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Daniel Kendrick
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Nate Piekos at Blambot.com revealed a project he's been working on. A font
for Tom Batiuk.




It's not for sale though. Ah well.
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Have any of you designed a font?  How long does it take with modern tools?
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 QUOTE:
Have any of you designed a font? How long does it take with
modern tools?


Back in the day, it used to be Fontographer for creating fonts* ...
and it took forever.

Typography is a subtle, delicate art and appears deceptively simple. It's
not. Designing a set of upper and lower, as you'll find in most free fonts
floating about, is not that hard. Once you get into ligatures and
kerning pairs and all the obscure characters in a set, it becomes a quite
different proposition!

Cheers

Jim

* It might still be - I haven't done it in a while.
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I started with FONTastic and moved up to FONTographer, but it's been a
long time since I played with either. I created about a dozen hand-lettering
fonts, about half of which I have used in the comics I've worked on. Since I
don't do my own lettering any more, not much call for them.

I know! I'll send one of the comicbook fonts I made to Jeff and he can
convert this whole site to read as if hand lettered! That shouldn't get old too
fast. I mean -- no more than thirteen minutes, anyway.
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I followed the same route JB did: Fontastic, then Fontographer, for hand-lettered style fonts. But that was back in the early 90s.

Don't know what the kids are using nowadays.

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F. Ron Miller
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I recently designed a font for a film.
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I also used Fontographer when dabbling in font making. It still exists
but is effectively on its last legs with the latest update (a PowerPC Mac OS
X release) coming in 2006.

FontLab Studio appears to be the replacement and compatible with the
current OS releases.
http://www.fontlab.com/font-editor/fontlab-studio/

I for one hope JB letters a future project. I really like the font.

(Edited to fix link)

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I've used both Fontographer and FontLab -- I prefer FontLab.  I usually don't build the fonts directly in that program, but rather use Adobe Illustrator or some other vector based and then import/copy it into FontLab.  As far as length of time for font creation it varies based on complexity.  Script fonts take more time in my opinon than san serifs or serif fonts -- even that isn't always the case.  Planning saves a lot of time I usually do a pen a paper version of the font so I can work from that.  It helps to have a scanner as well so you can work from the comp version digitally.

Edited by Derek Brown on 14 November 2008 at 10:11am
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I always wanted to have a font of my handwriting. Started to play around with it 10 years ago and gave up quickly ... too much work!
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Cool, F Ron!

What software did YOU use?

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F. Ron Miller
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Andrew, that was a FontLab project.
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http://www.fontifier.com/index.html

If you want your own handwriting, this site charges 9 bucks
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John Caliber
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All my original fonts looked like crap, unusable. I stick with Joe Kubert's.
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Damn F Ron!  You worked on the Vampyr DVD??  You work on all the best ones.... I still want your autograph on my Ace in the Hole disc..!

Plus, I met a woman who works for Janus/Criterion, and dropped your name - she had great things to say about you.

Ok - ok - enough gushing thread drift - I really enjoyed JB's lettering that he used to do - though, call me a sucker, but I even enjoyed his rarely seen hand-lettering!

JB - any more stories about the different types of fonts you created?  Do I remember correctly that one was a Walt Kelly font?  And you did one for a fellow creator... I can't remember who - with the fee that you got to use it?  And... what else... I can't recall...

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 QUOTE:
All my original fonts looked like crap, unusable. I stick with Joe
Kubert's.


I'm using Kubert on a lettering job right now. It's a damn fine font, possibly
the best I've come across so far.

Cheers!

Jim
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