HOW ARE FONTS DESIGNED? Typeface designers regularly face questions about how fonts are created, and rightly so I would think. It is fairly understandable for this obscure profession to appear somewhat mystifying to the vast majority of people . And truth be told, even for many professionals in the fields of design or publishing the process of drawing and producing a novel font is a small enigma.
What’s this process like?
Fonts are created on the computer, right?
How does one come up with ideas for a new font?
Johannes Neumeier of Underscore Type elucidates the process of type design here.
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NEUE HAAS GROTESK. A Classic but better.
The digital version of Helvetica that everyone knows and uses today is quite different from the typeface’s pre-digital design from 1957. Originally released as Neue Haas Grotesk, many of the features that made it a Modernist favorite have been lost in translation over the years from one technology to the next.
Type designer Christian Schwartz newly restored the original Neue Haas Grotesk in digital form – bringing back all the classic features.
You can purchase the license to this beautiful piece of beauty here. PS. Let me know if you're feeling particularly generous this fine day. 😏
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FONTS IN USE. A public archive of typography indexed by typeface, format, and industry. Fonts In Use documents and examines graphic design with the goal of improving typographic literacy and appreciation.
First started as a blog in 2010, Fonts In Use became a full-fledged site with a much larger database that opened to contributions from visitors in 2012.
I became aware of FIU sometime in university and it quickly became my go-to place to peruse through industries and the range of application for a certain typeface that I might be considering for my own project.
Got a lot of time to spare this Sunday? Check out this presentation about Fonts In Use by Stephen Coles here.
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