Display typefaces are meant for use at larger sizes and for a short amount of text. They can be ornate and/or highly detailed. Text typefaces are meant for use at smaller sizes and for extended amounts of text. Revival type designs are based on previously created fonts and may involve copyright issues. Original designs are just that. Both serif and sans serif present design challenges. The challenges are different, but about equally matched in terms of effort.
- [Instructor] A fundamental part of your plan…will be determining how you intend…for the typeface to be used.…You can't control the way a typeface is used,…but you can establish your intent.…Do you wanna create a display type for use in headlines?…If so, the proportion, the width of letters,…x-height, thick to thin ratio, will be tailored accordingly.…The decisions are layered.…First, will you create an original font or a revival?…Revivals are existing typefaces…from another time and technology…that don't yet exist in digital form.…
For instance, you might find a typeface in an old book…or advertisement that hasn't been digitized.…There are two concerns when creating revivals.…First, does anyone else own the rights to the font?…If so, either secure permissions to create a revival…or turn your attention elsewhere.…Secondly, does the version of this typeface already exist?…Search all of the places…where fonts are sold and distributed,…get to know everything you can about your font…before you begin the work.…
Will your font be a display font or a text font?…
- 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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