Creative Fabrica

Around three weeks ago I started designing fonts using Affinity Designer and FontForge.

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I do nearly all the design in Affinity Designer and basically just the font specific stuff in FontForge.

Then a week ago I tried my luck at submitting my fonts to DaFont, three of them were accepted, and after my first was accepted I was contacted by this Dutch company called Creative Fabrica to submit my fonts for commercial licensing there, pretty surprised since my experience with working with stock photography and illustration was that it was kind of difficult to have things accepted.

The fonts I have on Creative Fabrica are here (just click on the image and you’ll be redirected to the site):

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More more more…

Two more fonts have been uploaded to my Font Designs page.

PiRad – an experiment in designing letters inscribed in a semi-circle.

Klub Katz – Much like my first Montebello-font, a simple thin font inspired by neon lights. This time I’ve chosen slab serifs and having “no closed paths”. The name is a reference to the works of John Dilworth.

Manos – the hands of font

This time, I thought I’d try and make a handwritten font.

What I did was:

  • Write the letters on a piece of grid paper.
  • Trace the letters onto plain white paper using a marker and a light table.
  • Scan the clean drawn letters to a jpeg file.
  • Auto-traced the jpeg into a pdf using the “Super Vectorizer” program.
  • Isolated the letters to individual curves using the boolean intersection operation.
  • Exported the letters to individual SVGs and imported them into FontForge as usual.

I did some small cleanup on the letters of course, but I haven’t bothered changing the sizes of the minuscules yet. I find too much “nitpicking” can be detrimental to productivity, so I try not to spend too much time on details at the moment.

The font can be downloaded here. Or you can fint it on my font designs page.

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A little Affinity Designer and FontForge How To

Here’s a screencast showing how to:

  • Find the baseline, ascender and descender of a font you designed.
  • Export the individual glyphs into an SVG somewhat efficiently.
  • Start a new FontForge document and set the ascender and descender accordingly.
  • Import the individual glyphs into FontForge.
  • Generate the Font and install it on in macOS.

There’s no sound, it’s just a 6 minute video showing how I do it.

Logo suggestions

As I mentioned earlier, I was asked to come up with a few logo design suggestions for a real estate project my employer had.

These are a few of the suggestions I came up with: