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OpenType and You (yes, you!)

Thursday March 27th, 2008 by Kelly Guimont

Fence FontI came across a nice analysis of OpenType from Hoefler & Frere-Jones where they talk about the pros and cons of moving to OpenType. Part of the Font Management Best Practices talk that I give talks about the different types of fonts, and while I would love to get in-depth about the different flavors and open up a whole discussion about that, most of the time I only get an hour for the whole thing so I have to speak briefly about each type of font and then move on.

Most importantly they are not Adobe or Microsoft (responsible for the OpenType standard) but they are a foundry with a lot of knowledge and experience so it feels less like you’re being sold a whole new set of fonts and more like someone who just knows a lot more than you is laying it out the way it is.

I am thrilled to pieces about OpenType, mostly because at my house we have both Mac OS and Windows in varying flavors and with OpenType I can make certain that anything I’m working on will look the same no matter what machine I’m at. I don’t have to worry about making sure the same font is available in a Windows version and I don’t have to worry about matching up pieces of PostScript either. OpenType strikes me as a very obvious thing that should have been done ages ago. I’m glad it finally happened.

If you want to know more, you can check out Seneca Design’s list of OpenType resources, and some neat and interesting tips from CreativeTechs about OpenType and things you may not have known it could do.