Typographic consultant (2001).
Font production, software development and multilingual research.
In 2001, I spent six months in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, working with Tiro Typeworks. Tiro is a font developer that excels in multilingual type design projects. My major assignment was the design and development of an automated font production process for the FontLab typeface design environment using the Python programming language. The production process I created helped Tiro complete a large font customization and mastering project for one of world’s leading font manufacturers. The project involved the design and addition of custom euro symbols to 500 fonts from the client’s typeface library. In addition to developing the production process, I also designed some of the euro symbol glyphs, and took responsibility for mastering the digital font data.
I was also involved in numerous smaller projects. During my stay in Vancouver and later I consulted on some diacritic character of international typefaces Tiro developed. I helped Tiro streamline and document the production process for screen-optimized TrueType fonts with embedded bitmaps, as well as developed custom software applications for the FontLab environment.
In July 2003, I participated in the work of the XML Font working group at the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, U.S., where an international industry recommendation for expressing digital font data in XML was developed.