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Making Typeface Families

School of Visual Arts via Kadenze


Continuing from the previous courses in The Complete Typographer, Making Typeface Families focuses on drawing a complete alphabet from start to finish, then adding bold and italic variations. Students will choose a sample document for which they'll create a typeface, translate concepts from rough pencil sketches to digitized finishes, and establish cohesiveness in a small trial range of selected characters. Through study of various letterform elements, students will establish how these parts need to come together in a logical way to form a set of related letters and eventually, an entire typeface.


Session 1: Typeface Research And Development  Session 2: Sketching Letterforms  Session 3: Drafting An Initial Limited Character Set  Session 4: Expanding And Completing The Character Set 

Taught by

James Montalbano


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  • Anonymous
    Great walkthrough of all that is involved in creating an alphabet from scratch, lots of guidance, and tips.

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