Spacing a Font, Part 1

Last time on the blog I went through the whole process of taking digitized glyphs from Adobe Illustrator to FontLab Studio VI. It was kinda long, because FontLab is powerful, but has some quirks. In this post I'm going to start the process of spacing my font, beginning with the overarching principles and methods. I'm including the mistakes I made so you can hopefully avoid [...]

2018-09-17T15:59:34+00:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , |

Adding Glyphs To FontLab Studio VI

In my previous post I walked through my process of digitizing hand drawn glyphs. For a typeface that's supposed to look hand drawn like Protest, digitizing using Adobe Illustrator's Image Trace seemed to yield the best results. In this post I'll go over how I moved from Illustrator into FontLab Studio VI. Standardize Digitizing To Make Importing Easier Remember those guidelines I'd been using when [...]

2018-09-10T13:18:15+00:00September 12th, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , , |

Digitizing Hand Drawn Glyphs

Now that I'm finished drawing all the glyphs for my Protest font (for more on that, see my last 38 blog posts), it's time to digitize! I'd be lying if I said I drew everything over the last year and just now started digitizing. I've been digitizing as I go in order to make the featured images for my blog posts. Digitizing as I go [...]

2018-09-05T11:19:15+00:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , |

Diacritics: Part 3

The previous post in this series deals with round and symmetrical forms including the dot, umlaut, ring, breve, and macron ( ˙ ¨ ˚ ˘ ¯ ). Here in Part 3 I'll cover marks that appear below the letter, including the comma, cedilla, and ogonek (  ̦ ¸ ˛ ). I'll also throw in the slash and tilde (  ̷ ˜ ), because they're the only [...]

2018-06-12T10:20:55+00:00June 12th, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , |

Diacritics: Part 2

Part 1 of this Diacritics series covers the acute, double acute, grave, circumflex, and caron ( ´ ˝ ` ˆ ˇ ). These marks are the ones that are built with diagonal strokes and asymmetric forms. This post, Part 2, deals with round and symmetrical forms including the dot, umlaut, ring, breve, and macron ( ˙ ¨ ˚ ˘ ¯ ). Perky Little Dot I [...]

2018-06-07T12:55:00+00:00June 6th, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , |

Diacritics: Part 1

The previous series of posts focused on mathematic symbols, with the last post covering four Greek derived math symbols: Δ ∑ ∏ π (delta, sum, product, and pi). This three part series discusses most (but not all) Latin–based diacritics. This post covers the acute, double acute, grave, circumflex, and caron ( ´ ˝ ` ˆ ˇ ). These marks are the ones that are built [...]

2018-06-07T12:54:08+00:00May 22nd, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , |

Mathematic Symbols
Part 4: Greek

Part 3 of this series was about the radical, integral, partial derivative, and infinity signs (√ ∫ ∂ ∞). This final math symbols post, Part 4, covers four Greek derived math symbols: Δ ∑ ∏ π (delta, sum, product, and pi). The only constant is Change The uppercase Greek delta symbol (Δ) is used in mathematics to denote a change or difference. Delta, being an [...]

2018-04-10T10:40:18+00:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , , |

Mathematic Symbols Part 3:
Radical Calculus

The last post, Part 2, includes comparative symbols, degree, percent, and fraction slash: > < ≤ ≥ ° % and ⁄. This time, in Part 3, I'm covering the radical, integral, partial derivative, and infinity signs (√ ∫ ∂ ∞). Radical The radical ( √ ) is basically a check mark. It has a funny little bit hanging off the top (left) end of the [...]

2018-02-13T10:35:35+00:00February 6th, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , |

Mathematic Symbols Part 2:
Comparison and Fraction

Part 1 of this series had the basic math glyphs (addition, subtraction, etc.) and some comparative symbols (equal, not equal, approximately equal): + − ± × ÷ = ≠ and ≈. This post, Part 2, includes some more comparative symbols, degree, percent, and fraction slash: > < ≤ ≥ ° % and ⁄. Squinty Eyes >< ≥≤ The greater than (>) and less than (<) [...]

2018-02-02T12:23:17+00:00February 2nd, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , |

Mathematic Symbols
Part 1: Basic Math

The last series of posts focused on punctuation, with the previous post covering slashes, bars, and brackets. This four part series covers mathematic symbols. It will be fairly limited, since protest posters don't typically use a wealth of mathematic glyphs. However, it will have more than I originally anticipated, since US protests in early 2017 in defence of science and fact featured a wealth of [...]

2018-04-10T14:24:33+00:00January 25th, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , |