Most letters have a basic, expected skeleton. The lowercase n, for instance, rarely varies from the fundamental stroke-plus-shoulder construction. Some letters, however, have multiple alternate skeletal forms. The leg on a capital R can be straight or flowing. The bottom of a lowercase t can be straight or hooked. Shape variations are another tool for injecting novelty into a design.
- [Instructor] So much of type design…is about establishing consistency, rhythm, and unity.…But in every type design, there are many opportunities…to create variety.…In fact, there are three characters…where variety is the norm.…The cap R, the lowercase A, and the lowercase G.…Specifically, it's the proportion of the bowl to the leg…on the capital R and the shape of the leg.…There are hundreds of acceptable variations…on this combination.…The same holds true for the lowercase A.…
The size and shape of the bowl,…the size and shape of the serif over the bowl,…and the size and shape of the hook serif at the bottom right…are all variable.…The lowercase is G is so rife with variation…that it's often the key identifying characteristic…of most fonts.…It can be a real balancing act for new designers.…The first decision is the proportion of the top bowl…to the bottom loop.…And then there's the size and shape of the link…connecting the two.…And finally, the size and shape and placement of the ear.…
The capital R, the lowercase A, and the lowercase G…
- 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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