Vertical and horizontal strokes and rounds give a typeface its weight—from thin to bold. Variation between thick and thin (vertical and horizontal) and general angle (especially in rounded forms) help define style.
- [Narrator] The concept of stroke angle comes…from handwritten forms.…A calligraphy pen is held at a…consistent angle during writing, creating a…consistent distribution of thicks and thins…and a noticeable stress.…Serif fonts imitate this angled stroke…distributing weight heavily on the vertical strokes…and lightly on the horizontal.…The angle and stress of the font can be seen in…the wedge serif and by connecting the thinnest…strokes on the O, and the bowls…with an imaginary line.…
The weight of a font, determined by the width of the…strokes, varies from font to font.…What is a regular weight, and a regular stroke…width in one font, is not necessarily the case in others.…If we use stroke width as a gauge, we can see that in a…typical typeface like Times, the x height is almost…five times the stroke width.…In Adobe Garamond, it's about four and a half times.…In Bauer Bodoni, it's also about four and a half times.…
And in Helvetica, it's nearly six times.…On average, the x height is about four and a half…times the stroke width.…
- 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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