Foundations of Type Design

Section 3. Basics of Designing a Digital Typeface

Section 3. Basics of Designing a Digital Typeface

Important Notes for Glyphs 3 Users: These lecture videos show demos utilizing Glyphs 2, which is the older version of the Glyphs 3 App. However, as these demos do not use any of the functions unique to Glyphs 3, anyone following along with Glyphs 3 should not have a problem.

When using Glyphs 3, after launching the software, click on New Document -> Latin -> Create Document. Then your screen should look similar to any of the demos below!


3.1 Intro to Glyphs 2

Note for Windows users:

Alternative design software for Windows users could be Fontlab. (EDU discounts are also available here.)


3.2 Interface Tour


3.25 Installing Plugins


3.3 Basics of Drawing Part 1


3.4 Basics of Drawing Part 2


3.5 Basics of Drawing Part 3


3.6 Adjusting Font Metrics


3.7 Starting Spacing


3.8 Trying out Components


3.9 Versioning Tips


3.10 Test Installing


3.11 Intro to Proofing

Download link:


3.12 Spacing References

Spacing Resources:


3.13 Character Set References

Character Set References


3.14 List & Smart Filters

Link to list mentioned in lecture:


3.15 Installing Scripts


3.16 Kerning Groups


3.17 Kerning Process


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