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TYPE DESIGN

Design notes
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Basics
Decisions
Modules
Bold
Italic
Scans
Spacing
Elbow grease

Glossary


Notes on type design
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Type design basics
   
Autotrace
   
Autotracing tips
   
Framework
   
Verticals
   
Optical illusions
   
Limitations
   
Work habits
   
Keep a log

Decisions
   
Test and compare
   
Golden Section
   
Limit your choices
   
Imitation
   
Font metrics can help you
   
More metrics, if you’re really curious
   
Why pilfering doesn’t pay

Modules on a grid
   
Make a grid
   
The curve
   
The diagonal
   
Easy capitals
   
Pesky capitals
   
Numerals and oddments
   
How to polish
   
Spacing
   
Squeeze and stretch

Make a bold
   
Limits
   
Where does the weight go?
   
Bowls, stems and curves
   
Diagonals
   
The letter s
   
The letter g
   
The letter a
   
Assembly work

Italic
   
x-height
   
Stems
   
Curve compensation

Working from scanned art
   
Capitals one: straight stems
   
Casual serifs
   
Capitals two: rounded letters
   
The letter O
   
More rounded letters
   
The letter S
   
Capitals three: obliques
   
Lower case
   
The l-group
   
The a-group
   
The b-group
   
o-group one: the letter o
   
o-group two
   
o-group three: the letter s
   
The x-group

Spacing
   
Method
   
Spacing capitals
   
Spacing the lower case
   
Spacing numerals
   
How to imitate spacing
   
Spacing joined letters
   
Bad shapes
   
Kerning fun
   
Useful texts

Elbow grease
   
Bumpy curves
   
Character width
   
Family likeness
   
Density
   
Proportions

Glossary