2 Questions for the Type Designers

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George Triantafyllakos's picture
Joined: 10 Jan 2006 - 7:14pm
2 Questions for the Type Designers

When designing a font:

1) Do you work with preliminary sketches or directly on the computer?

2) Do you follow a strict geometric approach on your designs or a more intuitive and empirical approach (where geometry plays a secondary role)?

Chris Lozos's picture
Joined: 25 Feb 2004 - 11:00am

Personally, I used to do more sketches but now I just go right to the blank computer screen and start.
Regarding geometry, it depends on the typeface. Sometimes the geometry is the concept but usually I just use my eyes and let my mind decide what it sees to be done. I have no hard "method", so I can't really pin it down.


Jonathan Bruns's picture
Joined: 10 Feb 2006 - 7:58am

I always start with sketch. I agree geometry depends on the design.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am

1) It depends on the design, but generally I'm not good enough (yet?) to avoid making semi-finished sketches (at least of the key glyphs).

2) I avoid geometry explicitly (unless somebody pays me [enough] to rely on it). And although it's funny that you say "intuitive and empirical", that's actually exactly what I do! I trust myself, but not completely, and think it's very important -especially in text type- to pay central attention to empiricism and theory.


Claes Källarsson's picture
Joined: 11 Mar 2006 - 12:38pm

i usually do them right in the computer, but i suspect that eventually i'll do more sketching. it really depends on the design though, which leads into the second question about geometry. depending on what the design is, sometimes it's easier to do in a computer (and with a grid if you want perfect symmetry) but other designs are certainly easier to draw on paper first.