Course Description

Fonts. We see them everywhere, use them daily, and seldom pause to ask where they come from. This introductory course surveys concepts and processes involved in creating typefaces from initial sketches to digital fonts. Students will design their own typefaces based on existing models from letterpress printing, calligraphy and other lettering arts. Topics include developing concepts and gestures into a coherent visual system, using current font-making tools (particularly FontLab Studio 5), drawing vector art, managing space, and developing OpenType features that empower fonts to do tricks like mimicking handwriting. Prerequisites: basic experience in typography and in Adobe Illustrator. Level: intermediate.


Any materials necessary for the first class meeting will be communicated to enrolled students by the instructor in advance. Otherwise, materials and supplies will be covered in the first class meeting.

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