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The Complete Typographer
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4 Sessions / 6 hours of work per session
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Typography, Typesetting, Graphic Design, Digital Alphabet

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Starts Jan 23, 2018

Making Typeface Families

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Go at your own pace
4 Sessions / 6 hours of work per session
Included w/ premium membership ($20/month)
Skill Level
Video Transcripts
Typography, Typesetting, Graphic Design, Digital Alphabet

Not available for purchase in India

Course Description

Continuing from the previous courses in The Complete Typographer, Making Typeface Families focuses on drawing a complete alphabet from start to finish, then adding bold and italic variations. Students will choose a sample document for which they'll create a typeface, translate concepts from rough pencil sketches to digitized finishes, and establish cohesiveness in a small trial range of selected characters. Through study of various letterform elements, students will establish how these parts need to come together in a logical way to form a set of related letters and eventually, an entire typeface.


This course is in adaptive mode and starts Jan 23, 2018. Learn more about adaptive courses here.

Session 1: Picking a Purpose and Getting Started
In this session we’ll talk about how we’re going to pick a direction for a new typeface, and check out an overview of the software we’re going to use to make it.
6 lessons
1. Introduction
2. Choosing a Print Document
3. Let's Get Sketching
4. A Word About Terminology
5. Enter the Font Editor
6. Assignment: Getting Started
Session 2: Drawing Control Characters
Last time we picked a text document to design a new text face for, did some sketching on paper for it, and got a quick and dirty intro to font editing software. This session we’re going to do the first twelve letters of our first typeface.
7 lessons
1. Introduction
2. HDO
3. nop
4. Drawing & Spacing
5. RHODESphones
6. Checking Your Proofs
7. Assignment: RHODESphones
Session 3: Completing the Alphabet, Numbers, and Punctuation
Last time we drew our control characters and expanded on them. This session we’re doing ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING ELSE in the typeface. That includes the rest of the alphabet (uppercase and lowercase), the numbers, and some standard punctuation.
8 lessons
1. Introduction
2. hamburgefontsiv
4. Completing the Alphabet
5. Numbers
6. Punctuation & Conclusion
7. Assignment: Completing the Character Set
8. A Conversation with Nina Stössinger
Session 4: How to Make an Italic and a Bold
In this session we’ll identify what makes up the structures of an italic and a bold, and I’ll walk you through how to draw one of each of your own to accompany your textface.
9 lessons
1. Introduction
2. Italics & Not Italics
3. Making Italics: Skewing & Correcting
4. Making Italics: Tailing & Narrowing
5. Sketching Bolds
6. Making Bolds
7. Keeping It In the Family
8. Assignment: Italic & Bold
9. A Conversation with Luisa Baeta
Learning Outcomes

Below you will find an overview of the Learning Outcomes you will achieve as you complete this course.

Instructors And Guests
What You Need to Take This Course
  • Supplies:
    • Pens/Pencils
    • Drawing Paper
    • Tracing Paper
  • Software:
    • UFO-based font editing software such as RoboFont (used in this course) or Glyphs
    • Adobe Creative Suite
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If a student signs up for the Complete Typographer program, it is recommended that these courses are taken sequentially.

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