FontAnvil is a script language interpreter for manipulating fonts. FontAnvil is substantially compatible with the PfaEdit/FontForge native scripting language, but FontAnvil is intended for non-interactive use; for instance, invocation from the build systems of font packages like Tsukurimashou. To better serve font package build systems in general and Tsukurimashou in particular, FontAnvil has no GUI and, to a reasonable extent, avoids dependencies on external packages.
We’re very pleased to announce the release of issue 2.2 of Libre Graphics magazine. This issue, built around the theme “Gendering F/LOSS,” engages with discussions around representation and gendered work in Free/Libre Open Source Software and Free Culture.
We invite you to buy the print edition of the issue or download the PDF. We invite both potential readers and submittors to download, view, write, pull, branch and otherwise engage.
In the world of F/LOSS, and in the larger world of technology, debate rages over the under-representation of women and the frat house attitude occasionally adopted by developers. The conventional family lives of female tech executives are held up as positive examples of progress in the battle for gender equity.
Conversely, pop-cultural representations of male developers are evolving, from socially awkward, pocket-protectored nerds to cosmopolitan geek chic. Both images mask the diversity of styles and gender presentations found in the world of F/LOSS and the larger tech ecology.
Those images also mask important discussions about bigger issues: is it okay to construct such a strict dichotomy between “man” and “woman” as concepts; how much is our work still divided along traditional gender lines; is it actually enough to get more women involved in F/LOSS generally, or do we need to push for specific kinds of involvement; do we stop at women, or do we push for a more inclusive understanding of representation?
This issue looks at some of the thornier aspects of gender in F/LOSS art and design. In discussing gendered work, the push for greater and greater inclusion in our communities, and representations of gender in our artistic practices, among others, we hope to add and amplify voices in the discussion.
Gendering F/LOSS is the second issue in volume two of Libre Graphics magazine (ISSN 1925-1416). Libre Graphics magazine is a print publication devoted to showcasing and promoting work created with Free/Libre Open Source Software. We accept work about or including artistic practices which integrate Free, Libre and Open software, standards, culture, methods and licenses.
To find out more about the purpose of Libre Graphics magazine, read our manifesto.
Tyler Finck’s helping his son sell his first font, and it is awesome. All the money earned goes directly to the kid’s savings account. Let’s share this, and buy copies, and show Jonah how great he is.
First Wave Font Democratisation
The text below pretty much speaks for itself. Bold highlighting and numbered footnotes in [square brackets] are mine; all the rest is as I received it. Some irregularities of spacing and punctuation, visible in the original email, aren't obvious in the HTML. Names of the students are redacted because (after finding several more copies on the Web) I imagine the students are relatively innocent victims of bad advice. Name of the institution not redacted because I hope others who receive such letters and look for them on the Web will be able to easily find this posting.
Despite very high speed winds we had some great aerial fun with Kuba & Vlastik at Rašovka yesterday. I’ve balanced the camera on the gimbal better and the vibration situation is better, but it does get shakies from time to time. I still belive you can get comparable shots with the gopro on the Phantom, but not when it’s windy as it was yesterday.
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I don’t recall having a January quite like this. And don’t mind at all.
I have been trying to get rid of the high frequency vibrations on my S800 without much success. To ease the pain, I created a little movie using the test footage. Viewing in HD advised.<iframe class="image full" frameborder="0" height="500" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/C-14tb9SIKk"> Watch on Youtube </iframe>
There are many great improvements to the App pages, where you can learn what the app is about and see it in action. Having a great overview of the apps showed just how many apps don’t seem to care about their identities or didn’t manage to attract any graphics designer and things aren’t all rosy.
We’ve identified some key apps that are either featured in individual categories or are part of a set that needs a facelift as a group, such as the GNOME games. Number of apps that publish proper appdata is growing, so the todo list probably won’t shrink any time soon. If you feel like helping us out, check out the guidelines and get in touch!
Some of you may have noticed the tagline on my newly redesigned website. Camera Pilot. Allow me to explain. Before I do that, however, I have to make sure you understand I’m no expert on these things. Even if the devices are amazingly cheap from a historical perspective, you probably want to do your own research before flying your expensive camera. You definitely don’t want to follow my footsteps on tech purchases ;)
Multirotor is another term for ‘drone’ which has a rather negative connotation in the media. It’s a radio controlled helicopter that doesn’t use a single big rotor with a blade that can slice you, but instead has three or more props that allow it to hover and move around. Like many, I was intriqued by the flying toy, Parrot AR Drone but I wanted to know more about the capabilities of the camera. I was absolutely not intersted in flying the thing. I was interested in getting aerial shots.
I bumped into something called DJI Phantom when googling around. I got instantly hooked. My wife can testify I have a disposition for that kind of behavior.
What it essentially is, and what I bought it for, is a flying Gopro camera. The great thing about it is that you really don’t need to have any prior piloting experience. It couldn’t be easier to fly. Not only does it level itself and doesn’t crash immediately, thanks to a GPS module and altitude sensors, it really can stabilize itself in 3d space, fighting elements. If you let go of the controls, it will keep the same altitude and it will try to remain static, despite of its current momentum or wind conditions. It behaves more like a car or boat, rather than something that shares space with birds. You can take a breather. You can answer a phonecall. You can shake hands with the person (or a policeman in case you’re in the US or UK, because inevitably you’ll be looking suspicious there) that came to ask about the cute thing.
Trust me, people will want to chat with you. Normally, nobody ever approaches me, as I maintain my tough guy image. There isn’t a time when somebody doesn’t stop and ask about range, cost and flight time as soon as I take off now. If, for some reason, you lose the connection to the craft (transmitter is part of the package), it is able to come back to the take off location and land itself autonomously as long as it has a GPS lock.
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What starts with fun toy, soon turns into a serious slippery slope as you’ll be extending the craft with a video transmitter so you can fly FPV (first person view), looking into an LCD panel or goggles. Flying a few meters away in plain sight is one thing, but once you get a taste of FPV, there’s no going back. If you’re intersted, I suggest listening to this Flite Test podcast episode with an icon of FPV, Raphael Pirker.
When shooting 60 frames per second, the footage can be stabilized in software, but things look a world different if you have the camera mounted on an active gimbal. You can get a perfect gopro gimbal from DJI, it’s going to cost you. They just dropped the price down by almost a half, but it’s still more than $350. If you can survive an extra wire or two and some weight (might actually be worth 1-2 minutes of flight time), you can get a decent alternative. Only today I have received a very well made Tarot 2D gimbal, that does still need the USB link to the gopro instead of the neat backside port, but looks pretty clean and compact otherwise. I’ll give it a spin soon.
Luckily one doesn’t really have to have a single DIY bone in the body to enjoy building quads. It doesn’t require a bigger skillset than building PCs. You probably can’t get away from soldering a wire or two, but apart from that it’s all about connecting components. The only skill is finding cheaper alternatives to the rather pricey (but honestly very well made) DJI counterparts. Big downside is the waiting. Buying parts from chinese vendors on ebay is the closest thing to getting your Christmas presents delivered by a deity. By the time the stuff arrives, you have absolutely no recollection of it and are genuinely surprised. A true Überraschung! Apart from ebay, I usually get components from RCtimer and Hobbyking.
As you’ll be carrying a lot of gear around, carrying cases are quite useful. I ended up using an IKEA plastic box for replacement parts, tripods and stuff that is unlikely to break. Model specific cases are crazy expensive, you can easily spend as much as I did for the kit for just a case for it. Pelican cases are the standard for when you need weather proof rugged travel safety, but they are expensive and very heavy. I went (in a typical fashion) for a clone. Farnell sells a Duratool D00468 that nicely fits the Phantom, batteries and a radio. Unless you lifted the skids to fit a bigger gimbal that is.
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I am a big fan of machines with a purpose. Things that don’t resemble a “computer”. For now I have an agile small flying camera (DJI Phantom) and a super stable giant rig serving as an “infinite crane” (RCTimer S800R). I left out my last chopper for some other time as it not only involved most DIY time, the most crashes by far, but also boldly returns to the land of free software and open hardware, which is likely to strike a tone with people reading this. Check back soon!
Sriracha, a documentary by Griffin Hammond, with @finck’s Ostrich Sans everywhere. The Los Angeles Times says its the hottest movie of 2013. Get it? It looks awesome.
My explanation and thought on various italics. Actually, I only wanted to do the MJ illustration and ended up adding this redundant text.
Awesome, creative music video for Ophelia from @octochamp using Ostrich Sans. Well done.
We now have some nice documentation! Check it out:
CT instructor Thomas Phinney answers on Quora:
What is the advantage of having a custom typeface for a corporation? Additionally, once a typeface is created, what is the best way to deploy this throughout the corporation and third party vendors?
Cost savings can indeed be noticeable, depending on the size of the company and number of users. You won’t be tempted to restrict who gets the fonts to save money, which is an unfortunate potential side effect of traditional font licensing. (See also notes on licensing, below.)
You get a unique brand appearance. If your company’s brand has to do with being just like somebody else (or everybody else), that’s not useful. But if like most brands you want to be distinctive, part of that equation can be using a truly unique typeface that nobody else has.
The typeface can be developed/customized to your needs in terms of functionality, special characters, language support, whatever. As long as you make sure you own all rights, it can be added to and modified in the future as your company grows and evolves. You usually can’t do that with off-the-shelf fonts (except for open source ones).
You avoid licensing problems by owning all rights (make sure you do so!). Traditional font licenses often have surcharges or additional licensing required not only to give to printing vendors and partners, but to embed the font in an ebook, or use it for live text on your web site.
On your second question: What Sébastien describes in his response are written brand guidelines. They tell you how to use the company’s logo, typeface, color palette and other elements together to create a consistent brand image across all media and documents. Everybody producing visible work for the company should have access to (and be forced to actually use) the brand guidelines. There might be a simplified subset for people who are just using Office type apps, and such apps might get some custom templates….
The internet, every now and then, throws up great surprises—The Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center at University of California, Santa Cruz makes available scanned images of over 200 book, magazine and journal covers designed by Satyajit Ray. Covers such as this one for the book Khai Khai written by his father, Sukumar Ray.
The collection includes about two dozen and a half covers of the literary and cultural journal, Ekshan, founded by Nirmalya Acharya and Soumitra Chatterjee. For every issue of Ekshan, Ray drew or wrote the journal’s name afresh.
There are also close to forty covers of Sandesh, the children’s magazine started by his grandfather, Upendrakishore Ray, in 1913, run later by his father and uncle and revived by him in 1961 after 27 years of being of going unpublished.
Satyajit Ray’s calligraphy, lettering, illustration and graphic design works keep making an appearance on the internet, but this is the most comprehensive online resource of its kind that I have found till date. All the images for this post were sourced from this collection and it can be accessed in its entirety here. For those looking for some context to see these images in, Jayanti Sen’s Looking Beyond: Graphics of Satyajit Ray would be well worth the read.
Sorry about that! We hope to run another in SF in the summer! :)
Please post the issue on github - https://github.com/fontforge/fontforge/issues/new - so the FontForge community can help :)
CT Instructor Thomas Phinney writes at work,
You can do awesome stuff with OpenType layout features, in those fonts and browsers that support the features you want.
MATDs and PhDs in “all-hands-on-deck” session at Salfords
I am sure now everyone should be happy with Lohit Devanagari and Lohit
Gujarati releases. While looking back i see we have achieved objectives
planned  during the start of project. Its time to move towards other
scripts. Though Bengali, Gurumukhi, Tamil looks low hanging fruits we
want to fix bit more challenging scripts as well.
We started thinking on what we can do in Lohit Malayalam in last
month. After couple of weeks of analyisis we found there is good scope
for improvement in Lohit Malayalam.
Basic improvements as we done in Devanagari and Gujarati
1. Following AGL. 
2. Supporting points provided in Unicode chapter 9 for Malayalam script.
3. Feature file separate for flexibility and reusability.
4. Complete cleanup of existing Open type tables
5. Supporting both "mlym" and "mlm2" open type specifications.
6. Thorough testing with Harfbuzz and Uniscribe (WinXp, W7 and W8)
Other fonts specific improvement.
7. Presently Malayalam font has 281 shapes out of that we figure out
71 (+5/6) shapes are irrelevant. We can achieve these shapes with glyph
positioning and intelligent glyph substitution rules without affecting
fonts aesthetics and quality.
8. We have some pending bugs on bugzilla  as well
As we planned earlier making Lohit fonts most efficient and
effective is our primary objective. 
Bit ambitious to say right now but i want make Lohit as a lightest
Malayalam modern script fonts.
Sneha has already started working on lohit2  git repo for
Malayalam font development.
If you are looking any other suggestions or improvement in Lohit,
feel free to propose here.
Exciting news: Crafting Type is coming to San Francisco, at a very special location - Font Shop International!