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by Chris Campe and Ulrike Rausch
216 pages, hardcover, £30
Published by Thames & Hudson
thamesandhudson.com

Want to turn your doodles into dingbats? This practical and enjoyable how-to walks you through the process from sketching and refining all the way to publishing. Authors Ulrike Rausch, a type designer with her own foundry LiebeFonts, and lettering artist and author Chris Campe have laid out the material in such a way that a reader at any level of typographic knowledge and/or lettering skill can jump right to their best starting point. Even for the casual browser, the book is an excellent exercise in close-looking and type fundamentals with chapters on letterform anatomy and type classification. The authors both tell and show at every step with extensive annotated diagrams and illustrations on every page. To help take your characters from page to digital, there’s detailed guidance on the nuances of working with vectors and then making them work as a cohesive font by using the Glyphs app. (Instructions for using Glyphs are general enough to be extrapolated to other font-making applications.) They even demystify the coding of OpenType features for your new font; for example, adding the fi ligature is as easy as “sub f i by f_i;”. You also learn how to enrich your work through MultipleMasters, layer fonts (drop shadows or decorative outline effects) or color fonts. You come away with an enhanced appreciation for all the imagination and hard work performed by type designers and letterers, as well as the itch to try it all—labor and fun alike—for yourself. —Angelynn Grant

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