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I'm a Graphic Designer learning new skills in typography and type design. Actually I'm about to design my first typeface. I have a rough idea. But I'm stuck at making decision on the character set that I want to cover. What character set should I cover? I'm pretty confident I want to cover all (ALL) Latin scripts. Nothing non-latin for starters. And no specials such as phonetics etc. But I would like say SmallCaps etc. I'm just confused. Can someone tell me how to go about it? How to choose which character ranges I need to include?
(I have FontLab Studio 5.1.2 on Mac)
Thanks a lot for help!
Im working on a font that includes latin1, hebrew and cyrillic.
I already designed all the glyphs. Now I need to know what should I do before generating the font.
I know is a big question, Im sorry, Im really lost in this step.
What are your thoughts about tracing or redrawing fonts? I know it's unethical, and maybe ilegal some times, but what about when you don't have the budget to buy a font family, but would like to use it on your projects? And by tracing, I mean doing the curves from zero, using the font as a guide, then using the vector shapes to "set" the type.
It happened to me when I worked on a little shop where the projects had a very little budget. We focused on poster design, and surprisingly, each poster design costed about what a regular font costs. We loved Helvetica, but obviously didn't have the money to buy it, so one time we thought about drawing all the characteres and setting each one of them manually in our projects. We didn't, and instead, focused on using free or really cheap fonts...