Ubuntu title font improvements

Registered by Michiel Sikma on 2006-06-20

The Ubuntu title font is slightly messy and will require some cleaning up. The amount of nodes need to be reduced to a minimum. There are also other problems such as the kerning not being perfect and the shapes of some letters looking out of place (such as the numbers, which dwarf the rest of the font).

Original Post:
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-art/2006-June/002166.html

Blueprint information

Status:
Started
Approver:
Ubuntu Artwork Team
Priority:
Undefined
Drafter:
None
Direction:
Needs approval
Assignee:
Ubuntu Artwork Team
Definition:
New
Series goal:
None
Implementation:
Started
Milestone target:
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Started by
Michiel Sikma on 2006-08-16

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Andy Fitzsimon has provided us with an updated Ubuntu Title font.
Improvements welcome.

There is also a derivative with some diacritics added. (See the French LoCo forum entry: http://forum.ubuntu-fr.org/viewtopic.php?id=14743)

Another much richer derivative here: http://betatype.com/node/5

Updated version with diacritics and symbol characters: http://betatype.com/node/19

-- To the author: Perhaps providing a link to a full screenshot on the wiki or something would help to make your case -- please offer a selection at a higher point size too. Great work. Also, a screenshot showing the splines via Inkscape or like tool might be nice to have a sample of to show how much cleaner your version is compared to the rather 'alpha' version by Fitz. -- troy_s
-- To the rest of the artwork team, if you can find any bugs stating issues with the title font, could you please cross link them to this specification. We could then work to getting the revised typeset into place. -- troy_s

1 Jan 2008 – I've posted a more complete cut, this time including the "source" FontLab (not open source, sorry) file along with the build script I use to author the OTF and TTF files. This version not only includes many more diacritics, but includes OpenType features such as small caps, small cap numerals as well as some alternate characters. I have also polished the spacing and added kerning, which was missing from previous versions.

Font files and source:
http://betatype.com/node/36

Printable table showing complete character set:
http://betatype.com/system/files/ubuntutitlefont_characterset.pdf

Alpha numeric characters showing outlines and control point placement:
http://betatype.com/system/files/ubuntutitlefont_nodeplacement.pdf

– christian robertson

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