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I have been drawing sketches of typefaces for a long time and I would like to learn to turn my ideas into digital fonts. I currently own a laptop running Ubuntu. I haven't searched seriously, but I doubt there a lot of interesting tools for typographical design on Linux. (Prove me wrong if you wish!)
So I am considering getting a new mac. My question is this: what components of the computer should I consider for the specific task of designing typography? For example,
- Does designing a typeface on a laptop somehow affects the working habits of a designer?
- Is a large screen essential to perform this task? Can you get away with a 15" or 12" screen?
- Are the type-design softwares typically hungry for RAM or processor speed?
So basically, I am asking for advice to put together a nice and effective workstation for type design.