How to make typography

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Developing typography is really pretty simple. The difficult part is the details of the letters and many other things. Depending upon what you plan to do with the typography will determine the type design. Then you will want to figure out what is the most important part of your typography.

For one you want to determine what type of typography you were going to be making. The different types are hand drawn typography and digital type to keep it simple. Which honestly hand drawn typography which is normally what the digital typography comes from. Which will depend upon whether or not its going to be used as a font.

The steps to take to make typography

  1. Determine what the font will be used for
  2. Determine whether or not this will be a hand drawn quote or font
  3. Fix the details
  4. Fix the details some more
  5. Fix the details even more
  6. Digitize (scan onto your computer) or outline with microns or fineliners to give it a finished look
  7. Clean up everything and smooth out your typography
  8. Go back over each little detail
  9. Finish

Making typography is such a fun and relaxing thing. But you may or not understand the amount of detail that is involved with creating a font. Also hand lettering can be such a time consuming task. Which will utterly depend on you if you are wanting to make it look beautiful or just to finish it. So go and have fun with typography.


Why America is Fucked.

Aaron Draplin seems like he’d be a really cool guy to meet. But anyhow after I watched this video it made perfect sense to me how sign companies tend to be. There’s plenty of visual pollution around everywhere. If you take just a moment and looked at signage you can tell if the person took the time to really think the whole design through or not.

Whats your thoughts on the Video?

Erik Spiekermann – Extra Interview

When I first seen this video I was blown away when he said that he will not read anything unless he’s identified the typeface. It really opened my eyes up to how serious people take design. When he talked about how people are not supposed to know something has changed its just gotten better. Then when he talked about arial was great and it was a little history lesson as well.


Helvetica Documentary

There have been countless number of times I have watched this documentary. The first time I watched it I really had no idea that helvetica was such a widely used typeface. The more I started to get into typography as of watching this I started to study fonts and learn more about them as a whole. Now I rarely if ever use helvetica in any of my work, I believe that frutiger is a more cleaner and well crafted font, Also Nue Haas Grotesk is overall more pleasant to look at to my eyes at least.


Whats your favorite typeface?

Erik Spiekermann Typomania

This is one very important video from Erik Spiekerman about typography. Erik Spiekerman is a  German Designer and Typographer. In This video it will teach the meaning behind why certain typefaces are used for businesses, products and etc. 

If you have not already picked up Erik’s book Stop Stealing sheep and find out how type works is a book to read. It will help improve your typography in a positive way.