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Learning Type Design

Video Introducing this tutorial

Introduction

Welcome
What you should know
What this course is and isn't
Who are type designers?
Why study typography?

1. What Makes a Typeface Great?

Pedigree
Consistency
Readability and legibility
Utility
Novelty
Ubiquity

2. What Makes a Great Typeface?

Serifs
Stroke angle, weight, and contrast
General shape
x-height
Proportion
Fit
Shape variations
Display and decorative faces

3. Pre-Production

Find good models
Explore tools, methods, and materials
Typeface vs. lettering
Why is a plan necessary?
Original or revival? Text or display? Serif or sans serif?
What glyphs are needed?

4. Drawing the Basic Glyphs

Draw glyphs with straight stems
Draw the o's and shoulders
Draw rounded glyphs
Draw glyphs with shoulder-like curves
Draw glyphs with arms
Draw lowercase angled glyphs
Draw uppercase angled glyphs
Draw the s, S, and g
Set keywords

5. Producing a Functioning Font

Digitize
Print, critique, and revise
Complete the character set
Adjust the space around glyphs
Adjust the problem pairs
Test your font files

Conclusion

Expanding your knowledge: Read, look, and listen