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Design A Digital Typeface Short Course

Design A Digital Typeface Short Course

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Lisa Gellender


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.

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.

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

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.

Level: All Levels

Please note that all courses scheduled to start before 30 June 2020 will take place in an online classroom. Courses starting after this date will be held in our onsite classrooms.

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Online courses are not available to book on the day they start.

Tutor Description

Lisa Gellender is an Educator and Creative Director with extensive creative industry experience. Building on a successful career working at Coley Porter Bell and Design Bridge, Lisa formed Gellender Creative in 2004 to provide specialist branding and editorial design for a prestigious range of clients including Selfridges, London College of Fashion and Defected Records.

Revisiting her passion for graphic communication, Lisa completed an MA in Graphic Design at UAL in 2014, thus facilitating her transition into education in 2015. Extensive practice based experience underpins her teaching methods whilst informing curriculum planning and delivery. Alongside her part time role teaching on the BA Graphic Communication course at University of the Creative Arts, Lisa is an Associate Lecturer on the MA Fashion Journalism and Media course at London College of Fashion and the BA Graphic & Media Design course at London College of Communication.


All materials needed will be provided on the first day.

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