Digital Type Founding
Fonts. We see them everywhere, use them daily, and seldom pause to ask where they come from. This introductory course surveys concepts and processes involved in creating typefaces from initial sketches to digital fonts. Students will design their own typefaces based on existing models from letterpress printing, calligraphy and other lettering arts. Topics include developing concepts and gestures into a coherent visual system, using current font-making tools (particularly FontLab Studio 5), drawing vector art, managing space, and developing OpenType features that empower fonts to do tricks like mimicking handwriting.
Prerequisites: basic experience in typography and in Adobe Illustrator.
Level: beginner to advanced
Note: During this period of remote learning, access to a computer or other digital device is essential for attending lectures, demonstrations and critiques. Students who are taking courses in digital media must have access to a computer, and will be asked to purchase a student license to the Adobe Suite. Tufts is making these licenses available at a greatly reduced price. Adobe software is not only essential for your courses, but is essential to almost any design or illustration practice. By purchasing this software, you will be able to access it on your own computer at your convenience. Instructions on purchasing and downloading the software will be sent to you before classes begin.