Is my opinion that type designers don’t lose control on their typefaces if someone else does the metrics. Designing shapes and letterfitting can be independent, even if connected, tasks because they have independent goals. Glyphs have to be good. Spacing and kerning have to be right. Separating these tasks means: everyone doing what he can do best.
I participate in works that I would not be able to carry out myself and which I may learn from. But that would be different without my contribution. There are designs I can enlight; and which may further highlight my own work. iKern is a service but I prefere to consider it a ‘collaboration’.
I let the following kind designers speak for me now. It’s been up to them having let me handle their glyphs: they experienced something I can only imagine. Their words mean a lot to me: respect, understanding and, not least, public acknowledgment. I know how difficult it may be, operating in a field where the perceived value of the typeface product is so important. I’ll never cease to thank them for this: iKern is an independent initiative; these words are the only ones.
InfoI'm Igino Marini. I was born in 1964. I attended the high school specializing in classical studies: so before handling the polytonic greek I learned to translate it! Then I graduated in Civil Engineering. In 2000 I became more involved in typography digitizing the Fell Types. Realizing that I would have never wanted to devote myself to the their letterfitting I started since 2002 to deal with spacing and kerning in an engineered way. That's how the iKern project started. In 2010, after a career in building and industrial engineering, I finally became a full-time type engineer. I abandoned columns and beams, trajectories of robots or energy flows; but I never ceased to translate reality into numbers. Since 2012 I'm teaching Maths for Design at ISIA Urbino.
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