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How to design your own typeface

How to design your own typeface
After many years as a graphic designer and type enthusiast, I decided to channel some of my passion into my own lettering and typography design projects. After researching how to make your own font, it seemed a natural evolution to try my hand at designing a typeface. Much has been written about type design; on the history, drawing and technical complexities of creating typefaces (I've linked to some excellent resources at the bottom of this article) and many typography tutorials. But where exactly do you begin if you want to make your own font? If you're a designer or illustrator new to this discipline, what are the first practical steps, the common software and early considerations to get you going? I had found some useful pieces of information but they were scattered across many sources and many were dated by technology. Sharing insights 01. Designing a typeface can be a long journey so it's prudent to have a clear vision of its purpose. The options are vast. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06. 07. Related:  Typographie

Type Worship 15 best quotes by Steve Jobs that will inspire you | Info15 | Quick Fun & Facts Steve jobs is an inspiration for many young and old people who want to or are already running a business. He was a visionary who had a passion to change the world. Anything that was not extraordinary was not accepted and all energy and brains were put into something that was could be remarkable. His career and personal life had great highs and lows but he always came back to be the winner. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. “[Design is] not just what it looks like and feels like. “When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. “Stay hungry, Stay foolish” – Steve Jobs “That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. “It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. “Picasso had a saying.

Get to Know a Typeface! Minion | The IBD Blog Normally, on this site, we write about expressive typefaces that evoke strong responses. And since Shea and I are bitter, unhappy people, we write about typefaces that are easy to hate like Comic Sans and Papyrus. Minion, designed by Robert Slimbach in 1990, is one of those typefaces that only a typographer could love (not that other people dislike it; they just don’t notice it). The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst is one of the most influential books on typography. Minion is a serifed typeface designed in the “classical tradition,” which is designer code for “It was designed to look like pretty much every other serifed typeface out there.” There is nothing to dislike about Minion. In short, the advantage of Minion, specifically Minion Pro, is that it contains more characters (called glyphs) than most other fonts. Minion Pro has multiple weights (bold, semi-bold, medium, roman) plus old-style letterforms and small caps.

Glyphs Mini List of Font Creation Software Share on Tumblr Below is a list of software that allows you to create and modify a font. Fontlab Studio is a professional font editor for both Windows and Mac OS. It allows you to design typefaces and create or modify fonts and it supports all major outline font formats, including Type1, TrueType, Multiple Master and OpentType. [$649] Font Creator is a shareware TrueType font editor for Windows. It has all the features for you to make new fonts, edit existing fonts and you can also use its advanced import features to make your handwriting font or add signatures, logos and symbols to existing fonts. [$79~299] TypeTool is a basic font editor for both Windows and Mac OS. Fontographer is a classic font editor for Windows and Mac OS. BitFonter is a professional bitmap font editor for both Windows and Mac OS. Scannahand is an easy-to-use handwriting font maker for Windows. Glyphs is a font editor for Mac OS.

Create a World War II Era Dogfighter In design, great concepts can often be created by playing with words. In this tutorial, our friends at INK will show you how to create a furry World War II era aircraft, that we are calling a "dogfighter" using a handful of photos and a 3D model. Let's get started! Speed Art Video Take a look at the following video to see how this artwork was created from beginning to end. Tutorial Assets The following assets were using during the production of this tutorial. 1. Step 1 Open your 3DS Max file (VICKERS_WELLINGTON.max). Step 2 For this tutorial you will need to paint a dog texture using the Viewport Canvas. Now we are going to bring the texture onto the airplane. Step 3 The Material/Map Browser menu will pop up. Step 4 Select Bitmap Image File dialog box will open. Step 5 Select the geometry called FUSELAGE. Step 6 Apply the same material to the remaining airplane geometry parts painted red in the image below following the process in step 05. Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10 Step 11 Step 12 Step 13 Step 14

Mind Your En And Em Dashes: Typographic Etiquette Advertisement An understanding of typographic etiquette separates the master designers from the novices. A well-trained designer can tell within moments of viewing a design whether its creator knows how to work with typography. Handling these typographic details on the Web brings new challenges and restrictions that need to be considered. Setting Body Copy Good typography comes down to communicating information, and the basis of information is good old-fashioned body copy – simple blocks of text. Indentation or Space After a Paragraph? When signalling the end of a paragraph and the beginning of another, you can generally either indent or insert a space between the paragraphs. Indentation Indent the first line of a new paragraph about 1 em (if your font size is 12px, then that would amount to 12 pixels). Space after paragraph A full line break of 1 em (like when you hit the “Return” key twice) is generally more than enough to signal a new paragraph. One Space After a Period. The Hyphen (al)

Presentation Design 101 Great presentation design is all about simplicity: long gone are the days of layered, pixelated clip art and fourteen columns of bullet points. Instead, it’s about rewarding your audience with visual harmony and minimalism. Looking to update your presentation design from the 90’s? Here are a few tips: 1One Idea Content is the backbone of your slides, but that doesn’t mean it needs to carry the design weight. 2Selecting the Image Only the best and boldest will do. 3A Word on Fonts With Canva, you aren’t merely tied to PowerPoint fonts in your design, which widens the pool of selection. Recommended reading: The Ultimate Guide to Font Pairings 4The Rule of Thirds The Rule of Thirds is a visual technique that creates space and harmony in photography, art, and of course: presentations. 5Color Scheme When selecting a color palette for your presentation, be wary of choosing too many shades. 6Consistency Just because they are individual slides doesn’t mean they need to express individuality. See On