Scripting plays an important role in typeface design. Designing a complete typeface or typeface family involves many repetitive tasks: drawing and spacing related shapes, building accented glyphs, interpolating weights, setting font infos, generating fonts and font proofs – just to name a few things which are common to every project.

On top of that, your design might bring its own repetitive challenges: a special shading effect, some smart OpenType feature, a huge glyph set with hundreds of ligatures… you name it!

We humans should leave repetition to machines, so we can focus on what we do best: being creative. And that’s where scripting comes in – it allows us to:

  • save time by automating repetitive tasks
  • be more precise by avoiding human errors
  • explore and evaluate more options in less time
  • generate complex shapes which are difficult to draw by hand
  • iterate faster and make better decisions

In short, scripting helps us to become better designers.

Last edited on 27/03/2018