advice request

I want to create a typeface (OTF) based upon the handwriting of my Grandmother. She has beautiful handwriting. What I am wondering is if there is some resource out there outlining a list of particular words or a paragraph, that I should have her write in order to understand the relationship between specific letters (i.e. ss, th, tt, ing, etc.). My thought is that there may be a paragraph (or more) of text that she can write down and that I can study in order to learn and create the typeface. Any insight on how I might go about starting this would be great! Thanks!

I want to create a typeface (OTF) based upon the handwriting of my Grandmother. She has beautiful handwriting. What I am wondering is if there is some resource out there outlining a list of particular words or a paragraph, that I should have her write in order to understand the relationship between specific letters (i.e. ss, th, tt, ing, etc.). My thought is that there may be a paragraph (or more) of text that she can write down and that I can study in order to learn and create the typeface. Any insight on how I might go about starting this would be great! Thanks!

Greetings typophiles!

I am an infrequent lurker coming out of the woodwork for the admittedly self-serving purpose of asking for advice :)

I am not a designer. I'm an artist (mostly photography) & Tarot reader. I used to do letterpress artists books in the mid90s & so acquired just enough typographical knowledge to be dangerous.

Long story short, I have been lusting after Electra for a long time & now have the funds to indulge such a purchase. But lo & behold, when I went searching for it, up popped Parkinson Electra too! I know what Electra looks like in the wild—that's why I want it. But I'm not aware of having seen Parkinson Electra in action, & I don't have the typographic eye to tell from samples if I will like it better, the same, or worse.

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Font Choice

Any suggestions on a serif font for poetry? At the moment Bembo or Sabon are my top 2, but would love to hear some suggestions.

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Typescales

Ever since a friend showed me what he called a "picómetro" in Spanish, I have been fond of the typescale as a tool particular to the craft of typography, and sure enough over the years I have found it pretty handy for page design and adjustments, even if mostly to compare against the measures in the computer file.

Someone must keep buying typescales, since they seem to be persistently in stock (in art shops in the UK, and I came across one in Dubai not long ago), but I wonder, how useful are they considered by the typophiles? What use are they generally given in these digital times?

And is there a particular typescale that can be recommended or deprecated? So far I am acquainted with:

--Caxton typescale
--Linex DTP 30
--ruler.tex (as found in http://tug.ctan.org/)

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