Tools and methods provide ideas for typographic form. Brushes, calligraphic nibs, and drawing tools all dictate letterform shapes in unique ways and will lead to new discoveries.
- [Narrator] We describe glyphs in terms of strokes…and form, but when we digitize, we create outlines…and fill them in.…It's a little like constructing a building…without internal supports.…Creating letters with traditional and non-traditional tools…will give you critical insight into the logic of letters,…and an intimate understanding of alphabet structure.…As a child, you were taught to make letters with a pencil,…and later, a pen.…Pencils and pens are writing tools…that produce specific kinds of letters.…
Their thin, mono-weight lines produce skeletal forms…that are very similar to the ancient practice…of scribing letters into wax or clay with a stylus.…You may have tried your hand…with a calligraphic pen at some point.…The broad-edged pen held at a specific angle…translates the skeletal forms of pencils and ballpoint pens…into calligraphy, with weighted stems, and contrast…between thick and thin.…Flat paintbrushes have a similar effect,…but with greater fluidity.…Flexible nib pens, used in formal penmanship,…
- 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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