Font Developer, UK
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.
Natalia is a Font Developer at Dalton Maag. She has a background in graphic and communication design, and holds an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading. Since joining Dalton Maag in 2017, she has worked on various custom projects, including multi-script typefaces, designing Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, and Arabic. In addition to design, she works on all stages of font development, including hinting and engineering.