Design a Digital Font from A to Z

A course by Juanjo López
Graphic and typographic designer, signer and passionate of the letter. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 07/24/2004
, Graphic and typographic designer, signer and passionate of the letter

Learn to design a font from scratch with Glyphs, Illustrator and OpenType functions

  • 99% Positive reviews (123)
  • 2225 students
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
Design a Digital Font from A to Z

Learn to design a font from scratch with Glyphs, Illustrator and OpenType functions


  • 99% Positive reviews (123)
  • 2225 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 34 Lessons (8h 37m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever


Juanjo López, better known as Juanjez and specialist in letter design, will teach you the process of creating a digital typeface. From the drawing until it is ready to be installed in your source folder and used in a design program.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Come through here
  • U2
    U2. Before touching the mouse
  • U3
    U3. Knowing the program
  • U4
    U4. Draw letters
  • U5
    U5. Spacing and Kerning
  • U6
    U6. Production: Come on, let's go!
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will begin to get to know Juanjez's work, motivations, hobbies and typographic hobbies better, as well as some of his books and reference websites.

Before starting to design, Juanjez will give you some wise advice on what it means to embark on a long-term job such as typographic design and will talk about key aspects such as self-orders, motivation and patience to achieve the final goal .

Next, you will learn about the materials, the file formats with which you will work and the main functions of the Glyphs program, the Mac software for typography design and font production.

Once you have learned the process, you will begin to draw. You will learn some general concepts about the drawing of letters and handle the Bézier curves, the differences between Illustrator and the font creation programs, to draw letters directly with Glyphs, tricks to save time and to create a complete character set.

Then, to get a harmonious system of shapes and spaces that you can call typography, you will learn to space and kerning.

You will also learn how to apply OpenType functions such as ligatures, small caps, etc. to your source. We'll take a look at Python and use programming scripts to automate tasks.

Finally, you will improve the view of your type on screen with the hinting and you will discover the technique of interpolation to facilitate the task of creating typographic families.

What is this course's project?

Design a complete digital typography, that is, a set of characters valid at least for western and central European languages, correctly spaced and including some typographical refinement such as ligatures or other OpenType functions.

And for the letter to look as it should, the final exercise will consist in creating a specimen, a poster with your typography.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at lovers of letters, who like to draw and use them but have never tried to make their own, or have tried and stuck in some complicated point.

What you need

There is no need for special prior knowledge about typography, only large doses of perseverance, having a clear end goal and not being in a hurry.

Regarding the materials, you will need pencil and paper and a typography design program, although in the course we will use Glyphs.


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Juanjo López

A course by Juanjo López

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Graphic and typographic designer, signer and passionate of the letter

His name is Juanjo López but when he joined Domestika in 2004, he decided to call himself Juanjez. Since then, everyone calls him that.

He is a freelance designer and passionate about popular graphics and typography, which he always tries to continue learning by pulling vectors, labeling, writing, composing with lead or cast iron levers.

Your digital typefaces, under the name Huy! Fonts, are distributed by YouWorkForThem or MyFonts, among others.

It is part of the Plómez Family, a pre-digital type collective of Madrid, and of Unostiposduros.com, the web on reference typography in the Spanish-speaking world.

Besides being a designer, he loves teaching and has taught a wide variety of courses and workshops on typography, lettering and letterpress.


Contents

  • U1

    Come through here

    • Welcome and presentation
    • Shipping library and life saving resources
  • U2

    Before touching the mouse

    • Some wise advice 1
    • Some wise advice 2
    • About formats and programs
    • Summary of the process
    • A little bit of organization
  • U3

    Knowing the program

    • Hi, I'm Glyphs
    • The Font Info window
    • The character set
  • U4

    Draw letters

    • Basic concepts and very useful tips
    • The Bézier curves
    • Illustrator and Glyphs, that strange couple
    • The vertical metric
    • The drawing tools of Glyphs 1
    • The drawing tools of Glyphs 2
    • Your friends the components
    • To the mess, drawing and testing letters 1
    • To the mess, drawing and testing letters 2
    • To the mess, drawing and trying letters 3
  • U5

    Spacing and Kerning

    • General concepts
    • The Spaced 1
    • The Spacing 2
    • Horror, the kerning!
  • U6

    Production: Come on, let's go!

    • Completing the character set. The anchors 1
    • Completing the character set. The anchors 2
    • OpenType Functions 1
    • OpenType 2 functions
    • OpenType 3 functions
    • A look at Python and scripts
    • Hinting for clumsy
    • Let's start a happy family Interpolation 1
    • Let's start a happy family Interpolation 2
    • Let's start a happy family Interpolation 3
  • FP

    Final project

    • Design of a digital Typography from A to Z

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Design a Digital Font from A to Z. A Calligraphy, and Typography course by Juanjo López

Design a Digital Font from A to Z

A course by Juanjo López
Graphic and typographic designer, signer and passionate of the letter. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 07/24/2004
  • 99% Positive reviews (123)
  • 2225 students