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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
  4. abasurto wrote:

    Designing a typeface is a lot of fun and at the same time very challenging. You have to sketch out every letter uppercase and lowercase. That is not even the hard part, the part is to get all the characters to look like they belong in the the same family. Once that painful process is done now is you have to figure out kerning and side barrings. I do agree that every design should create or at attempt to create a typeface.

    Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 3:56 pm | Permalink