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.
There 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:
Illustrator CS4 File
I 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.
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
Just a quick update:
I got some good tips from Maxim Ioresh (Creator of the Culmus Fonts Project) and had some insights of my own regarding some of the glyphs.
I am much more confident now that the design will be completed real fast.
Ubuntu Hebrew Font 0.6 – PDF
Ubuntu Hebrew Font 0.6 – Adobe Illustrator
On October 10th Ubuntu will launch it’s new version “Maverick Meerkat” and with it a new free and open source beautiful font simply called the Ubuntu Font.
Many foreign glyphs, and specifically Hebrew glyphs for this font are scheduled only for the next Ubuntu release (Natty Narwhal) on April 2011. Continue reading