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Examples of different print fonts.

Design A Digital Typeface Short Course

Course description

Go beyond the limitations of commercial type foundries and create a unique digital display typeface, from A to Aimed at anyone with an interest in typography, this practice based course will guide you through the process of designing your own typeface, whilst helping you gain an understanding of the principles of typography.

Initial experimentation will involve cut and paste exercises using geometric components to gain an understanding of basic letterform structures. Further exploration will examine the anatomy of a typeface, helping you gain a working knowledge of type specification and terminology for future use. Testing and playing with a limited range of letterforms will help inform your direction, thereby defining the characteristics of your display or headline typeface.

Progressing your ideas in digital form using basic Illustrator tools will aid the development of a unique roman alphabet while examining legibility and readability. Applying your letterforms using Fontstruct will provide the opportunity to develop your typeface across a full alphabet for further application beyond the course.

Who should take this course?

Anyone wishing to create their own display typeface to demonstrate type design skills while developing an in depth understanding of typography.

Course Outcomes

A full display alphabet of English (roman) letterforms in either upper or lowercase for future commercial or personal application. A thorough understanding of typeface design, from concept to creation.

Entry requirements: No prior experience is required in font design, but basic Adobe Illustrator skills are essential.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Available dates

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Details

Topics covered:

  • Investigate historical and contemporary typeface design
  • Learn the principles of typography for print and digital media
  • Expand your type design skills using Illustrator and Fontstruct
  • Develop an experimental approach to letterform design
  • Publish and promote your typeface for personal or commercial use

Materials

All materials needed will be provided on the first day.

Meet the Tutor:

Go beyond the limitations of commercial type foundries and create a unique digital display typeface, from A to Z. Aimed at anyone with an interest in typography, this practice based course will guide you through the process of designing your own typeface, whilst helping you gain an understanding of the principles of typography.

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