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TYPE DESIGN

Design notes
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Basics
Decisions
Modules
Bold
Italic
Scans
Spacing
Elbow grease

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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