Yale School of Art
1156 Chapel Street, POB 208339
New Haven, Connecticut, 06520-8339
(203) 432-2600

GRAPHIC DESIGN Art743, Letterform Design

Type design is distinct from “lettering” in that it necessarily calls for a systematic approach, not just a concern for individual forms. The course focuses on a clear, systematic procedure to building the design of a typeface, as well as the aesthetic issues presented by single letters. The class is taught with RoboFont, a type-design program for the Macintosh® that allows designers to digitize letterforms on screen and turn them into usable fonts. Students learn the software, together with the principles of designing and spacing type. Fully fledged type designers are not made in one term; the object is to “demystify” the subject and teach users of type an increased appreciation of it. Students work on individual projects, chosen in consultation with the instructors. Individual projects should be carefully chosen, so that the availability of the student’s new font makes a real contribution and serves a clear purpose. With the problems of type design so deeply interconnected, a clearly defined project is necessary to establish solid criteria for subsequent work. The nature of the project determines the route each student takes in researching the design. If appropriate to the project, students spend time rendering letterforms by hand, investigating historical sources, or starting immediately on screen. Tobias Frere-Jones, Matthew Carter, and Nina Stoessinger

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November 26, 2018

Two Names / Each Slot

09:30 – 10:00: Will / Steven

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10:30 – 11:00: Kyla

11:00 – 11:30: Tania

11:30 – 12:00: Kang / Sam

12:00 – 12:30: bryant / Rosa

12:30 – 1:00: Nicholas / Zack

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A Brief Intro to Drawing Type in RoboFont

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Printing Type GD1 / GD2


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Yale Basic Charset.ufo




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01 Control Strings

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02 Spacing Test

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03 Hamburg with Caps

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04 Pangram with Caps

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04a Pangram with Punctuation

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05 Caps to Lowercase

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06 Large Character Set


Mechanic 2 Extension Manager

It’s best if extensions are managed via Mechanic, but can also be installed individually via the below resource, however Mechanic will alert you to updates.

Some of the most useful extensions are word-o-mat, shape tool, scaling edit, and measure handles.

RoboFont Extensions List w/ Visual Reference

Font Parts API

Font Parts is the Python library for writing scripts that manipulate UFOs.

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