Irene Vlachou

Typeface Designer, UK

FauxGrec or how to design in 12 dimensions without losing your mind
A common issue with multiscript typography arises when a graphic identity, originally designed with only Latin in mind, is later extended to cover other scripts—more often than not, the fonts lack the necessary characters. FauxFoundry is a webfont service that provides on the fly fallback fonts when they are needed.
In this talk we’ll be focusing on the development of the Greek parametric font of Fauxfoundry. Fauxgrec is a 12 axes font based on the parametric model of TN. irene will explain the design process step by step and demystify parametric type design.

Irene Vlachou is a typeface designer working between Athens and Bristol. In 2004 she gained her Masters in type design at the University of Reading and since then she has been collaborating with international type foundries and corporations as a type designer and as a Greek type consultant. From 2013 to 2019 she was a senior designer and variable font expert at Type-Together (Protipo, Portada, Bree, Catalpa). Notable Greek work includes: Colvert (2012,, Parmigiano (2014, Typotheque) and Stratos (2018, Production Type). In 2017, in collaboration with Laurenz Brunner, she designed the Greek counterpart of the Documenta exhibition’s identity font, Bradford Greek.

In 2019, together with Laurence Penney, she launched FauxFoundry, a webfont service using variable font technology that provides automatic fallback fonts when the main font lacks characters. Since 2017 she has been participating in the Google Summer of Code on behalf of the Greek Open Source Community as a mentor on Greek typeface design.

Irene Vlachou
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