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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)

Create an original nclopdh (lowercase only) perfectly drawn in Glyphs
using the handouts as a starting point design your own nclopdh.

Objectives:
basics of traditional text face design and basics of Glyphs
understand construction of the n and understand why it is a key letterform
understand how font design is a system - similarities and differences between characters.
understand the extrema, points and handles, how to draw and correct in Glyphs
understand and construct overshoots
understand the principles of spacing
understand how to create a variable font





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 structure for every project.
Your name, Project Name, Scans, Glyphs, Presentation pdf, Project Overview (google doc or word)

Thinking about what we talked about letter construction/ typographic systems create and the given nclp handout create your own original nclopdh. Use the resources above, read over what we talked about in class. Please 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. Constructed letters only.

Bring your 8 different nclopdh explorations to class on Wed. Be prepared to talk about 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.

Show and tell. Pin up your studies. What did you find interesting or challenging when doing the homework? Also... Who did you find interesting to follow on instagram (add them here so we can look at them in class).

And bring your tracing paper and pens/pencils...

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Monday, January 27

Crit letters + Refine + pdf reference to refine letters

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

How can you add some nuance to the ascender and or to the serif? If you liked a sans serif best that is fine just for experience try adding serifs in-class just to see how it changes the letterform.

Scan the them or take a photo of them. I use the Lightroom app. Make sure the work is square (not literally a square), 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 head start 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.

Who did you find interesting to follow on instagram (add them here so we can look at them in class).

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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.

___ Draw Good Paths: glyphsapp.com/tutorials/drawing-good-paths
___ Initial drawings: define key components to use over and over (stem width, 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: until 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 Tips 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
___ Transformations: use the alignment tool to align points.
___ Use the measurement tool to measure point to handle...

HOMEWORK
Who did you find interesting to follow on instagram
(add them here so we can look at them in class).

If you download Glyphs Trial remember it will expire before the class is over so you will have to purchase it. *don't purchase yet there is a step to do so you can get the student discount.

Finish getting nclopdh into Glyphs draw them as correctly as you can. Take your time. Try to refine so all your stems are the same, all your curves/arches are the same.

Please put your glyphs file in your folder on the google drive so we can look at them in class. google drive.

Export the font as a .otf file (open type file) (not .ttf, true type file) drop it into .otf into FontBook. Use Illustrator or InDesign to print out nclopdh and at least 6 words 150pt tall.

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Monday, February 3: nclopdh in Glyphs as perfect as you can
Review and refine nclopdh

Plugins
to from the WINDOW -> Plug-in Manager
Fix Zero Handles
Red Arrows (just tried it and it is cool)
Stem Thickness

Start proportion study... which pick fonts so you all are looking at 2 different fonts.

HOMEWORK
see below

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Wednesday, February 5
class is optional you can GO TO THE PARADE.

Due by Friday (so you have time!)

Refine your nclopdh

Upload
your nclopdh to the class google drive. Have a folder for your Process/Sketches, Glyphs, PDF Presentation (create a nice professional a presentation about your font (as many pages as you want). Include process, final nclopdh, at least 6 words, and call out some characteristics) Landscape. Wide Screen. In your folder please include the Project Overview.

Make at least one square instagram ready image (1080 x 1080). Put that into your presenation folder. You can have more than one if you want :)

For Monday.
Please read over and look at the pictures Romain du Roi will introduce the project on Monday.

Please pick one serif and one sans serif and do a Capital proportional studies | ai | pdf (build reference pdf in class) print it out 11 x 17 in color and upload a pdf of your study to this folder so everyone can reference it.

Look at the proportion of the letters: use https://www.letterfountain.com/drawingtofont.html
and pages 12 - 70 in Designing Type as a reference for proportion and construction of each letter

Bring tracing paper, grid paper (square grid you can make your own if you want), circle template, triangle, ruler, pencil, eraser, pens to class we will start the next excercise: Roman Du Roi.

Who did you find interesting to follow on instagram (add them here so we can look at them in class).





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