Jeff Wu


Jeff Wu is the General Manager of Arphic Technology. He has led Arphic R&D Division for more than 20 years. His specialties are the development of font technology and products. Also, he is familiar with font design and application in versatile devices. He worked as a Software Engineer and Manager of Software department in Mitac International Corp. before Arphic. He received his B.S and M.S degrees in computer science from National Chiao-Tung University of Taiwan.


BITS9 Conference
Jeff Wu
October 12, 2019
Afternoon Session
1:30pm - 3:00pm
at Grand Ballroom Fl.2, Le Meridien Chiang Mai

“The process of developing Chinese fonts and how Artificial Intelligence is integrated”

There are about 7,000 Chinese characters to create a small Chinese character set. For a big character set, there are over 27,000 Chinese characters. So usually, it takes one to two years for a group of designers to develop a Chinese character set. It’s not hard to imagine how much time and effort it will take if we want to expand to a font family with three to nine weights.

After the launch of Variable Font Specification of OpenType 1.8 in September 2016, Arphic started to add weight axis as a standard specification when developing new typefaces. On top of that, we will add an extra width axis to all the text used typeface. The complexity and efforts of adding two axes lead exponential growth to the development.

Jeff is going to introduce how Arphic develops Chinese typefaces and the technology and tool that we created to deal with Variable Font. And also, how we integrate Artificial Intelligence into the process of developing to reduce the time and to help designers focus on their design.