Creating your own typography

A course by Wete
Graphic designer and typographer. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined November 2010
, Graphic designer and typographer

Learn how to design typographic systems to create graphic projects with personality

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (137)
  • 2596 students

Learn how to design typographic systems to create graphic projects with personality



Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (137)
  • 2596 students
  • 24 lessons (2h 55m)
  • 18 additional resources (12 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Updated on 08/25/2020


“What if I could design my own typography?” If you ever thought about it but never took the plunge, it might be because you didn't know how to do it or where to start. The graphic designer Wete has been typography as a central focus in his projects for quite some time. He specializes in the typography, creates his own display typeface, and shares them on his online foundry Ultra Types, from where he markets them. He has worked with clients such as Adobe, HP, Mobile World Congress, and W Hotels, among others.

In this course, Wete invites you to start your adventure as a typographer, teaching you how to create your own fonts step by step so that you can apply them to your projects. Analyze different projects in which typography and its design play a fundamental role, and review the history to support your knowledge of typography. By the end of the course, you will be able to incorporate type design into your professional life as a useful and differentiating tool.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The letter
  • U3
    U3. Create fonts with Illustrator
  • U4
    U4. Working with Glyphs
  • U5
    U5. Export and Apply
  • U6
    U6. Appendix: course Fontlab
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start the course by getting to know Wete and a little more about his professional career, his influences, and his references in design.

Wete gives you a short introduction to typography, learning fundamental aspects such as its classification, the parts, and elements that make up a letter.

See different examples that will help you find out what type of font you want to make. Analyze some examples of geometric typographies and modular systems to see how to face a project of this type. Next, Wete shows you different methods to draw a letter.

Once you have your pencil sketches, learn the process to digitize your project. Using Illustrator, you will be able to develop your whole alphabet, starting from four initial letters.

Learn how to export your typography design to Glyphs (or if you prefer, you can continue working with Fontlab and consult the previous Wete lessons that use that software). Explore each of the tools needed to work on your font's characters.

Finally, learn how to export your file so you can install your font on your computer. By the end of the course, you will be able to apply your own font to any graphic project.

What is this course's project?

Create a poster for a music festival or a movie poster, with your own font.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for graphic designers and all those typography lovers who want to create their own typeface.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of graphic design and applied typography is recommended. In addition, you will need paper, pencil, eraser, ruler, and a computer with Adobe Illustrator and Glyphs installed.


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2596 Students
137 Reviews
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Wete

A course by Wete

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Graphic designer and typographer

Juanra, or as everyone knows him, Wete, is a graphic designer specialized in typography. After working for several studios in Barcelona, he decided to start his own and devote himself to what he likes best: typography.

As a result, he started his own studio, and with the help of several friends he created Ultra Types, a small online foundry specialized in display typefaces that are quite different from the proposals of the big foundries.

He has worked on projects for clients such as Adobe, HP, Reebok, Desigual, W Hotels, and Mobile World Congress, among others, and his work has been published in The Complete Guide to Designing Handmade Type (Charlotte Rivers), Page Unlimited (Sandu 360 Japan), Typodarium, Étapes, Computer Arts, and many more.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Introduction
    • References and designers of interest
    • What are we going to see in the course?
  • U2

    The letter

    • The letter
    • Geometric typography and modular systems
    • Sketching methods
  • U3

    Create fonts with Illustrator

    • Digitization
    • Grid construction
    • Derivation of the alphabet: theory
    • Derivation of the alphabet: application
  • U4

    Working with Glyphs

    • Menus and work tools
    • Technical aspects
    • Place our characters
    • Metrics and Kernings: explanation
    • Metrics and Kernings: application
    • Accents
  • U5

    Export and Apply

    • Export the final file
    • Application of our typography
  • U6

    Appendix: course Fontlab

    • We open Fontlab and take a look around 1
    • We open Fontlab and take a look around 2
    • Place our characters
    • Export the final file
    • Metrics and Kernings: application
    • Accents
  • FP

    Final project

    • Creating your own typography

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Creating your own typography

A course by Wete
Graphic designer and typographer. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined November 2010
  • 98% positive reviews (137)
  • 2596 students