Arms are horizontal strokes terminated with a serif and are found in glyphs like the capital E, F, and T.
- [Instructor] Four straight stem caps…have horizontal strokes terminated by half serifs.…The capital E, capital F, capital L and capital T.…Start with the cap L.…The width of the cap L is similar to the B, P, and R.…The weight of the thin horizontal stroke…should match the crossbar of the cap H.…When adding the serif, reference both the size…and shape of the serifs on the C and G.…
With the L constructed, move on to the capital E,…reflecting the arm of the L…for the top arm of the letter.…The top arm can be the same width…or slightly shorter than the bottom.…Construct the middle arm at the visual center…terminating it with a full serif…referencing the half serifs from the top and bottom arms.…The middle serif may need to be made slightly smaller…than the top and bottom serifs…to keep the counter relatively open.…The capital F will borrow from the capital E…usually with a slightly lower middle bar…and an elongated serif at the bottom right of the stem.…
And finally, the capital T can also borrow…from the capital E,…
- Why study typography?
- What makes a typeface great?
- Stroke angle, weight, and contrast
- Shape variations
- Finding good models
- Typeface vs. lettering
- Drawing the basic glyphs
- Producing a functioning font
- Printing, critiquing, and revising
Skill Level Beginner
Graphic Design Foundations: Typographywith Ina Saltz2h 23m Beginner
Allan Haley on the Evolution of Typeface Designwith Kristin Ellison1h 38m Intermediate
Creating a Hand-Drawn Type Portraitwith Von Glitschka1h 31m Intermediate
1. What Makes a Typeface Great?
2. What Makes a Great Typeface?
4. Drawing the Basic Glyphs
5. Producing a Functioning Font
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