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David Březina


David Březina is a Czech type designer and typographer, writer, lecturer, the impresario of TypeTalks conference, and co-founder and director of the Rosetta typefoundry. He got Masters degrees in Informatics (Masaryk University, Brno) and Typeface Design (University of Reading, UK). From 2004 to 2007 he also ran his own design studio, with projects in graphic, web, and interface design. He has been giving various type workshops around Europe (notably at the University of Reading).

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.

Rethinking type experience

Tuesday, 10th – 11:20

Designers use type families all the time, but what is the logic behind developing larger type families such as the ever-growing Skolar type system? In this talk, David Březina will discuss approaches to making type families functional, easy to use, and cross-platform... and how to stay sane while doing that. But it is not only the design alone that contributes to the whole type experience. David will show how Rosetta is rethinking the way typefoundry presents and licenses typefaces to its beloved users and a journey to finding a better way of dealing with (web)fonts.

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