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Designing A Typeface

What goes into designing a typeface? In my Advanced Typography class, I was challenged with designing a modular typeface in all caps or lowercase. The process of designing a modular typeface does not seem too difficult at first. As a designer, you create a set amount of parts to create each letter, and once you complete one letter you can use it to build another. For example, once I built the letter, 0, I reused it to create my letter, Q, by simply adding a small diagonal line to it. On the other hand, a designer must consider the desired function of the typeface they are creating. So, if the typeface is meant to by a display font, it can be more abstract or contain a pattern within it versus a typeface meant to use in paragraphs need to clean and legible in a small size. If you need some tips on creating a font this Creative Bloq post is a good start. The blog outlines eighteen top tips when designing a typeface. I believe designing a typeface is something every designer should try.


  1. ycao21 wrote:

    I agreed, I am actually looking into taking another typography class, I think every designers should know the name of the font by just looking at it, as well as the history behind it. It would be very could I can design a series of font and name them after my name.

    Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 7:15 pm | Permalink
  2. ikoroma wrote:

    I agree that every designer need to attempt designing a font. It is not for everyone and I can predict it wont be for me. Nonetheless, I would like to try the process to gain more knowledge about what separated great typefaces from not-so-great typefaces.

    Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 7:58 pm | Permalink
  3. Safiyah wrote:

    Designing a typeface sounds like so much fun. I agree that it’s important to consider the function of the typeface and how it can be used. As designers, we know that not every typeface is going to work for a project we’re working on.

    Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 8:18 am | Permalink

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