Figures are Arabic numerals, and as such they have a different construction system than the letters. This section will show the evolution of the figures and various attempts to make them work better with their Latin counterparts.
- [Narrator] It may sound obvious,…but the numbers are not letters.…Numbers, or figures as they're properly called,…have a different origin story than letters.…They're Indo-Arabic, and as such,…they traditionally have a horizontal stress,…rather than a Latin oblique to vertical stress.…Over the centuries, the stress has been tamed out, a little.…But it's still evident in the number seven…of most contemporary type designs.…And most fonts feature heavy horizontals…in the two, three, four and five.…Studying figure structure in time tested fonts,…will provide clues for how you can handle your design.…
One key to success is respecting…that numbers have their own logic.…Figure sets come in two basic varieties,…proportional old style and tabular lining.…Tabular lining figures are more common.…They share their height with the capitals…and all have the same width,…so a one is the same width as a zero.…This allows them to align vertically when set in columns.…Proportional old style figures are all different widths…and generally, just slightly taller than the x-height.…
- Measuring type
- Classifying type
- Using the Glyphs app tools, windows, layers, palettes, and menus
- Working with Glyphs app scripts
- Drawing letterforms and characters
- Using filters
- Creating punctuation and reference marks
- Deploying OpenType ligatures and stylistic sets
- Fitting and kerning
- Exporting and testing fonts
- Setting up masters and instances for a font family
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1. An Introduction to Type Design
2. The Glyphs Workspace
3. Drawing Glyphs
4. Completing a Basic Glyphs Set
5. OpenType Features
6. Fitting and Kerning
7. Exporting and Testing
Font file types3m 56s
8. Multiple Masters
Next steps2m 23s
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