- Paperback: 275 pages
- Publisher: MIS Press; 1st edition (September 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1558284478
- ISBN-13: 978-1558284470
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,390,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fontographer: Type by Design Paperback – September 1, 1995
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About the Author
Stephen Moye is the founder and head of The Studio, a small graphic arts press in Providence, R.I.
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Stephen Moye has quite simply written the best and at this time the only complete guide to making your own fonts. Information on how to construct outlines properly, spacing, kerning and more is all here. Importantly, this book is NOT only useful for people using Fontographer (which is a sadly out of date tool now); most of the information is equally useful for those working with FontLab or other modern font creation tools.
Other books worth checking out for the would-be font-maker include Michael Harvey's Creative Lettering Today, Walter Tracy's Letters of Credit, and Alexander Lawson's Anatomy of a Typeface. Of course there's also Robert Bringhurst's classic Elements of Typographic Style, which should be owned and read by anyone who cares about type.
I liked this book so much that I personally hand-bound mine as a hardcover, to make it last. In retrospect, with used softcover copies going for $300 each, it seems like I had the right idea!
I will add my vote to the votes that this book needs to be back in print. Got a library copy and took it back, then went back for it and it had "disappeared." I remember it as good advice for designers and since the software versions have not changed all that much, it would still be relevant. A new edition, updated would be nice (IS THE PUBLISHER READING THIS?). Even with the typos, I rate it tops for info content.
There really is no substitute for Moye's book out, but for those wondering about downloads of upgrades, userguides and technotes, visit the Macromedia site. For others, get Macromedia FreeHand (at this writing in version 9 & 10 has just shipped), as it is a perfect companion with many potent creation options and file export compatibility. You can make stuff like technical fonts (chemical isotopes with super AND subscripts), store images (I stuck some FreeHand animation sequences of calligraphic figures in its slots and can type an animation sequence). Watch out for Mac OS 10, as it is not clear that Fontog will run on it. Fontog will run OK on Mac OS 9. I finally found a copy at the Alibris site, so maybe they can dig up another copy (it will be expensive). As far as I have been able to find out (summer 2001) the publisher is not interested in a reissue or in selling the copyright.
However, the more tricky you are with Fontographer, the more you need this book because it goes well beyond the software manual! Oh, and for the person who wants to do a ct ligature, buy Adobe's Bickham Script for a masterful example.
But the information on spacing, serif design and so on is still very good. I found the book to be helpful.