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Created by Swiss designers Marco Muller and Alexis Reigel, Metaflop is an online tool that allows users to create their own fonts. While this may sound daunting, the platform makes the process easy and fun, allowing readers to familiarize themselves with typeface terms like "ascenders," "cap heights," "overshoot," "descenders," and "contrasts" in a playful, low-pressure environment. One easy way to begin is to select "metafonts," which draws up a list of preexisting letter designs. Selecting any of these navigates to the "modulator." From there, readers may play at will, adjusting unit width, pen width, glyph angle, and other variables. The program is approachable - and the best way to learn is to simply jump in and start making changes! Once you're happy with your results, you can download your webfont for embedding on your website or as an opentype postscript font (.oft) that can be used in applications supporting otf.
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Date Issued 2012
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Date of Scout Publication 2015-05-08
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