“The Norwegian type Scene”

As I googled my name as I do every now and then I found I was listed somewhere new and unexpected.

It seems someone is cataloguing type designers and typographers from all over the world and I’m listed as part of “the Norwegian type scene”, which is kind of a nice surprise.

Here’s another one of my many online profiles, perhaps the first I didn’t make myself:

http://luc.devroye.org/fonts-89827.html

 

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.

ManosPreview

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.

Affinity Designer is Fontastic!

A few weeks ago, I was asked by my employer to come up with a few logo ideas.
While designing one logo I thought I’d design the characters myself.

I liked how the letters came out and thought I’d continue working on these to make a font, so I used it as an opportunity to get familiar with the FontForge program.

Using this I made a simple sans-serif Font by exporting individual SVG files per glyph and importing them into FontForge.

The True Type Font can be downloaded here: http://www.tcarisland.com/fonts/Montebello.ttf

 

At the moment I have yet to begin kerning the letters and make any special characters and punctuation. I haven’t inserted the “bold” version of the font either, but it’s a start.

MontebelloFont