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Handmade Type Workshop: Tips, Tools & Techniques for Creating Custom Typography

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Lettering is an essential starting point for anyone looking to communicate in a creative way. It is one of the most inspiring and versatile areas of graphic design and a field of constant innovation and reinvention.

With Handmade Type Workshop you can move beyond existing fonts to create, explore, and use original and customized letterforms. Tutorials, profiles, and showcases cover everything from creating 3D and illustrated fonts to installations, digital lettering, and ...

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Overview

Lettering is an essential starting point for anyone looking to communicate in a creative way. It is one of the most inspiring and versatile areas of graphic design and a field of constant innovation and reinvention.

With Handmade Type Workshop you can move beyond existing fonts to create, explore, and use original and customized letterforms. Tutorials, profiles, and showcases cover everything from creating 3D and illustrated fonts to installations, digital lettering, and photographing found type. Both innovative and classic designs are explored, from a range of works including editorial illustrations, posters, and radical conceptual alphabets.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440310379
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 7/20/2011
  • Pages: 170
  • Sales rank: 1,373,453
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Following her graduation from the London Institute (now University of the Arts London), Charlotte Rivers began her career at Graphics International magazine (now Grafik). She has since contributed to a number of international design magazines including Computer Arts Projects, Print, and Cent.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 Character creation

Chapter 1 Illustrated or hand-drawn

Profiles and tutorials

Hansje van Halem 12

Lisa Congdon 16

Natsuki Otani 20

Walrus & Eggman? 24

Yoshi Tajima 28

Charlotte Lord 32

Sneaky Raccoon 36

Gallery 40

Chapter 2 Printed, stitched, or cut

Profiles and tutorials

Smart Emma 48

Evelin Kasikov 52

James Hancock 56

Tyrone Ohia 60

MrYen 62

Mathilde Nivet 66

Amy Borrell 70

Gallery 74

Chapter 3 Digitally drawn

Profiles and tutorials

Natasha Mileshina 82

Honey Design 86

James Lunn 90

Studio Dtam-TM 94

Jason Grube 98

Gallery 102

Chapter 4 3D / Installation

Profiles and tutorials

Amandine Alessandra 108

Vladimir Koncar 112

Me Studio 116

FromKeetra 120

Bank 124

Gallery 126

Chapter 5 Found or photographed

Profiles

Lisa Rienermann 136

Karin von Ompteda 138

Gallery 139

2 Font Creation

Chapter 6 Preparing characters

The anatomy of type 146

From typeface to font 148

Tutorials

Extracting letterforms from photographs 150

Converting to black and white 152

Converting to vector graphics 154

Chapter 7 Creating a font family

Profiles and tutorials

Using FontLab and Fontographer 158

Praline 166

Shawn Hazen 167

Corey Holmes 170

Glossary 172

Contact details 173

Index 175

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