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Practical Font Design - FOG ed.

Practical Font Design - Fontographer Edition

Revised and Expanded for Fontographer 5PFD-FOG cover

by David Bergsland

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   Available as an e-book (PDF and ePub formats) download for US$9.99

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About the e-book

     A rewritten, expanded 3rd edition plus new materials giving a practical walk through the process of designing a font and families with Fontographer, v.5. This is not about artistic considerations, but the practicalities of putting a font together. On the other hand, the design approach is fine art. David's training is as a fine art printmaker: etchings & stone lithography.

The basic procedures used for font design are found in this book. It is a step by step following of creating new font designs with tips and comments along the way.

This is not a book for programmers and scripters. This is a book for graphic designers and typographers who love type and want to make their own fonts?either for themselves or to sell.

In the process of writing this book several things were developed that you might find useful in your design process. In general these are pieces of copy or files that will save you the time required to make your own. There are lists of composite glyphs to generate, an OpenType features file, and a text file to use when generating metrics and kerning tables. You can find them on this page.

Other linked resources include:PFD-FOG pages

A standard 256 character font to start from.

A 371 character OpenType font and feature file.

A text file to use in letterspacing and kerning by hand.

A 577 character OpenType template with the feature file.

Three more OpenType templates.

 

Here's an abridged table of contents for you to see what is in the book:

Fontographer or FontLab?
Which one should you use?
Who is this book written for?
The key role of Fontographer in the font revolution
Defining typography
Some type terminology
How do you draw with paths?
Type drawing tools

The Fontographer Toolbox
The transformation tools
The Pen Tool
A Revised Decorative Font
The Font Info dialog
Using the Layers palette
Modifying a font
Building a pieces glyph
Pasting in the components
Fixing all the special characters
Moving on: a new font
Setting up the font
Doing the caps
Developing a work style
Doing the lowercase
If you do not like my serifs or weight decisions
Finishing the lowercase
Letterspacing
Looking at letterspacing conceptually, What is the goal?
Auto-spacing in Fontographer
If you are going to sell your fonts
Accents (diacritics) and composites
Currency glyphs & other specialities
Ligatures, Swashes et al
OpenType features
Designing oldstyle figures
Building the small caps
Finishing the letterspacing
Auto Kern settings
Dealing with the small caps
Finishing the font
Fixing the rough glyphs
Doing a bold version
This is where you find out how well you drew the original font
Dealing with the different weights
Adding an italic
Generating a font
Web fonts
Beginning a new font of your own
Type Classifications
The entire oldstyle period
Sans serif classifications
Current fashion
Mimicking handwriting
Starting to draw a new font
Dealing with scans & stuff
Developing a standard procedure
An order of creation
Letter construction tips
Number construction tips
Appendix A: Advanced Letterspacing
Hand letterspacing fonts
Fontographer?s Metrics panel
Letterspacing as you draw
Conforming your options to reality
Using the Metric Panel
Some letterspacing tips
Appendix B: Dealing with OpenType & Resources
Index

 

Richard Fink wrote a review of the 3rd edition (very similar) here.

If you're really interested in following the text and learning by doing, a companion spiral-bound workbook is available from Lulu .

 
Practical Font Design - 3rd ed.
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Practical Font Design

The Revised and Expanded Third Edition

by David Bergsland

Buy the e-book

   Available as an e-book (PDF and ePub formats) download for US$9.99


About the e-book

A rewritten, expanded 3rd edition including the second edition of part one and part two (on building book font families) plus new materials giving a practical walk through the process of designing a font and families using FontLab Studio. This is not about artistic considerations, but the practicalities of putting a font together. On the other hand, the design approach is fine art. David's training is as a fine art printmaker: etchings & stone lithography.

The basic procedure we use for font design is found in this book. It is a step by step following of new font designs with tips and comments along the way.

This is not a book for programmers and scripters. This is a book for graphic designers and typographers who love type and want to make their own fonts?either for themselves or to sell.

In the process of writing this book several things were developed that you might find useful in your design process. In general these are pieces of copy or FontLab files that will save you the time required to make your own. There are lists of composite glyphs to generate, and OpenType features file, and a text file to use when generating metrics and kerning tables. You can find them on this page.

Here's a condensed table of contents for you to see what is in the book:


A practical approach to classifying fonts 9
Type drawing tools 33
The creation of a font 47
Starting to draw 67
Letterspacing 109
Generating fonts for testing 123
Making composite glyphs 127
Adding OpenType Features 133
Kerning your new font 151
Tracing drawings & artwork 163
Designing font families 171
Building the Display version 243
 

 Richard Fink says:

"If you?re looking for a brief, straightforward introduction to fonts, I recommend David Bergsland?s Practical Font Design. Unlike a lot of books that make you feel like you?re seated in the back row of a crowded lecture hall, this one feels like a private tutorial."

Read his full review here.

 
Decorate with Type
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Decorate with Type

An encyclopedia of decorative and novelty fonts

by Harry Pears


About the book

     This is the first new specimen book of type that we've seen in a long time. It's particularly timely in that the proliferation of new digital type has left many, especially those new to the field, overwhelmed with the number of choices. Mr. Pears has done an admirable job of organizing this confusion and producing a volume which will be used again and again by the practitioner in search of the perfect font for the job. Decorate with Type - ToC

      When you're looking for just the right typeface it's an incredible time saver to have all your best choices lined up nicely so that you can compare and contrast. This is exactly what Harry Pears does for decorative and novelty fonts in this new book.
     There are more than 1,290 complete alphabetic font specimens, divided into 27 major categories with each category having several subcategories. These are all neatly laid out in the table of contents at the front of the book for easy access. To make things even more convenient, there is an index of font names at the back of the book. Thus the book can be used as a reference in two ways, 1) by looking for the category/subcategory of font in which you are interested, and 2) by looking up the name of a font and going to its page, where you will find it surrounded by similar fonts. 

About the AuthorPage 235

           Mr. Pears is a veteran of the type world. He started his career as a colour camera operator, but quickly moved on to phototypesetting. With the advent of digital typography he set up shop marketing these new fonts in Australia. Since then he has produced a few fonts of his own, and eventually this book, which introduces a new system for categorizing decorative type.

 

 

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Decorate with Type, by Harry Pears

244 pages, semi-hardbound 

ISBN 9780646475622

950gm, H210xL277xT16mm

List price  - A$60

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 Because this is a physical item and must be mailed from Australia the shipping costs are significant. The prices quoted below include all shipping costs. We are using an exchange rate of approximately 1AU$ = 0.89US$.

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Type Posters

Type Posters from Fontlab

 These beautiful posters make great decorations for classrooms, studios, offices, even dorm rooms! And not only are they good-looking, but each one is a reference work in its own right. Buy the bundle and save 50%!

 

1. Periodic Table of Typefaces

by Cam Wilde

 A takeoff on the periodic table of elements illustrating the top 100 typefaces of all time, from Helvetica (#1) to News Gothic (#100), grouped by font style with an example from each typeface.

24 x 36 inches

 US$19.95

 

 

2. Designing Type

by Karen Cheng, Associate Professor and the Chair of the Visual Communication Design Program, University of Washington, and author of the book Designing Type

 

An award-winning poster of  techniques of Latin type design

University and College Designers Association Annual Competition, 2008
Excellence Award for FontLab Educational Poster

Linotype Helvetica Now 2007 Poster Contest
FontLab educational poster, placed 21st from more than 1400 entries.

27 x 39 inches

US$19.95

 

 

 

 

3. Type Terminology

by Mandi Pralle, Adjunct Instructor at the Art Institute of Colorado

 A new update of our poster of illustrations and definitions of terms frequently used in type design including all the parts of a glyph, different font styles, spacing nomenclature, etc.

24 x 36 inches

 US$19.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. History of Type

by Priscilla Holme s

 A beautiful cornucopia of the evolution of type from hieroglyphics to OpenType, webfonts and photofonts.

24 x 36 inches

 US$19.95


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. The Italic

by Priscilla Holmes

 A family tree of the italic typeface, including the original, its descendants, relatives and illegitimate offspring. Nicely done with portraits of the great type designers and examples of their work.

24 x 36 inches

 US$19.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Special Bargain Bundle - buy posters #1-#5 (all 5 of them) for only US$59.79 - a 40% discount!

We sell orders of multiple posters, either the same poster or mix and match, at a discount. Please contact our order department (orders @ fontlab.com) for a quotation.
 
Learn FontLab Fast
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Learn FontLab Fast; A Simplified Manual

?Learn FontLab Fast? by Leslie Cabarga is a simplified guide to creating fonts using the Fontlab Ltd. series of applications including TypeTool , FontLab Studio 5, Fontographer and AsiaFont Studio. On 164 picture-packed pages in 8 x 10-inch format, he goes through the process of font creation from concept to installation. The book has been written to enable users to dramatically cut down the learning curve required to master FontLab and its sister programs, TypeTool, Fontographer, and AsiaFont Studio. Author and designer Leslie Cabarga (who also wrote Logo, Font, & Lettering Bible) packed Learn FontLab Fast with illustrations, diagrams and screenshots, and cut the text to a minimum so learning to create fonts that you can load onto your own computer and/or distribute commercially becomes easy and enjoyable

The book explains drawing and editing glyphs, metrics and kerning. There is information about OpenType, encoding and other mysteries of the font header, contributed by the book?s technical editor Adam Twardoch.

Learn FontLab Fast begins by explaining the techniques used by five established font designers to create their own fonts. The book will tell you everything you need to know to: begin using the program; to open existing fonts and create new ones; to scan your sketches and add them as backgrounds; to paste drawings into FontLab from Adobe Illustrator; to understanding and using the brush and pen tools to draw glyph characters; to correctly setting up parameters in the Font Info window so your fonts will perform correctly on any computer; to making Type 1, TrueType and OpenType fonts; to spacing, kerning and hinting fonts; to adding accented characters; to using components and anchors; to setting up font families; to making OpenType fonts with special features and organizing those features into classes. The book also features an extensive, cross-referenced ?find-anything? Index.

Beginners will appreciate the logical structure and detailed illustrations. Experienced users will learn new tips and tricks. Everything you need to know about creating a font is packed into this volume. To get your copy (only US$26.95) just follow the link to http://www.logofontandlettering.com/   to see all of Leslie Cabarga's logo and font related books. You can also click this *link* to order directly from Fontlab .


Leslie Cabarga: Learn FontLab Fast
Iconoclassics, July 2004, Second Edition, July 2007
ISBN 0965762858
http://www.logofontandlettering.com/

About the Author

Leslie Cabarga is an illustrator, designer and font designer who has authored over two-dozen books on graphic design. His illustration has appeared on the covers of such magazines as Time, Fortune, Newsweek, National Lampoon, and Los Angeles. He has created over 40 fonts including Magneto Bold, Streamline, Rocket, BadTyp and the Kobalt Family. Leslie's previous book, ?Logo, Font & Lettering Bible,? has received high-praise from many respected typographers and designers such as Matthew Carter, Roger Black, Rian Hughes, Jim Parkinson, Daniel Pelavin, Jill Bell, Alan Haley, Dirk Uhlenbrock, Hrant Papazian, Filip Blazek and Thomas Phinney. Where the Logo, Font & Lettering Bible teaches how to draw letters and comprehend all the rules of letterform design, Learn FontLab Fast goes the next step in teaching how to actually take those letters and make them into fonts.

Leslie figured he was the perfect guy to write Learn FontLab Fast, since he didn't know beans about the program. ?I figured that I was the average designer trying to learn FontLab who didn?t want to have to wade through the densely-written 700-page program manual,? Leslie says. ?So every time I felt confused, I got my answers directly from the creators of FontLab and then I made it my business to explain the procedures I was learning in simple terms, and with plenty of pictures, to make the kind of manual I wanted to read myself.?

 
Typographic Design

Designing with Type 3: A Basic Course in Typography

by James Craig, Susan E. Meyer (editor)
ISBN:0823013057

Filled with information on comping, designing with type, typesetting, and more. 175 pages, 400+ illustrations.

Designing Books: Practice and Theory

by Jost Hochuli, Robin Kinross
ISBN:0907259081

The Design of Books

by Adrian Wilson with Foreword by Sumner Stone
ISBN:081180304

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Sample, Specimen, and Illustrative Books

American Type Play

by Steven Heller, Gail Anderson
ISBN:0866363246

Over 400 contemporary examples of typographic and design ingenuity from more than 150 leading designers. 400+ color images.

Art Deco Display Alphabets: 100 Complete Fonts

by Dan X.Solo (Editor)
ISBN:0486243729

Dan Solo and Dover Press have about a dozen of these type sample books out. A  very inexpensive way to get a good idea of a particular  typographic genre.

Read more...
 
Books on Typographic Technique and Technology

Digital Type Design Guide

by Sean Cavanaugh
ISBN:1568301901

Gets down to the nitty gritty of digital type. Covers both Mac and PC perspectives and has chapters on e-mail and graphic type as well. Includes a CD with 200+ typefaces and Hey! a FontLab demo!

CONTENTS:
1. Postscript and TrueType Fonts: The Basics
2. Postscript and TrueType Fonts on the Macintosh
3. Postscript and TrueType Fonts with Microsoft Windows
4. Cross Platform Issues
5. Working with Characters
6. Ligatures and Expert Set Characters
7. The Rules of Digital Typography
8. E-mail Typography
9. Type as Graphic Element
10. Choosing Typefaces
11. Typefaces (Examples)

 

Type Rules! The designer's guide to professional typography

by Ilene Strizver
ISBN-10: 047172114X
ISBN-13: 978-0471721147

A comprehensive book (224 pages)  on the niceties of typographic composition. Every chapter is loaded with illustrations and examples and has exercises to drive home the points. And there's even a chapter on making your own typeface.

 

Finer Points in the Spacing and Arrangement of Type

by Geoffrey Dowding
ISBN:0881791199

Photoshop Type Magic II

by Greg Simsic
ISBN:1568303297

More step-by-step instructions on how to create spectacular type effects in Photoshop. Lots of screen shots.

Cool Type

by Spencer Drate, Jutka Salavetz and Mark Smith
ISBN:0891347283

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Philosophy and Theory of Typography

Anatomy of a Typeface

by Alexander Lawson
ISBN:0879233338

The End of Print: The Graphic Design of David Carson

by Lewis Blackwell, Davidwis Carson, David Carson
ISBN:0811811999

A personal, inside look at David Carson's work and philosophies — the first and only book to document his career.

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History and Biography of Typography

Alphabet: The History, Evolution, and Design of the Letters We Use Today

by Allan Haley
ISBN:0823001709

Counterpunch: Making Type in the 16th Century, Designing Typefaces Now

by Fred Smeijers
ISBN:0907259065

Typographers on Type: An Illustrated Anthology from William Morris to the Present Day

by Ruari McLean (Editor)
ISBN:0393702014

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