The number of possible characters in a font is nearly limitless. This section groups characters into logical sets and helps the viewer decide which ones make the most sense to include in their project.
- Up to this point I've been discussing letters,…and more specifically, a portion of…the letters in the Latin alphabet.…But a standard font must contain more…than letters to be useful.…Punctuation, numbers, and accents are…just some of the other characters in a font.…Fonts can contain a nearly limitless number of characters.…It can even contain items that aren't characters at all,…like illustrations, graphic symbols,…and letter form components.…The term glyph is used as a blanket term for any element in…a font set, hence the name of the program, Glyphs App.…But what should a glyph set contain?…The answer is really whatever you want,…or whatever the job requires.…
A font could contain only a single glyph like a company…logo, or a limited character set like casic capitals.…When you start a new font in glyphs,…the file is automatically populated with 53 characters:…uppercase, lowercase, and a space.…Yes, you even have to design a space.…The font view in glyph shows categories…of glyphs in the left column.…Each category has a drop down menu showing sub categories.…
- 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
Skill Level Beginner
Allan Haley on the Evolution of Typeface Designwith Kristin Ellison1h 38m Intermediate
The Creative Spark: Title Case, Typographic Artisanswith Jessica Hische28m 31s Intermediate
Graphic Design Foundations: Typographywith Ina Saltz2h 23m Beginner
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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