Joana Ranito

Font Developer, London

A Git-based Workflow for Collaborative Font Making

Collaboration plays a major part in the type industry. But the logistics of collaboration aren’t always simple. Files get overwritten, work gets lost, and if we want to go back to a specific point in the project timeline, we can only hope we saved a new file and kept it in the archive.
Git has been one of the standard version control systems for software developers for a long time. Its use is becoming more widespread within the type industry and it can address many of the issues of collaborative font making, including those that arise from remote working.
In this talk, we will look at the Git and UFO-based workflow we have developed at Dalton Maag. We’ll explore its benefits, the challenges that come with it, and the practices we have in place to address them; with the goal to contribute to an open conversation of workflow methods within the industry, and collectively improving our ways of working.

Joana first became fascinated by Type Design during her Communication Design studies at ESAD Matosinhos, Portugal. Also interested in UX and Interface Design, she worked as a web designer and front-end developer early in her career. 

She graduated from the MA Typeface Design at the University of Reading in 2017, where she pursued her interests in North-Indian and endangered scripts. As a Font Developer at Dalton Maag, Joana now works on all stages of font development, from ideation to release, as well as design, hinting and font engineering. She has worked on a variety of custom projects, including multi-script typefaces, designing Latin, Greek, and Bengali.

Joana Ranito
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