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Professor: Andrea Herstowski
Office: 353 Chalmers Hall
Office hours: by appointment

email: herstow@ku.edu

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The Letter Model (in progress)





Fred Smeijers is a Dutch graphic, type designer and writer. 
- Watch https://adobe.eyedo.com/fr-FR/#!/Live/Detail/16423 (11:15 -


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Eric E Blokland (Reading Letters for Legibility, Sofia Berier)

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from Reading Letters, Sofie Beier

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RESOURCES
Anatomy refresher/Formal Characteristics.pdf
Characteristic Choices
Watch https://adobe.eyedo.com/fr-FR/#!/Live/Detail/16423 (11:15 -
Typographic Systems Constructions.pdf

The Letter Model
Anatomy refresher/Formal Characteristics.pdf
LetterFountain
LetterModel Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IORbqkDZdoY
The LeMo method https://typedrawers.com/discussion/749/the-lemo-method
The LeMo https://www.lettermodel.org/wordpress/?attachment_id=Video_1

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CALENDAR
- Worksheet.pdf
- Homework.pdf
- Examples.pdf

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Wednesday, January 22

Syllabus + Intro to Letter Model.

Make folder structure on the google drive. Use this file sturcture for every project.
Your name, Project Name, Scans, Glyphs, Presenation pdf, Project Overview (google doc or word)

Thinking about what we talked about letter construction/ typographic systems create your own nclopdh. Use the resources above, read over what we talked about in class. Read

To start use the sheets given to you in class. Choose one of the 4 examples and go from there to create new new letterforms and then expand the number of letters to nclopdh. Explore at least 8 different nclopdh ideas. Have fun. Work only by hand. Work full-size (original size).

Think about contrast (difference between thick and thins, weight (light vs bold), x-height/ ascenders/ descender.

Use tracing paper, grid paper, whatever you want. NO hand-lettering.

Bring your 8 different nclopdh explorations to class on Wed. Be preapred to talk abou them and have some favorites. Have no fear. Don't think about what I want. Make 8 different sets that you make up the rules on how the letters are constructed, build each character from the other. c + l = d. flip the d to make the p. etc. You have to like them.

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Monday, January 27

Crit letters + Refine

Refine your favorite nclopdh can you make the letterforms more beautiful or more ulgy get them to a point that you like them :)

Scan the them or take a photo of them. Make sure the work is square (not litterally a sqaure), square on the page/straight. Horizontal. Rotate them. Place the scans into your Scans on the google drive.

Make hand in folder use this system for every project do this in class -- will count off if you don't hand in the project correctly is part of the process and final grade.

Get a headstart in Glyphs watch some of the videos under: Drawing in Glyphs/Refining your letters.

Start going down the list of links of listed on the left -note the ones that interest you. Take your time you don't have to click on them all now just start making your way down.

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Wednesday, January 29
Crit letter. Discuss parts

Look at the letters, break them into parts, look at the stems, arches, counters.
Intro to Glyphs tutorial. Work in class.


___ Draw Good Paths: glyphsapp.com/tutorials/drawing-good-paths
___ Intial drawings: define key components to use over and over (stem witdh, contrast, serifs)
___ Draw an O
___ Change the Fit Curve
___ Start with the n
___ Draw the stem - note the Dimensions
___ Draw the serif. Use components for serifs: unil you have them settled on.
___ Draw the arch of the n. Correct round anchors and square anchors
___ Correct the extremes, correct the handles, balance the handles (fit curve)
___ Note Dimensions
___ Background layer. Copy and paste the n into the background and then refine the n.
___ Font info
___ Name your font even it you are going to change it later
___ Type Mechanics. (part two is for later)
___ Set up your Master so the x-height, cap height, overshoot are set.
___ Turn on Red Arrows and try an correct.
___ Merge the letter
___ Use Reconnect Nodes when you need to adjust.

Once your n is drawn as perfectly as you can. you have the l and the h. make them. make the o next.
___ letterspace nonoonno then space nolonln then honohhn try to grasp the system.
___ Spacing Tiips Read: Walter Tracy: Letters of Credit | Spacing pdf: Spacing

Other Glyphs stuff
___ Use Open Corners to adjust large dark areas in M N W V etc
___ Transformaitions: use the alignment tool to align points.
___ Use the measurement tool to measure point to handle...

If you download Glyphs to fo the WINDOW -> Plugin Manager
Fix Zero Handels
Red Arrows (just tried it and it is cool)
Stem Thickness

Finish getting nclopdh into Glyphs draw them as correctly as you can. Take your time. Refine. Save your images of your sketches, final drawing and Glyphs file(s) save as not save over and font file into your folder on the google drive.

Export the font as a otf file (open type file). drop it into FontBook. Make a presenation about your font (as many pages as you want. Landscape. Wide Screen.

Print out nclopdh and at least 6 words at least 72pts tall.

Come to class on Monday with all of the above done and ready to go.

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Monday, February 2: Letter Model Due.
Follow the handin structure. Make sure you get everythign into the folder.
*if you have questions or problems come to class with them so we can work through them together.

Make it variable. Thin and Thick. Go as thin or thick as you want. Keep the contrast.

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Wednesday, February 4: Variable Model Due. google drive.
Save your glyphs file into the correct folder. Export. Test it in illustrator and make a new pdf presentation.



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