Andrea Herstowski
aherstowski@ku.edu

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Final Font + Promotion

The rest of the semester will be spent on developing a typeface with a fuller glyph set, including all uppercase, all lowercase, numbers/figures, key punctuation and at least 4 diacritics. The first part of the semester was spent learning the principles of type design, how to draw glyphs, open type features, studies in construction and production. For the final project you can pick up any of the projects you did earlier and finish them out with a more complete glyph set or you can use what you have learned and start something new. You decide what option is best for you.


Reminders:
Set overshoots
Create components
Create optical compensation in round letterforms , horizontal vs vertical strokes and diagonals
Set Cap height and/or ascender height
Look at glyphs in context.
Space letters as you design.
Kern is the last stage.

The final project gets a bit complicated because you all with be at different stages. The milestones are set for you to be able to stay on track and to focus class discussions and demos. You can work ahead but don't fall behind.


CALENDAR


Mon. April 1


Introduction to the rest of the semester: final font and promotion
Read through the project milestones and make a plan.



HOMEWORK




For next class... be prepared to talk about...
I am using ___ that I started earlier in the semester or I am creating something new...
I am inspired to create this typeface because…
Typefaces that are similar to the typeface that I want to make it are ...
However, they don’t have these qualities that I want to have in my typeface...
My typeface will be different because...

Design by hand or in glyphs: HAMBERGERFONS or handglovesmurf. Get as far as you can and present what you are doing and where you are.

If you are starting with something you have started. Refine and make forms consistent before moving forward.

Determine overshoots. (Set them now). Set your stroke widths. And space the letters.Draw at least all the glyphs that use the diagonal
if you have started with caps draw the lowercase n (try 3 different x-heights and character widths)

If you have started with the lowercase, draw the uppercase H. (try different heights, different widths and compensate vertical vs horizontal stroke.)

Print out all the letters, put them in words and randomly add the n or H so we can see it in context.



Wed. April 3


Crit letters. Define x-height or cap height.
Setting metrics, overshoots....



HOMEWORK

For the opposite case you have been working on design by hand or in glyphs: HAMBERGERFONS or handglovesmurf and try some diagonal letters ie. k, x, v, w, y

Plus look at the words FINE fine FLIP flip determine if you need the fi, fl, ffl, ffi ligatures.

Sketch some options for ! ? & (ref: designing type and . , : : ? ! )
Print out all the glyphs so far (use the proofs if they help), make sure to show us not only the letters but also in words and use some words that show us if you need fi, fl etc ligatures



Mon. April 8


Crit where you are.
Stylistic Alternates
Ligatures
Open Type Features
Duplicating Glyphs



HOMEWORK

Keep adding glyphs.
Add the period, comma, semi-colon and colon. (tip: make them larger than you think you need to)
Sketch and design all the numbers. Have a couple options for each number.

Print out all the glyphs so far (use the proofs if they help), make sure to show us not only the letters but also in words



Wed. April 10


Intro promotion
*if you are going to want large sheets of paper we need to know by next Monday.
Show and tell previous promotion pieces.



HOMEWORK

Meet with your team and develop concepts, ideas and at least 2 different formats for promotional piece. Be prepared to present next Wed.

Keep adding and refining glyphs.
Design and draw numbers 2, 3, 5, 8 (proportional tabular or a lining.)

Make sure you are letterspacing as you are working.

Print out all the glyphs so far (use the proofs if they help), make sure to show us not only the letters but also in words



Mon. April 15


Lecture on accent marks/diacritics. 4 diacritics (accent marks ü, é, ñ...)


HOMEWORK

Create diacritics, refine, set them in place.
Keep adding and refining glyphs
Add all numbers/figures
Check in with your team about promo piece and be prepared to present your ideas/progress to the class on Wed.
Make sure you are letterspacing as you are working.
Print out all the glyphs so far (use the proofs if they help), make sure to show us not only the letters but also in words


Wed. April 17 +


Present promotion ideas, concepts, status...



HOMEWORK

Keep adding and refining glyphs
Add more punctuation “ ” ‘ ’. : ; ! ? @ & * { } ( ) (ref: Designing: * , @, ® :: Quote Marks :: Brackets
Print a full proof.


Mon. April 22


Crit and workday



HOMEWORK

Keep adding and refining glyphs.
Check in with your team about promo piece and be prepared to present your ideas/progress to the class on Wed.


Wed. April 24: +


Present promotion ideas, concepts, status...
Lecture kerning pairs.

*First you to have your kerning correct for all your letters. Type out in words. Use the Proof to check letter by letter. THEN do the kerning pairs -- they are the last thing to do. Do not make kerning pairs if your letterspacing isn't corrected first.



HOMEWORK

Adding and refine glyphs.
Work on promotion.

*Portfolio. It isn't required that you put type design into your portfolio but if you are thinking about it please take a stab at how it would look online and how you could present it in a pdf in an interview.


Mon. April 29


All the glyphs should be drawn. The rest of the time is refining, testing, spacing and kerning.


HOMEWORK

Refine glyphs.
Work on promotion.
(Prepare your files so you can package it when you hand it in)
Work on presentation for your final font. Final PDF will be due and you should want to show it (and maybe other projects on your website)


Wed. May 1: +


Present promotion.


HOMEWORK

Refining and finishing everything.


FINAL Wed, May 8 at 4pm

Rick’s Place 

Please put everything for the final in one folder on the class google drive.
1) Hand-in final font as directed for all projects with the addition of a pdf of Super proof.

2) Promotional Experience. Printed

3) AND!!! Please package your promotional piece so I have the file, all the assets and the pdf... (I won’t be able to give you an A if you don’t turn it in :)