Join Ina Saltz for an in-depth discussion in this video Designing a typeface, part of Graphic Design Foundations: Typography.
It takes a combination of vision and dedication and plenty of serious hard work to conceptualize,…develop, and finalize a font.…My good friend Donald Partyka agreed to let me show the steps in his recent type design Benda.…Let's take a look at the steps along the way to the finished typeface.…Every typeface begins with an idea.…Donald was inspired by two sources of unpublished alphabets designed by the influential Czech designer Jaroslav Benda.…
Donald was attracted to the unusual letterforms and the variation between the upper and lower case.…His goal was to create a font that was modular and systematic, while still respecting the…source and keeping the personality of the letterforms.…Type designers start out the way most artists do by sketching.…There can be several stages of sketching where the rough sketches of letters are refined into tight sketches.…Here are some of Donald's initial sketches for the typeface Benda.…He worked both with pencil and a broad-edged pen and ink.…
The Roman, Bold, and Italic versions of the font begin to evolve in sketch form.…
- What is typography?
- Differentiating type characteristics
- Using ornamental and decorative type
- Combining typefaces
- Using contrast and scale
- Kerning and kerning pairs
- Choosing the optimum line length
- Aligning and spacing characters, words, and paragraphs
- Understanding factors affecting legibility
- Working with three-dimensional type
- Putting type in motion
Skill Level Beginner
1. Typographic Differentiation
2. The Language of Type
3. Spacing and Alignment
4. Touching on Type Design
5. Legibility and Readability
6. Typographic Composition
Contrast and scale4m 54s
7. Thinking with Type
8. Specialized Uses
Working with numbers2m 10s
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