Work inspiration with
Jos Buivenga

I am Jos Buivenga, self-taught type designer and founder of exljbris Font Foundry. Because of the succes of my free fonts I could eventually attract a lot of people to the paid fonts. Since 2009 I was able to make a living out of type design.

Hardware

My work space consists of a Mac Pro with four 24" Apple Cinema Displays attached. Type design is all about looking and comparing, so the more screen real estate the better.

Software

FontLab, Prepolator, Superpolator. In FontLab I draw the "master" fonts, usually a regular and a bold or heavy weight. With Superpolator I check if all contour orders and points are equal in both masters. Superpolator lets me interpolate and extrapolate new instances of the both masters so I can extend a font family to (mostly) 5 weights. 

Dream setup 

My dream setup, would be the new Mac Pro with 3 Apple 27" displays attached. One display in front of me and the other two on the right, one on top of the other.

Inspiration

My inspiration comes from sketches and doodles I make in little sketch books, sometimes from playing around in FontLab and sometimes from an idea I picture in my head.