Font Design & Font Artistry

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Some pointers to help you develop your own typeface

For many designers and illustrators, font design is a fascinating subject. The appropriate font is important in all kinds of creative work, from branding to specific graphic design projects, therefore it’s understandable if you want to produce your own typeface for something completely different. If you’re a newbie to font design as a designer or illustrator, you’ll need to know the basics, such as what tools to use and what aspects to consider. It’s usually a good idea to take a brief type design course, either locally or online, but if that’s not an option, the guidelines below should get you started on your way to designing your own fonts. If you want to improve your typography skills, check out our list of the greatest typography tutorials.

Creating a brief for your typeface design is the first step


Fonts are useful in a variety of situations, and creating your own can be a lengthy process. To provide some focus, it’s a good idea to start with a clear picture of what your font’s function will be. You may start with something merely for the sake of self-expression, but in font creation, it’s more common to produce a typeface in response to a brief.

Goal & Purpose


Your brief should specify what your font should accomplish and how it will be used. This generally necessitates a significant amount of research and thought. You should consider whether your font design will be utilized for a specific project or for personal use, as well as whether it must address a specific problem. You should also think about how your typeface will look in a landscape with other designs. 

Basic options


Font design necessitates a number of significant decisions that must be made early on. Will you use a serif or sans-serif font in your font design? Will it be more geometric or will it be based on a writing implement? Will your design be a text face that works well at small sizes and for long documents, or a display face with an inventive style that performs better at larger sizes and commands attention? 



Font design options are numerous. There are typefaces made expressly for coding, academic literature, superior numbering systems in engineering documents, and bespoke one-offs for public letters. You can truly get started on the design after you know what your typeface will be used for.

What Is Modern Art, Exactly?

Modern art is noted for its avant-garde style and pioneering artists. It incorporates several key art movements and has subsequently seen an eclectic range of styles evolve over the duration of nearly 100 years. To follow contemporary art’s remarkable growth, one must first identify and grasp the numerous genres that make it up. However, coming up with a current art phrase is useful in this aspect. Modern art, not to be confused with contemporary art, refers to the art museum in modern times from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Artists’ interest in re-imagining, reinterpreting, and even rejecting established aesthetic concepts of past styles may be evident in works done during this period.

Major Artists and Movements in History

The contemporary art genre is made up of numerous key movements, beginning with light and airy Impressionism and culminating with strong Abstract Expressionism.

  • Impressionism, usually recognized as the genesis of modern art, opposed academic painting’s rigid standards and realistic pictures. When Claude Monet created Impression, Sunrise in 1872, he pioneered the use of blurred brushstrokes, a concentration on light, and a vivid color palette. Painting by Claude Monet, ‘Impression, Sunrise,’ available via Wikimedia Commons
  • Artists such as Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec started painting in unique, atypical styles as a consequence of the Impressionists’ creative freedom. Post-Impressionism is a colorful art movement that emerged in the 1890s and stresses a focus on emotion and a preference for subjective interpretation over accurate portrayal.
  • Les Fauves, a group of avant-garde painters led by André Derain and Henri Matisse, established Fauvism in the early twentieth century. A hallmark of Fauvist art, as well as that of the Post-Impressionists, was the use of wildly exaggerated colors and an emphasis on the subjective experiences of the viewer.

Popularity in the Culture

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Modernism and modern art have their roots in the industrial revolution. This period of rapid changes in manufacturing, transportation, and technology began around the mid-eighteenth century and lasted until the nineteenth century, profoundly affecting the social, economic, and cultural conditions of life in Western Europe, North America, and eventually the rest of the world. The railroad, the steam engine, and the subway all transformed the way people lived, worked, and traveled, extending their viewpoint and enabling them access to new ideas. Workers moved to cities for industrial work as cities evolved, and urban populations swelled.

What Is the Future Of Art?

The artwork was traditionally commissioned by wealthy individuals or organizations, such as churches, before the nineteenth century. Ancient art often depicted religious or mythical scenes in order to convey lessons to the viewer. Many artists started to make art based on their own personal experiences and on subjects that they picked throughout the nineteenth century. With the release of Sigmund Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams (1899) and the widespread acceptance of the concept of a subconscious mind, many artists started exploring the possibilities of representing their subjective experiences via dreams, symbolism, and personal iconography. A number of artists pushed the boundaries of realism in their work by experimenting with the expressive possibilities of color and new technical mediums.

Begin your typeface design from the ground up.


Digitizing your own handwriting is an excellent method to get started with font design. Because handwriting is so personal, this might be a good practice exercise. Avoid basing your design on the outline of a typeface that already exists. ‘Helvetica with wings’ isn’t going to make a better typeface or help you improve your type design skills. This should go without saying, but typefaces like these are frequently submitted to foundries (usually unsuccessfully).

Experiment with hand-drawn fonts.


It’s a good idea to define your letterforms by hand initially, even if you’re a Bézier curve master. Using a computer to articulate certain shapes from the start might be inconvenient and time-consuming. For the first few characters, try to make graceful shapes on paper and then improve them digitally. Then, by matching important traits like terminal endings and stroke lengths, more characters can be created on-screen.In a concave arc pivoting on the arm and wrist, the hand instinctively draws smoother, more accurate shapes. Rather than altering your stance or drawing against this pivot point, keep spinning your paper to take advantage of this.

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