Becoming a Font Designer

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.

 

Skillshare:

(Follow this link for two months of FREE Premium!)

Jamie Bartlett

Build A Better Font: An in-depth guide to creating better fonts

https://skl.sh/3b4hwvG

Monoline

https://skl.sh/2W4mtAj

 

Mary Kate Devitt

Hand Lettering Essentials

https://skl.sh/3b8ioiT

 

Peggie Dean

Create your own font on the iPad (iFontMaker)

https://skl.sh/2yvvsS3

 

Celeste Duffy

Make Hand Lettered Fonts Using Procreate (and Caligraphr)

https://skl.sh/3beZWVB

 

Spencer Charles

Hand Lettering Styles and Techniques for Embellishment

https://skl.sh/2WNxIwb

 

Linda/LinkedIn Learning:

(They have a 30-day free trial available.)

Charles Nix

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/glyphs-app-essential-training/

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/design-a-condensed-sans-serif-typeface/

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/learning-type-design/

 

John Roshell

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/creating-a-font-for-apps-and-games-with-glyphs/

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/lettering-comic-books-with-illustrator/

 

Helpful/inspirational but not necessary:

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/helvetica

 

Other Teachers/Courses:

Teela Cunningham

(new course starts October 2020)

https://courses.every-tuesday.com/p/learn-font-making

 

Le Punkt Noir

How to Create a Script Font (Blogpost)

https://lepunktnoir.studio/how-to-create-a-script-font/

 

Other  Helpful Resources:

Diacritics help:

http://diacritics.typo.cz/

 

Creating Smooth Connections in Script:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRus6slE5r4

 

Testing your Font/Kerning:

http://www.as8.it/type/basic_kerning_text.html

https://pangrampangram.com/blogs/journal/kern-king-is-dead-long-live-kern-king-br-the-great-template-for-kerning-types#kernking

 

Handlettering: How to Vector your Letterforms

https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/hand-lettering-how-to-vector-your-letterforms–cms-23248

 

Drawing Good Paths:

https://glyphsapp.com/tutorials/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.