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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: , , , , , |

Figures
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: , , , , |

Building the Alphabet:
UPPERCASE part 7

Last time I worked on Q, C, G—three of the six curvey letters. This time I'm writing on the last three curvey letters S, U, and J, which are the last in the basic Enlish alphabet. Uppercase S S is one of those tricky letters that just needs to be practiced to be done well. But there are some things I'm looking for when I [...]

2017-09-18T08:40:07+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , |

Building the Alphabet:
UPPERCASE part 6

Previously I did B, P, R and D—characters with a combination of verticals and curves. This time I'm working on Q, C, G—three of six curvey letters. Uppercase Q In my research for this font, I noticed that most uppercase Q's were done with basic ball and stick construction. That is, the Q is made up of an O with a diagonal stroke (the tail) [...]

2017-09-11T16:20:11+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , |

Building the Alphabet:
UPPERCASE part 5

In the last post I finished up the rest of the characters containing diagonal strokes "K, X, Y" and "Z". This week I'm doing "B, P, R" and "D"—characters with a combination of verticals and curves. Uppercase B, P, and R I find curved letters difficult to draw with a straight edged tool. Turning the hand (or paper) the right way, getting the thicks and [...]

2017-09-04T22:17:53+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , |

Building the Alphabet:
UPPERCASE part 4

In the previous post I started the core characters with diagonals: "N, M, A, V" and "W". This week I finished up "K, X, Y" and "Z"—the rest of the characters containing diagonal strokes. Uppercase K "K" is going to have similar negative space to "N" and be just slightly narrower than "H", so those were the glyphs I compared it to as I was [...]

2017-08-28T22:16:03+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , |

Building the Alphabet:
UPPERCASE part 3

Last week I finished the characters with strong verticals and horizontals, "I, T, E, F" and "L". This week I moved on to the characters with diagonals: "N, M, A, V" and "W". These five characters have a number of similarities tying them together, aside from their diagonal strokes. Uppercase N The "N" is similar in structure to the "H" with its two vertical stems. [...]

2017-08-21T22:58:09+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , |

Building the Alphabet:
UPPERCASE part 2

Last week I started working on the uppercase with the letters "H" and "O". This week I dived into the characters with strong verticals and horizontals, "I, T, E, F" and "L". These five characters are based closely on the "H" with the simple orthogonal strokes. Uppercase I Going back to my research, I remembered I'd need to do an alternate "I" with no serifs [...]

2017-08-14T23:32:56+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , |