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4–7 September, 2019

Friday, 6 September | | Miraikan Hall

Talk | Presented in English

Building Hangul like an Architect: Utilizing Variable Fonts

As with Chinese and Japanese scripts, one of the biggest difficulties in developing Hangul fonts is the huge number of glyphs that need to be drawn. Fortunately, thanks to its scientifically based writing system, Hangul exhibits a predictable pattern and a relatively simple structure. Because of this regularity, designers have been able to systematize the way Hangul fonts are produced while leveraging technologies to develop fonts faster and in a more organized way. After conducting several experiments, Dohee Lee became fascinated by the idea that designing Hangul fonts is not unlike constructing a building. In order to handle 11,172 glyphs of Hangul, designers often take an architect-like approach: they carefully devise a system to maintain consistency across all glyphs. This can’t be done without sophisticated technology. Focusing on Smart Components and extensions in Glyphs 2, this presentation discusses how to categorize characters and how to create a Hangul development system. Lee will also present some recent experiments examining the potential of variable fonts as a font-making tool. This talk hopes to spark discussions between CJK designers and developers in an effort to find ways to lighten the burden of CJK script development—and thus eventually produce higher-quality fonts.