Characters in a typeface are related by overall shape. Glyphs like the O and C can be almost circular, or they can have flattened, nearly squarish sides.
- [Male Speaker] Great typefaces repeat…certain visual phrases throughout the design.…These visual phrases give the font it's general shape…and overall look and feel.…Does the face appear round and open?…Or is it square and tight?…Is it friendly? Or pinched?…Or does it look normal?…Or is it remarkable in some obvious way?…It's the speed of a curve and the transition…that dictate the general shape.…It may seem paradoxical to talk about…speed and a motionless form…but the activity is implied.…
Drawn curves are the residue of motion.…The motion of the hand, arm, or body that made them.…Or the sweep of a dancer's movement remains only in memory.…The motion of a paint brush is captured on canvas.…Type designers capture their movement…in tiny diagrams and rely on continuity and consistency…to convey their style and intent.…It's the repetition of a gesture in curves and transitions…that conveys the general shape and feeling.…
The shoulder of an A, the curve of the O,…the spine of the S, and the hook of the T…are just a handful of places…
- 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
Creating a Hand-Drawn Type Portraitwith Von Glitschka1h 31m Intermediate
Allan Haley on the Evolution of Typeface Designwith Kristin Ellison1h 38m 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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