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Professor: Andrea Herstowski
Office: 353 Chalmers Hall

email: herstow@ku.edu

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Monday, August 24
Wednesday, August 26
Monday, August 31

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The Letter Model: a study of lowercase letters

Create an original nclopdh (lowercase only) perfectly drawn in Glyphs
using the pdf 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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Frank E Blokland (image from Reading Letters: Designing for Legibility, Sofie Beier :

Dr. Frank E. Blokland’s PhD research at Leiden University: On the Origin of Patterning in Movable Latin Type: video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IORbqkDZdoY

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from Reading Letters: Designing for Legibility, Sofie Beier

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RESOURCES
Homework.pdf
Examples.pdf
Anatomy refresher/Formal Characteristics.pdf
Characteristic Choices
Adobe.eyedo.com/fr-FR/#!/Live/Detail/16423 (11:15 -

LetterFountain

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Monday, August 24
_ Syllabus
_ Slack : typeuniverse.slack.com
_ Google Drive
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What is type design? Where or how do you think it would be useful to you as a Designer?
_ Watch Gail Bichler : found
_ Watch Paristyle : Tobias
_ Type Design School with Lynne Yun
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_ Anatomy refresher :: watch need to log into Lynda
_ Formal Characteristics.pdf
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LetterFountain
_ Watch: Modularity
_ Intro to the LetterModel

HOMEWORK
Please Read: this article -- it is very short. Thoughts? Letters/Fonts/Typefaces you think are particularly beautiful or ugly -- add to #inspriration with some comment.

Make folder structure on the google drive. Use this folder/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 your own original nclopdh. To start use the Homework.pdf. 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. Use the resources above, read over what we talked about in class. 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. I understand the WANT but please try and keep your letters on the simple side.

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

Post your 8 different nclopdh explorations in your #channel on slack. 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.

To be ready a for class... Take the 2 ideas you like best and have them ready to work with in Glyphs. Scan the them or take a photo of them. I use the Lightroom app or Adobe Scan. Make sure the work is square / meaning straight, square on the page/straight. Horizontal/ right reading! Rotate them if necessary. Place the scans into your Scans on the google drive.

We will start in Glyphs next class if youlike to learn by watching videos then start here
Starting with the h: www.youtube.com
Watch: https://glyphsapp.com/get-started
Read: glyphsapp.com/tutorials/drawing-good-paths
there are vidoes on Lynda.com....

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Wednesday, August 26

Crit letter. Discuss parts

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

___ Draw an O
___ Change the Fit Curve
___ Draw Good Paths: glyphsapp.com/tutorials/drawing-good-paths
___ Start with the n
___ Initial drawings: define key components to use over and over (stem width, contrast, serifs)
___ 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
___ 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

HOMEWORK
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.

Make some design refinments in Glyphs please read and apply refinements to your designs.

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, August 31
Review and refine nclopdh

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

HOMEWORK
Refine your nclopdh (the best you can, I can help if you need/want) then create a 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.

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

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

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

Will will meet in person and ZOOM. Meet in 312 Chalmers at 3:30. Have tracing paper, grid paper (square grid you can make your own if you want), circle template, triangle, ruler, pencil, eraser, pens...

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