newbie

First of all, hello from a newbie who has lurked a bit without daring to join any conversation until now.

And second, allow me to introduce my very first font. Any non ego crushing criticism/suggestion/etc will be welcome. Thanks!

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Newbie Type Enthusiast

Hi all. This will be my first post on Typophile. I am very much interested in learning more about type design and it is my ultimate goal to design a few of my own. I already have some ideas floating around my sketchbook. Can anybody offer me some advice on how/where to begin. Also, what are some good resources (books, websites, etc.)? I am studying GD in school at the moment but none of my professors have ever designed their own typeface. Thanks!

Hey everyone. This is technically my second font, but I'm a newbie by all means.

This is a rough look at what I'm working and I would love some basic feedback especially for any pitfalls that I should avoid now and in the future.

Enjoy.

I realize that the spacing isn't perfect yet. also if the image is too small to critique let me know and I'll post a better sample.

So a couple of years ago, I made my first font, Yagi Double. Then I wanted to hint it, got scared when I saw the amount of work involved. Now I'm ready to try again but it STILL seems too tedious, like I'm missing something. What I've read so far on the subject:
http://www.rastertragedy.com/
http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=NotesOn...

As I understand it, you come up with an array of numbers representing the location of stuff like the baseline, cap height, x-height, etc. You feed these into two different areas in Fontlab. With an inline font like this, there are twice as many of these numbers. It's a lot of hassle.

1. Does this really produce good hinting results at the end, if I could force myself to do it properly?

This summer I will have free time, and I'm very interested in starting myself in type design. I'm a graphic design student, and our typography teacher doesn't teach us to build type, just how to use it correctly.

So I'm wondering which font style is the easiest to start. I thought a script (maybe brush) would be easier because it doesn't matter if its a bit "incorrect" or some curves are not very good.

What do you guys recommend to me?

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Hey all

What's up folks. I came across this site recently and decided to jump aboard.

The idea of breaking down a typeface into its most minute aspects used to seem unnecessary. Coming from a web design background, I chose one of the 11 websafe fonts and pushed ahead.

When CSS came along and positioning became a lot more malleable a component of the design process, I began to see type in a different way. More recently, embedding just about any font into a website has become possible through various means including CSS and XML-injected Flash content. That's when I knew I should take this stuff more seriously.

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