As a designer, I feel fortunate to work with my hobby. Despite a heavy workload, I decided to create a typeface, and it turned out to be a great decision. Developing my typeface, Miranda Sans, which you can see used throughout my portfolio website, has given me a newfound respect for typeface designers and their craft. It has also sparked a genuine interest in typeface design due to its combination of technical and visual aspects.
On one hand, creating a typeface requires understanding the technical aspects involved. This includes tasks like hinting, kerning, learning new applications like Glyphs, and grasping the intricacies of interlacing. On the other hand, it also demands strong design skills to establish relationships between different shapes and create a cohesive set of glyphs that work well together, regardless of their order or font weight.
I truly believe that designing your own typeface can improve your skills as a designer. It not only enhances your understanding of the technical side, but also develops your ability to create designs that maintain a consistent visual language.
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When it comes to creating a typeface, the number of glyphs you need to design is more extensive than you might initially expect. Trust me on this one. Firstly, you must create the basic letters in both uppercase and lowercase, along with special characters and numbers.
If you’re interested in having multiple font weights, it requires designing a new version of the same glyphs for each weight. In my case, I first created Miranda Sans Regular, followed by Miranda Sans Bold. Thankfully, I used an application that allowed me to generate the remaining weights based on the two I initially designed, sparing me from the tedium of repeating the process.
Enough with the explanations – Allow me to present Miranda Sans: