Typeface Design at Reading
In 2007 I completed a 12-month MA in Typeface Design at the University of Reading, one of a tiny handful of programs of its kind in the world. It was an extraordinary year, and has sent me off in an unexpected new professional direction researching an designing non-Latin typefaces. Please have a look at the work I have done at Reading, or head over to Flickr to see the Typeface Design at Reading pool.
My practical project for the MATD program is a family of OpenType fonts called Gina. Gina is a typeface with a robust texture and an extensive set of glyphs that have a distinct, legible appearance. The Gina family includes Greek and accented characters, mathematical symbols, alternate forms, italic and small cap styles, and more.
The Monotype 4-Line System for Setting Mathematics (February 2007) — A brief overview of the British Monotype Corporation’s technique for simplifying hot-metal composition of maths, including a description of technical modifications to the Monotype keyboard and caster as well as a look at Times 4-line Mathematics Series 569, the variant of Times New Roman created for the system. (Download PDF file)
Gina: Reflection on Practice (July 2007) — An essay describing the process of designing and producing Gina. (Download PDF file)
Three typefaces for mathematics: (September 2007) — A comparison of three typefaces designed specifically for mathematical use: Monotype Times 4-line Mathematics Series 569, AMS Euler, and Microsoft Cambria Math. (Download PDF file)
My classmates at Reading, like those before us have been and those after us will surely turn out to be, are a pretty talented bunch who did some great work. Have a look at our group specimen booklet, or our class website.
I’m very grateful to the Monotype Foundation for their generosity this year.