Even though Glyphr Studio is close to 5 years old, it’s only been in the past year or so that things have really started to pick up. Learning about all the tools and concepts that go into designing a font, then creating them and shipping them as a web app has been a fantastic learning experience.
Time to move faster…
Up until now, we’ve had a model where we choose roughly 3 large features, and a handful of smaller features, and bundle them up and ship them as a Beta. Doing this usually took a few months. From what we’ve learned through Beta 5, we’re also going to change this shipping cadence. After v1 we’ll simply ‘publish’ new features right as we finish them – reducing time between updates from months to weeks or days.
In order to accomplish this much faster pace (and get y’all features faster and fix bugs sooner) we have to make some tweaks to our process. We’re removing some of the cumbersome stuff from the code base – namely the example Glyphr Studio project (aka the Sandbox feature on the website), and the Help Documentation.
The Help Documentation will get it’s own GitHub repository, so you can suggest changes or file issues against help documents that aren’t so helpful. It will then be published to glyphrstudio.com/help whenver it’s updated.
We used to have two build processes that resulted in the /online and /sandbox pages. We’re going to remove the built-in example project from the code base, and also remove the /sandbox page on the website. Instead, we’ll make it easy to open example projects from the start screen. Having quick access to some example fonts is good to have for people just starting to use the tools… but having to ship two versions of each Beta was kind of a pain.
These two changes, plus some other backend stuff we’re working on right now, will ultimately help us ship as fast as we want to.
Lastly, THANK YOU!
We owe so much to the community of font designers and developers that has sprung up around Glyphr Studio. User feedback is the primary way we prioritize what our next steps will be. Keep the emails and tweets coming, we thrive on interacting with people. Hopefully the changes that we roll out for Version 1 will be the beginning of an awesome new chapter in Glyphr Studio history!