Need Guidance on Designing Type

designjacob's picture


I am new here and typedesign in general.

I have been sketching characters in trying to create my own typeface and been researching on various websites and books.

I was just wondering what all of you do in starting to design a typeface as books and resources i have found all have different ideas which has just left me a bit stuck on how i should progress and what typeface i should design.

So far i have just been sketching i started of with the lowercase n and liked the look so have started to progress to other characters in no particular order or fashion.

Is there certain characters that use the same elements e.g n and h (should i start with these?)

Also i just started sketching without thinking if the typeface would lend itself to display, text etc is this a bad idea and should you think of its purpose first before starting to design a font?


phrostbyte64's picture

The question depends entirely on what final outcome you expect.

designjacob's picture

Thanks for the info.

I have decided to start with a display font to be used in print.

• When designing a display typeface what is usually the best size to design to would it be around 24pt?
• Is there a specific width that makes the font roman or bold or is it just dependant on the visual difference between each.


phrostbyte64's picture

You should always work and test in the point size you expect the font to be used in. This is tricky for signs ;)

For display, you might consider 48 to 60 points.

marcox's picture

It's ancient in Internet years, but I found the advice at Gunnlaugur Briem's site very useful as I designed my first (and only, to date) typeface.

Briem is a veteran designer, and the site is essentially the syllabus and notes from a type design course he taught.

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