The line between two extremes in a type family is called an axis. A common axis is between a light typeface and a bold. Another is between a condensed and an expanded. This section will look at choosing and planning for axes in a type family.
- [Instructor] A font can be an individual,…or it can be a member of a family.…Decorative or display fonts are often stand-alone types…with specific purposes or aesthetics,…while fonts used for setting lots of text…generally belong to a family of related designs…that build on a core idea.…A typical font family contains a regular,…or Roman, font for setting text,…and an italic, bold, and bold-italic…for creating emphasis.…A font family can have as few as two members,…like a Roman and italic,…or it can have as many as 50 or more members,…including bolds, italics, semi-bolds,…lights, thins, condensed, compressed, extendeds,…and a variety of other weights and widths.…
When you begin a font project, it's important for you…to do a little family planning.…Decide on how many variations you want or need.…And if you plan to have italics,…develop a separate Glyphs file and keep the measurements…like x-height and Cap Height consistent with the Roman file.…But here's where fonts with multiple Masters…become really exciting.…
- 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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