David Březina is a type designer and typographer, writer and lecturer, director of Rosetta typefoundry, and the impresario of the TypeTalks conference. You may know him as a designer of the award-winning type family Skolar. So far, he has designed typefaces for Cyrillic, Greek, Gujarati, Devanagari, and various extensions of Latin.
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
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 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.
TypeTalks3 in Brno
We are doing it again! Your favourite type symposium will be held on 6–7 September 2013, in Brno. And there is an information graphics workshop just before that. I am very proud of the lineup, solid and diversified. Do come!
In its third edition, the TypeTalks symposium is coming back to its hometown, Brno. Expect great atmosphere, a small event with friendly colleagues, and great speakers who have something to say. A day full of proper lectures will be preceded by an ultrademocratic evening of extrashort presentations (aka TypeShorts™) and an infodesign workshop. The conference is international in its scope and a great majority of the speakers will present in English.