A font can contain as few or as many characters (glyphs) as you want or need. It's best to start with a manageable range (upper and lowercase, numbers, and punctuation). You can always expand it later.
- [Instructor] A font can contain…any number of glyphs, thousands or just one.…The glyphs you include will depend on who's going to use it.…Is your font strictly for personal use?…Or do you plan to sell it, or give it away to others?…If it's just for you,…you can include only the glyphs you need.…But if you plan to sell it or give it away to others,…you should include at least the basic character set.…But what is a basic character set?…Glyphs are grouped into different kinds.…Alphanumerics, including both letter and numbers,…and two standard ligatures, the F-I and F-L.…
Standard punctuation, including brackets and dashes.…Accents and accent characters.…And symbols, including reference marks and math glyphs.…It can be confusing to keep track of all these glyphs.…Luckily, there's an organization…called the Unicode Consortium that collects…and assigns codes for every glyph on the planet.…Unicode organizes glyphs into sets…according to their purpose.…For instance, there's a Unicode set for basic Greek glyphs,…and one for basic Cyrillic.…
- 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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