web based font makers:
for thinner font designs – https://glyphter.com
font design book:
font design lecture:
Free fonts (inspiration):
free downloadable programs:
for mac/pc: https://birdfont.org
for mac/pc/linux: http://fontforge.github.io/en-US/
FONT Building basics:
The following images (taken from the Fontforge book, link above) show some basic shapes and structures you can use to build letters quickly. Try building these shapes FIRST so that you can reuse the to build many of your letters.
Stems- use for A, B, D, E, F, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, P, R, T, V, W, X, Y, Z
Bowls- use for B, C, D, E, G, J, O, P, Q, R, S,
Height of Cap-Height and X-height
Consider the relationship between your Capital letter heights (cap-height) and the height of you lowercase letters
(x -height). Look at the two letters next to each other and find an aesthetically pleasing relationship.
Creating Illustrator Guidelines
You may want to create additional angled guidelines in illustrator to help you design your letters.
1. Use the line tool to create an angled line. You can set the specifics by clicking (don’t drag) on your document with the line tool.
2. Now select the line, and right-click and choose MAKE GUIDE to convert the line into a GUIDE.
4. Make sure that you document is set to snap to grid, VIEW>SNAP TO GRID.
5. Now hold the Alt/Option key on your keyboard and drag a copy of your newly created grid line.
6. Now you can press COMMAND+D to copy that guideline, keep pressing COMMAND+D until you have filled your entire document with grid lines! DONE!