Author Archives: Tom Bigelajzen

Redesigning the blog

Hi there, I haven’t updated this blog in a while and most of the stuff here is REALLY outdated.

So today I’m starting to redesign it, using the Skeleton Theme by http://www.simplethemes.com/
Expect some updates soon.

11/11/12 Update:

OMG, I forgot how much I hate WordPress.
And PHP. 
Ugh.. and I thought I’ll finish this during the weekend… It won’t happen.

Backing off from the font design for now

I started the Hebrew for the Ubuntu Font project with a lot of enthusiasm and got great support from the local community, but I lost my drive and I must back off from this project for the time being.

Three reasons –

First, as far as I can tell the design and development is not yet open, and the sharing of knowledge and work process is not clear to me.

Second, Work, Work, Work… I can’t give this project the attention it deserves and don’t have the time to do redundant work (As long as the work process is not well defined, I can’t be sure I don’t).

Third, No offense DM people, but judging from some of the public talks I read it doesn’t feel like the design is going in a direction I want to take part of at this stage. It feels like there is no real understanding of Hebrew typography in the process (Again – No pun intended, just a personal hunch) and also I felt that there was a bit of a disturbance when I announced my little project, someones pride got hurt or something. I felt it between the lines in some of the  correspondence I had.

I don’t want this.

I want to wait till the smoke clears, maybe DM will give us the best font ever, maybe not.
This font will eventually be released under an open license, and if we won’t like it, we will change it. Or create another. Or just accept it.
Whatever the community will go for.

Till then, I’ll try to keep track and have my say in the design team’s blog and the issues on launchpad, but I won’t actively design my own version.

Font Progress Update

The Ubuntu Font Hebrew v0.8 Design PrototypeThere was some progress made this week, especially with fine tuning the letters and revising those letters I’m not so sure about.
The one letter I’m struggling with is Aleph (א), I can’t seem to find the right balance.

I got a lot of feedback and many good tips, thank you everybody 🙂
I’m doing my best to take them all into account.

I was trying to add some Hebrew glyphs to a font file, but the free font creation programs I tried (FontForge and the Demo of TypeTool) are not so friendly, it will take some more time to do.

Links to v0.8:
PDF file
Illustrator CS4 File

Ubuntu Font Hebrew Subset now has an issue on Launchpad

The Ubuntu Font Hebrew v0.8 Design PrototypeI opened an issue on launchpad and it was added to the Ubuntu Font Family Wishlist queue.

As an added bonus Mark Shuttleworth himself gave his blessing to this design effort (!)
It was a fun mail to start the day with 🙂

I want to quote one thing he wrote:

It *would* be useful if you could start building up a Hebrew community that can provide early and accurate feedback to DM when they start the Hebrew design process.

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Ubuntu Font, Last Update for the Weekend

Had a solid advance with the design this weekend, some more letters have been finalized (ג, ל, ת), others have better variants to choose from (צ, ש, ק).

But – I’ve got to a point where i need some more eyes to look at the design.

In version 0.7 I colored the glyphs that I’m not yet happy with their current form, or have some variants we need to choose from.
I also numbered the letters so It will be easier for non Hebrew speakers to point to a specific glyph.

Ubuntu Font Heb v0.7.pdf
Ubuntu Font Heb v0.7.ai