The arch of the shoulder from the lowercase n is echoed in several other characters, like the lowercase f and r.
- [Narrator] Seven characters have shoulder-like elements,…the a, f, j, r, t, u,…and the cap J and cap U.…The lowercase a is idiosyncratic;…it has four chief components,…each an opportunity for expression.…The a shoulder echoes the shoulder…of the lowercase n.…The terminal on the upper left…is generally punctuated with a ball terminal,…similar in shape to other ball terminals in the font.…
The bowl is the smallest one in the font…and is variable in size and shape.…At the bottom right, the stem generally ends in a small hook…though it sometimes ends in a half serif.…All of these aspects come together to make the a,…one of the most unique glyphs in the font.…The lowercase f borrows its stem from the lowercase l,…and references the lowercase n in…the curvature of the overhang.…The arch of the overhang terminates in a ball serif…similar to the lowercase c.…
The crossbar should be similar in weight…to the thins of a lowercase o,…but may be heavier if it appears too light.…The top of the crossbar should hug the top of the x-height…
- 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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