jump to navigation

Build your own font May 13, 2008

Posted by Peter Hornby in software.

I’ve never developed a font.  I don’t suppose many people have.  It’s always seemed as though you need expensive tools, planetary-level creative skills and, let’s say, a tendency to the obsessive.  Well, some of those barriers to entry have just been broken down with the release of FontStruct, a free web-based font construction tool from a font house called FontShop.

The metaphor is simple.  You fill a rectilinear grid with bricks.  OK, it’s just pixel editing. But the bricks can be odd shapes, so you can round off corners and end up with some radical character shapes.  Once you’re done, you can save your work, and download a TrueType version for use in your own work, or you can share your font with other users.

I have to say that FontStruct is really well done.  You have the tools you need, and no more.  The interface is clean and attractive.  All in all, an excellent job.

So, building a font is now simple.  Of course, designing a great font is exactly as hard as it was before, and for that, you’re on your own.

Thanks to Jason Kottke for the tip.



No comments yet — be the first.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: