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Handmade Type Workshop

Techniques for Creating Original Characters and Digital Fonts

Charlotte Rivers

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A practical guide to handcrafting creative fonts, packed with tutorials and case studies


Type and font creation remains one of the most popular and important aspects of graphic design, and this book adds to these studies by focusing on the handmade aesthetic, tapping into its resurgent popularity among designers, illustrators and type enthusiasts alike.

This practical guide to handcrafting creative fonts is packed with tutorials, profiles and inspirational showcases from a range of international contemporary practitioners, including Lisa Congdon, Toshi Tajima, Mathilde Nivet, Tyrone Ohia, Honey Design, Amandine Alessandra and many more.

Taking font creation back to basics, Handmade Type Workshop explores innovative ways to design contemporary lettering of all kinds, examining everything from classic design examples to 3D and illustrated fonts, digital lettering and radical conceptual alphabets.

Handmade Type Workshop is ideal for anyone looking to move beyond existing typography and fonts to create, explore and use original or customized letterforms.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 26.5 x 19.0 cm

Extent: 176 pp

Illustrations: 450

Publication date: 11 July 2011

ISBN: 9780500289457

Contents List

1. Character Creation: Illustrated or hand-drawn; Printed, stitched or cut; Digitally drawn; 3D / Installation; Found or photographed 2. Font Creation: Preparing characters; Creating a font family

About the Author

Charlotte Rivers is a freelance writer and contributor to several design magazines. She is the author of Reinventing Letterpress, CD-Art, Mag-Art, Book-Art, Poster-Art, Promo-Art, The Best of Disc-Art and Maximalism for Rotovision.

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