Over the past year, I’ve delved into creating my own fonts after discovering a video on Skillshare. It was one of the most fulfilling things to create my own font from scratch and to see it used to type actual words. Ever since I’ve been trying to learn as much about this topic as possible (proper information is surprisingly hard to come by!) and I’d love to share all my favourite resources that I’ve discovered so far. This blog post focuses on resources that are mostly macOS specific, but there are programs out there for Windows etc. too.
The applications that I use:
Glyphs Mini (They have a 30-day free trial)
iFontmaker (on iPad, found in the App Store)
Procreate (on iPad) and Calligraphr
The following links are all to videos that I have personally watched and can vouch for. Both Skillshare and Linda/LinkedIn Learning have incredible teachers and videos, with the videos by Charles Nix being the best at explaining how the Glyphs app works. These videos have really helped me get a huge headstart in this venture, the rest you learn by messing around and making mistakes. Creating and selling your own fonts is a great way to make a passive income while still doing something creative and satisfying.
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Build A Better Font: An in-depth guide to creating better fonts
Mary Kate Devitt
Hand Lettering Essentials
Create your own font on the iPad (iFontMaker)
Make Hand Lettered Fonts Using Procreate (and Caligraphr)
Hand Lettering Styles and Techniques for Embellishment
(They have a 30-day free trial available.)
Helpful/inspirational but not necessary:
(new course starts October 2020)
Le Punkt Noir
How to Create a Script Font (Blogpost)
Other Helpful Resources:
Creating Smooth Connections in Script:
Testing your Font/Kerning:
Handlettering: How to Vector your Letterforms
Drawing Good Paths:
I’ve loved every bit of learning this new skill and already have a few fonts to show for it. If you’re interested in buying any of my fonts, you can find them in my Creative Market Shop.