14 October 2010

[type] Made In Oregon Font ... Filling In The Lower Case

The development of my "Made In Oregon" font, tentatively called "OregonMade", continues apace. Not very much longer, and I'll have a full upper and lower 26 as well as all the numerals.

Here's part of the work in progress:

And the lower case gets filled glyph by glyph.

This my friends is happy work.

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ptermclean said...

Hey! That looks really great. Will I or the general public be able to use this font, maybe kick you some paypal bucks for it? Anywho, looks really good.

Quick question, whats the learning curve on Fontlab?

Samuel John Klein said...

Thanks for the feedback my friend.

In answer to your questions:

1) The idea is to make this available for wide purchase in time - if I can keep the development up, a very short time.

It will be made available for a certain select individual first,then I'll polish it up, add some more glyphs, and release it unto the world. Consider this the beta version.

2) The learning curve on FontLab? Well, if you have Illustrator and Photoshop skills down, particularly as to layers and bezier curves, you've got the basic set of stuff, enough skills to get going.

You will have to learn about the peculiarities of drawing contours - for instance, for the counter in the "o" to show, you have to draw the inner contour the exact opposite direction ... if you draw the outside clockwise, you draw the inside counterclockwise.

But if you already know bezier curves, you can get started playing.

The interface does take some getting used to.

Note also that I'm using FontLab Studio. There are two major FontLab products. The elite one is FontLab Studio, the one I'm using for this design. It's got enough features to choke the zombie Eric Gill and runs about $700, but will create about any font format you're about to want to create. The economy car version is TypeTool, still very good, but only Mac Suitcases and PC Type 1 fonts. That, though, is more than enough for most digital type designers, and it only runs about $100.

Both have similar interfaces.

The big thing FontLab Studio does that I adore is allow you to import jpgs and tiffs as backgrounds you can trace over, and that's invaluable.

Stay tuned. I'm on a tight timeline with this font, and I'm going to be coming up with as many glyphs a day as I can.

ptermclean said...

Looking sharp, you're right about that little "x" though, its weak... i believe its too thin. But overall, looking sharp. Needs more unicorns as well. cheers.

Samuel John Klein said...

Unicorns are planned for the full release. Good call!