To set up a time table including the most important milestones of this project, I needed to define, what the CROWDFONT should actually be in the end. A font? A typeface? How many glyphs? Which format?
As it should be ready-to-use for the common end-user my aim is to create at least one font that is perfectly kerned and spaced. It should contain at least all Latin uppercase and lowercase characters, figures and a standard set of symbols. As Dave Crossland, font consultant at Google Fonts, contacted me while the voting was still running, the font will be made in a way, it can be contributed to the Google Web Fonts project and then be downloaded or embedded on other websites via their new platform for free. This results in a list of 215 glyphs at the minimum requested.
Furthermore the font’s source files will be available on Github and open to public participation. There are several forums where the typeface design will be reviewed before Google checks the application. This means a lot of work which won’t be done until my diploma presentation. I’m not sure about the way of presentation – whether it might be a print specimen or something more interactive, maybe animated (btw: check out the fun microsite of GT America) or in virtual reality. It should definitely take up the idea of democratizing design by maintaining its digital and interactive origin.
Long story short: CROWDFONT is an open-end project and no matter if I will held my diploma presentation in January or June, which isn’t clear yet, I’m highly interested in improving and expanding the typeface till I’m fully satisfied with the result.