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Question for the internet: let’s say I want to turn this into a working font. Right now these are vector shapes in Illustrator. Obviously I’ll add punctuation, numerals, etc. Then what? I’ve never done this before.


  1. Paul, that is gorgeous, Ii want it!

    Next step is to create a font using a font editor. Check out Font Labs. http://www.fontlab.com/font-editor/

  2. You import the shapes into a font-editing / creating software application, such as Fontographer:
    At your discretion you can apply many details and hints, such as letter spacing/kerning, etc.
    I have used it in the past and it’s not a breeze, as I’m sure you can imagine, though doable with persistence.

  3. 14 regions, 13 bridges. who’s missing a bridge?

  4. Thanks Eric and Antonio. I’m going to check out fontographer and see if I’ve got time to take that on before I leave here. I really want to.

  5. Looks brilliant Paul — I’ve been told that kerning normally takes 85% of the time of making a typeface.

  6. Actually, given that your letterforms are essentially rectilinear with no protrusions there would be very little kerning needed to make this typeface work. If you like, Paul, you can send me the illustrator file, I’ll import it into Fontographer and send you back the results (a true type font) so you can experiment with it and see what you want to do next.

  7. Woodrow, that’s very generous of you to offer. If you have a spare minute and it’s easy for you to do, sure. Thank you.

  8. My email address is in the comment. just send it over whenever you like.

  9. Designing type by Karen Cheng is a great tool. It gives guidelines and simple rules to follow: http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=0300111509

  10. As someone who recently went through this process for the first time I recommend watching this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOTLwmmrv8s

    Provided is a template linked in the description. The video details a simple workflow for moving your shapes easily from Illustrator to FontLab.

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