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Are Swiss watchmakers really f*cked?

Posted: 12 Sep 2014 09:44 PM PDT


So the iWatch is here, or Watch, as they call it. Honestly I’ve been a bit disappointed as I was expecting a real game-changer. Jony Ive was quoted saying that “Swiss watchmakers were f*cked”, so I did think that he had something amazing to show.

Don’t take me wrong though, as for every Apple product, the design is good, the technology seems to kick ass, and the marketing and the launch went quite good too. However, with this watch Apple is entering a new and entirely different market. In the computer, phones or tablets markets, Apple products are considered as “high end”, and if you extend a little, as “luxury” products. The watch market has been established for very long, and in that world Swiss watches are synonymous with luxury.


On the other end, electronic watches are usually considered as a kid or geek watch. So Apple might occupy the top spot of the higher end of this market, but I highly doubt it will take the Swiss watches spot.

In short, I simply think that the Watch will do great, but I don’t think it will really hurt most Swiss watch makers. What do you think?


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3 professional tools to create your own typeface

Posted: 12 Sep 2014 09:20 PM PDT

As a graphic designer, creating and publishing fonts has always been something I wanted to do. While I was studying, I would often take a day to make a handwritten font, but I never found the time and courage to create a really good font, one that takes more time and dedication. If you do find that courage, here are the tools you could use to publish your font.

1. Glyphs

Glyphs is known as the font editor for everyone. It helps you to modify existing fonts, sculpt your letterforms hassle free and moreover, it also helps you to create a brand new font. It has a capability to turn your design into an enjoyable process via its integrated interface for drawing, spacing and kerning.

Adding new functions to Glyphs is easy as the whole system is well documented. It is scriptable using Python. If you want to create some amazing new web fonts then here is the good tutorial for you.


2. Fontlab

FontLab is a powerful tool to create robust, commercial-quality fonts that works on both OS X and Windows. You can fine-tune everything from OpenType features (advanced typographical features like small capitals) to manual TrueType hinting (for superb rendering on screen) with this tool. Workflow can be automated with Python scripting. For more details, click here.


3. Robofont

RoboFont is highly scalable tool which is entirely in Python. It allows you to customize its interface and structure so that you can create a brand new font of your choice. It gives you control over your workflow down to the smallest details. It can also be run from the command line. For more detail on robofont, click here.


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