Tiro Typeworks

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.

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