David Březina—multilingual typography & typeface design

David Březina is a type designer and typographer, writer and lecturer, director of the Rosetta Type Foundry, and the impresario of the TypeTalks conference. You may know him as a designer of the award-winning type family Skolar. He has designed typefaces for Cyrillic, Greek, Gujarati, Devanagari, and various extensions of Latin.

Indic extensions for Skolar and work for Adobe

Indic extensions for Skolar and work for Adobe

I have updated the Design works section with three projects I worked on from 2012 to 2013. First, it is a typeface Skolar Devanagari I worked on with Vaibhav Singh. It got released a long time ago, but I somehow never managed to upload it here. Similarly, Skolar Gujarati, which is my own project (started as my student project). It is probably worth noting that both of these got awarded at the Granshan international type competition. And the latest update is Adobe Gujarati I designed for Adobe’s collection of Indic fonts and which was released last year. Probably my best Gujarati so far.

Presenting at ATypI conference

Presenting at ATypI conference

I will be presenting at the ATypI conference in Amsterdam this year to discuss the challenges on the crossroads of linguistics, typography, and computer science. The thesis is that multilingual type design is not only the drawing of nice lettershapes, it also deals with their optimization for output, that is, with typographic layout, and the demands of target media. Some of the challenges lie in extending the typographic repertoire of one script (i.e. writing system) with tools similar to those of another. Other challenges lie in adapting the scripts to a typographic system or to the limitations of certain kinds of media be it laser printing or rasterized screens.

Presenting at Smashing conference

Presenting at Smashing conference

I was invited to speak at the Smashing Conference in Freiburg (Germany) in September. I will talk about the mechanics behind developing larger type families such as the ever-growing Skolar type system and discuss approaches to making type families functional, easy to use, and cross-platform… and how to stay sane while doing that. But furthermore I would like to unveil quite a bit from Rosetta behind-the-scenes and show how we are rethinking the way we present and license typefaces to its beloved users and our journey to finding a better way of dealing with (web)fonts.

MyFonts interview

MyFonts interview

MyFonts interviewed Titus Nemeth, Vaibhav Singh, and me and presented several of Rosetta’s typefaces in their Creative Characters issue #71. Read about our studies, behind the scenes at Rosetta, development of several of our fonts, and more.

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