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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