Punctuation Part 1: Footnotes and Little Heads

In my last post I finished up a series on letterlike symbols. This series will include 5 posts on punctuation, starting with 4 tall symbols used to organize information: † ‡ § ¶ Even thought it's thematically related, I'm not using this post to cover the asterisk (*). That will be in Part 2 because of its size. Dagger † and Double Dagger ‡ The [...]

2017-12-04T21:08:18+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , |

Letterlike Symbols
Part 4: Currency

The last post, Part 3, covered number related symbols: ordinals, superscript figures, and the numero abbreviation (№). This last post in the four part series on letterlike symbols is about the ¢, $, £, €, ¥, and ¤ signs. $ and ¢ The dollar ($) and cent (¢) signs are based on the letters S and c respectively. The ¢ is just a c with [...]

2017-11-28T17:49:44+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , |

Letterlike Symbols Part 3:
Ordinals and Numbers

In Part 2 I did the @, ©, ®, and ™ symbols. This post covers number related symbols: ordinals, superior figures, and the number or numero abbreviation (№). Ordinals Ordinal numbers define something's place in a series, like first, second, third, fourth, etc. When abbreviated, the suffix of the ordinal (-st, -nd, -rd, -th) is placed after the correspnding number in the sequence: 1st, 2nd, [...]

2017-11-28T15:29:49+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , , |

Letterlike Symbols
Part 2: Commercial Signs

Last week I waxed poetic about ampersands. This week it's time for (trumpet sound) commercial symbols. This is a fairly arbitrary category, and the glyphs I've chosen for this post all involve smaller letters. Three of them involve circles. I lumped them together this way to make use of the practiced motion my hand will me making while drawing the glyphs. Commercial symbols are any [...]

2017-11-14T12:01:35+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , |

Letterlike Symbols
Part 1: Ampersand

Last week I talked about the importance of diacritics, and why I'm designing them for my font—my first font, no less. Because they are important to me, I'm going to take the time to research them well before diving in. That said, I'm going to work on some other glyphs while I wrap my head around good diacritic design. Here's the plan: Letterlike Symbols & [...]

2017-11-14T11:53:59+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , |

Why should I bother with diacritics?

I'm about to dive into diacritic design for the Protest font I'm working on. Now, I'm actually stalling for time with this post. I found I have a lot more work to do than I thought to be able to add diacritics to this typeface. What do I need to do to add diacritics to my typeface? Research I speak English. More embarassingly, I'm monolingual. [...]

2017-10-31T13:47:34+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Categories: How, Type, Why|Tags: , , |

Non-English Glyphs
Part 3 of 3

Last week I covered Ð, ð, Þ, and þ. This week I'm doing Ŋ, ŋ, Ɲ, ɲ, IJ, and ij. These glyphs all have the j terminal, so it made sense to draw them at the same time. Ŋ and ŋ Eng (Ŋ, ŋ) is pretty simple. These glyphs are essentially the lowercase j descender attached to the bottom of the right vertical stroke of [...]

2017-10-24T11:36:46+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , |

Non-English Glyphs
Part 2 of 3

Last week I covered Æ, æ, Œ, œ, and ß. This week I drew Ð, ð, Þ, and þ. But first, a little detour back to eszett. ẞ Apparently, I was behind in my reading. I knew that designers had created their own solutions for a cap eszett, but I didn't realize a standard had been adopted. In fact, the form was added to Unicode [...]

2017-10-17T12:19:43+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , |

Non-English Glyphs
Part 1 of 3

Now that I'm all finished with figures, I'm going to back track—as far as forms are concerned—to alphabetic glyphs. I'm going to tackle non-English glyphs. This does not include characters with diacritics, as most diacritics can be added to existing glyphs in the simple English alphabet. I'm refereing in this series to glyphs that are in addition to the basic Latin (English) alphabet, and which [...]

2017-10-17T08:51:13+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , , , |

Part 2 of 2

Last time I gave a basic overview of figures and wrote about design decisions for 0, 1, 2, 4, and 7. This post covers the remaining Indo-Arabic numerals: 3, 5, 6, 8, and 9. If they were text figures, the 3, 5, and 8 would descend below the baseline, while 6 and 9 are the only numbers that are cap height (or close to it). [...]

2017-10-02T17:31:38+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , , |