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Doesn’t everybody know?
This section deals with facts that may seem too obvious to mention. Skip it if you like. Puzzles of optical illusion are a part of childhood. Orderly work is merely common sense in action.


You’ve got a head start if you know how to write with a broad-nib pen. If you don’t, learn the basics. Long ago and far away, Alfred Fairbank’s Handwriting Manual got me going. It’s a good book.

I assume you can use a computer. And I hope you already know your way around Bézier curves. If you prefer to work with paper and pencil, that’s fine. A drawing-board with a T-square is not a bad place to start. What counts is the end result. For 500 years, people created typefaces with simple metalworking tools. Some were masterpieces.





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