If you're going to sell fonts on your own, or distribute them for free, you'll want to test them as thoroughly as possible to make sure they perform as expected and don't damage the user's computer. Glyphs' app will fail to export malformed fonts—forcing you to correct most basic errors. In addition, there are plugins and external services that can help with font testing/QA.
- [Instructor] Fonts are software,…and they need to be tested thoroughly…before being released into the wild.…Large foundries have teams of people…and suites of proprietary testing tools that ensure their…releases are not only functioning properly,…but that the data in the file is properly formed…and won't harm a user's system.…What can you do as an independent designer?…What tools and services exist to test your font files?…Testing for well formed font files is called validation,…and your primary validation tool is…your font production software.…
Glyphs app, for instance, performs font validation…when it generates fonts, and halts the process…to report errors if there are problems with the data.…Other production tools like Font Forge…also have validation capabilities.…Microsoft has a Windows based stand alone font validator…to test against their font file standards.…The Font Book utility on the Mac has a validator…that allows you to test a font before you install it.…Just choose validate file from the file menu,…
- 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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