Most of my research has a practical purpose: to produce an effective, accurate font; to investigate and create new technical tools; to fill in gaps of understanding in me or in the type and computing industries. Some of my main interests:
- Minority language computing and publishing
- Legibility and readability
- Extended Latin and Cyrillic design, inc. diacritics
- The relationship between type and calligraphy
- Open source tools and workflows
- Sculptural lettering and its use in Christian worship spaces
- Italic type design, including non-Latin italics (what does that even mean?)
Very little of this research has been written up in formal papers, but here are two that may be of interest:
- Problems of diacritic design for Latin script text faces
- Balancing typeface legibility and economy: Practical techniques for the type designer
Some of my diacritics research, alongside technical demonstrations, are in a webinar I gave on Designing Diacritics with FontLab Studio 5.
I’ve given a number of presentations at type conferences on my research interests. See the About page for a complete listing.
My current focus is the italic design process. That research is being completed as part of a PhD programme at the University of Reading, England. More details can be found in my Research Proposal.