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I'm finally working on my first typeface! Yay. It's a conservative, old-style text serif and it will look like this. It'll be an open source project that I work on in my free time.
Since I have no typographic education whatsoever (I'm an engineering freshman straight out of highschool with a type addiction), I need some help: how do I space letters horizontally? I just finished the lowercase letters and I already spend most of my time changing side bearings and kernings instead of drawing letters. That is annoying and frustrating. It's a constant shifting of letters back and forth, and I never seem to get the spacing quite even.
So how do you do it right—and I mean right from the start? Is there a special order in which you start spacing? Are there percentage guidelines for average space between stems/bowls? Can you point me to software to help me do it (I'm running FontForge on Ubuntu)?
I appreciate your support!