What do I need to create a typeface?

This post is supposed to be on nuts and bolts basics. What do I need in order to start? Type design is a process. The design brief is like the platonic ideal of a cake in my head amalgamated from too many cake pictures on Pinterest. I know what I want. But what I need is a recipe. Like a recipe, my design needs ingredients, [...]

2017-05-16T14:27:18-07:00May 16th, 2017|Categories: How, Resources, Type|Tags: , , |

Defining the Terms
Part 3: Categorization

This is the last in a three part series on how to talk about letterforms. Basically, it's a glossary. This third part covers Categorization, the ways groups of glyphs are labeled by form and function. Part 1 deals with the Anatomy of Letterforms, what the pieces and parts are called. Part 2 is Process, the terms for the ways letters are made. This is by [...]

2017-04-24T22:57:34-07:00April 25th, 2017|Categories: Lettering, Resources, Type|Tags: , , |

Defining the Terms
Part 2: Process

This is a three part series on how to talk about letterforms. Basically, it's a glossary. This second part covers Process, the terms for the ways letters are made. Part 1 deals with the Anatomy of Letterforms, what the pieces and parts are called. Part 3 is Categorization, the ways groups of glyphs are labeled by form and function. This is by no means exhaustive, [...]

2017-04-24T11:16:23-07:00April 18th, 2017|Categories: Lettering, Resources, Type|Tags: , , , |

Defining the Terms
Part 1: Anatomy

This is a three part series on how to talk about letterforms. Basically, it's a glossary. This first part deals with the Anatomy of Letterforms, what the pieces and parts are called. Part 2 covers Process, the terms for the ways letters are made, whether by hand or by computer. Part 3 is Categorization, the ways groups of glyphs are labeled by form and function. [...]

2017-04-24T08:37:49-07:00April 11th, 2017|Categories: Lettering, Resources, Type|Tags: , , |

What should I read to get started making letters?

Here are some recommended books for learning lettering and type design. Some of these recommendations came from Thomas Phinney, or from the reading list for incoming students at the Masters in Typeface Design program at the University of Reading. I'm breaking these into several sections. The sections are in a particular order. These are not necessarily the order I read these book in or the order [...]

2017-03-10T13:31:15-07:00February 28th, 2017|Categories: Lettering, Resources, Type|Tags: , , , , , |