I'm not saying that all the free fonts are bad, but some (and I may mean most) really are not fabulous and they are not well designed! There are times when using a "not well designed" font is applicable...I have done it many time. In fact, I designed this Character Traits T-shirt using a lot of "not well designed" fonts. It was appropriate for the subject matter.
|If you like the tee, go to Leave A Trace and make a request.|
|This is one of the many calligraphy exercises|
I did during typography classes
|I also found this project which is a graphic|
representation of serif and sans serif letters.
So just where am I going with this? Well this week I am exploring typography and how we communicate visually. For example on the t-shirt above, I tried to create a feeling of each word with the font that I used. Was I successful? Mostly, there were a few that were harder that others. Sometimes it's hard to find the "perfect font".
I digress, but I will keep it short.....one late night, when I was searching for the "perfect font," going to web page after web page when I decided it was probably like looking through mug shots for that elusive criminal. What an analogy, huh?
Anyway, did you know that many of the old masters of Typography, and type designers today use math and engineering principles to design type? It's really interesting! So for my sketching today, I decided to try to design a letter or two. Maybe one day I'll design a whole typeface, but I doubt it since it's not my cup of tea.
This is an example of a typeface designed by Philippe Grandjean from the 1690's:
|Construction of the letter G|
|Romain Du Roi Font|
|2 sets of 2 circles for an S|
|Subtracted small circles from large circles|
|Cut away areas...it sorta looks like an S, but not even close.|