Scripting plays an important role in typeface design. The process of creating a complete font or font family involves many repetitive tasks: drawing and spacing related shapes, building accented glyphs, setting font infos, interpolating weights, generating fonts, creating proofs – just to name a few tasks 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… there should be no limits to imagination.
Thanks to computers and scripting we can leave repetition to machines, and focus on what we do best: being creative.
Scripting 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.