Scripts have always fascinated font users. More personal than conventional typefaces, they infuse typographic communication with humanity and emotion. Designers of early scripts in metal type were mostly concerned with creating the perfect letter connections. Nowadays digital type designers try to make scripts look as if they were written by professional letterers, by programming intelligent features into OpenType fonts.
scripts, font technology, type design, history, OpenType
A little over eight years ago graphic designer Yves Peters started reviewing type in his Bald Condensed column on Typographer.org. In August 2008 he put his graphic design career on the back burner, freeing him to concentrate on his writing and related activities in the digital type business. Yves currently edits The FontFeed, a daily dispatch of recommended fonts, typography techniques, and inspirational examples of digital type at work in the real world; and Unzipped, his blog on the FontShop BeNeLux home page. He also is an accomplished drummer with British/American/Belgian pop/rock bands Rosa Luxe*, Troubleman, Grand Theft and The Secret Reggae Band. Yves’ talent for being able to identify most typefaces on sight is utterly useless in daily life.