Tips to Design Your Own Typeface

Want to design your website but are not able to find a suitable typeface? Consider creating your own typeface to give a special touch to your web design. Where should you begin? What would be the skill sets, software and other considerations that you’ll require during typeface designing?

The following tips will help you design satisfactory typefaces:

Start with a briefing: Typeface designing is a lengthy process and you should have a clear understanding of its purpose. Whether needed for personal use or required for a particular project? Whether it would fit into a particular layout? Which characteristics make it standout from other fonts?

Typefaces had been created to serve specific purposes. So once you have clear idea about the use of typeface that you create, you can start with the actual designing process.

The fundamental choices that need to be considered: You need to make considerations before you start designing. Whether the font would be geometric or more of a writing pattern? Whether it would be suitable for long documentation? These may seem insignificant but as you process such considerations become crucial.

Pitfalls that need to be avoided: 1. Don’t get swayed by existing font styles, try creating something new and creative 2. Digitizing your handwriting may restrict the use of your typeface to personal use only.

Start with Sketching: Trying to create typefaces directly using software may make the process uncomfortable for starters. So start with creating a few alphabets on paper before you convert them into vectors.

Decide which characters you should start with: Creating the “control characters” first, will make it easier to bring other characters in accordance.

Digitize your sketch: You may find a number of ways to get your sketch digitized, but tracing the font manually onto the computer gives you full control over your design.

Choose appropriate software: Adobe Illustrator would be an obvious choice for many designers, but you would need more sophisticated software as you proceed. FontLab Studio has become industry standard but other software like Robofont and Glyphs are also gaining
popularity.

Analyse other typefaces: You need to study other typefaces in details to have a good understanding of how shapes work together to form an identity.

Testing: It is essential to test the typeface with different sizes. Smaller sizes may make reading critical or the style would not look good from a distance. You may need to fine tune character styles depending on your analysis.

Printing gives a different perspective: Having the typeface printed on paper would give you a different perspective. You can spot the mishaps easier and making adjustments are a lot easier.

Final testing phase: Once you’re satisfied with your creation, it’s time to have it tested on different scenarios and see whether it meets the requirements specified during the original briefing.

Typeface designing is an important task that 3D letter signage designing services need to do in order to create 3D lettering designs that add zing to the nameplates, or 3D signage that they create for their clients.

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