As you digitize, you'll want to make printouts at various sizes to gauge your work. You may be consumed by a sense of artistic satisfaction, but let that pass and begin critiquing your own work (and if you're lucky, having others critique your work). The process of creation, critique, and revision is essential in creating the best possible design.
The recurring theme in Type Face Design is judge and edit.…At each stage in the process, halting progress…to analyze what you've done, is essential to creating…the best font possible.…After digitizing, you can see letters working together…as a system.…With a complete alphabet, you can truly judge…the design and fit of your font by setting sample strings…of letters and lists of words that commonly…challenge type designers.…Here again, you can use adhesion text, or…Kern King, or a collection of pangrams.…
Let's use Kern King.…While there's plenty to learn from looking…at type on a screen, it pays to print out your samples…in various sizes, leaving the computer,…and sitting with a pencil and a cup of coffee…to critique your work.…The coffee is optional, but a thorough critique…is a requirement.…Make a complete survey of the work…before you go back to the computer to edit.…Note how the glyphs are or are not working together.…
Make clear notes of what needs to be corrected.…Look at words in caps, lowercase, and UNLC.…
- 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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