, and maybe reduce the overhead that the open font community volunteers do currently.

I checked around, sent an email, and they were super nice, essentially saying "sure, we can host your files, just like anybody else."  The advantage, of course, is that they do this upload, filter, DB, and index stuff all the time.  I asked their collections people and essentially any format that can be parsed, they can populate custom metadata fields on, and make all of it searchable.

So here's the idea in a nutshell: if we start a "collection" section for open fonts at Internet Archive, we can offload a good portion of the work currently being done by the OFLB CMS, and maybe the simpler part that remains will be easier to keep up to date.  We'd still be responsible for curating the content, just not keeping the servers going.

Obviously the question there is where do you draw the line; there are other aspects to the OFLB site and not all of them would be handled by the IA's server infrastructure (which is designed to optimize for its big collections).

The way I see it, right now the OFLB site does several things:

1. Indexes existing open fonts, including important metadata
2. Hosts the actual font files
3. Allows designers to "release" uploads of new versions of their fonts
4. Serves CSS webfonts
5. Has a wiki
6. Showcases new uploads/releases
7. Has a web font preview page for each of the library fonts

IA could definitely do (1) and (2); in fact that's right up its alley.  The question would be, if we moved those features to IA, would we still want to tackle the others?

I'm pretty positive IA cannot do (4) (the <at> font-face service); that's certainly important to a number of people.  I also don't think they can do (7); we could have uploaders generate static preview images -- in fact, we'd pretty much have to; you could script generating a preview image, but there's no way to automatically know what the "interesting" characters or features are to include.  Honestly, I don't think we really need to keep the wiki feature -- there are other places that could do that, and much of it pertains to things like Fontforge more than to OFLB itself.  But perhaps by letting someone else maintain the file hosting and indexing features, we could build a much lighter-weight site to tackle the remaining tasks, and have an OFLB site that's easier to maintain.

What do you think?  Even if we were to move file hosting to IA, we would by no means be eliminating the need for OFLB: finding, adding, and cataloging open fonts would still be very important; it's just that it'd be a different server.  Maybe a different login.

I'm sure I skipped over something really important; please ask.  But as a blanket statement, the IA folks I've talked to have been super helpful people, they have well-documented read and write APIs, and a well-managed Lucene-based search engine.  So I think just about any library task we cook up, they'd be able to handle on their end.