This course covers the basic considerations for graphic designers looking to create their first typeface. It doesn't cover specific software for creating typefaces, but it does provide the groundwork for making a new font.
- This course covers the basic considerations for designers looking to create their first typeface. It doesn't covers specific software for creating typefaces but it does provide the ground work for making a new font. My course Glyphs App Essential Training picks up where this course leaves off. It is a software based course detailing the go to program for turning type drawings into a functioning font. This course begins with a case study about what makes a great typeface? It follows up on that with a breakdown of the parts combined to make a successful font.
There's a section on planning out the design process. A section on drawing letter forms and an overview of the font production process, and finally there's a section on expanding your knowledge of type design. Throughout the course, I use the terms typeface and font pretty much interchangeably. Though technically a typeface is a collection of designs and a font is the software that makes those designs usable. I also use the terms character, letter, letterform and glyph somewhat interchangeably.
Glyphs is the preferred term since it includes letters, numbers, punctuation and symbols. All characters in a font are glyphs, that said we'll spend the majority of our time discussing the design of letters, since they inform the look and feel of the rest of the glyphs in a typeface.
- 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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