FROM DRAW­ING BOARD TO REN­DER

Se­nior type de­signer Fer­nando Mello ex­plains the main steps that led to FS In­dus­trie…

Computer Arts - - Fontsmith -

01 Here you can see con­cepts for the low­er­case A in Nar­row and Ex­tended ex­tremes, in Thin and Black styles. Take note of the changes in the bowl shapes as in the ter­mi­nal at the top.

02 We tested out­line com­pat­i­bil­ity us­ing the soft­ware Glyphs, then hand crafted each let­ter­form across all styles, with con­sis­tency in node and han­dle struc­ture. This method of draw­ing en­ables you to be flex­i­ble when plan­ning a large fam­ily.

03 This shows con­sis­tent node and han­dling con­struc­tion of the low­er­case A in the fi­nal ver­sions, in Con­densed Thin and Black styles.

04 Us­ing Su­per­po­la­tor we built up a font ‘de­sign space’ us­ing the Ex­treme and In­ter­me­di­ate font weights. This en­abled us to plan, test and dial-in on our pro­posed fi­nal font fam­ily styles.

05 The Medium weight up­per­case S across all avail­able widths, show­ing the tran­si­tion on the de­sign of the ter­mi­nals, from closed in Con­densed to open in Ex­tended.

06 A printed test sheet show­ing the de­sign notes we made dur­ing the cre­ation of the Nar­row Black style.

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