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Practical Font Design, Third Edition Plus by [Bergsland, David]
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About the Author

It started in the late 1960s when I was hand lettering psychedelic posters for my acid-rock group on the West Bank of Minneapolis. I started getting my fine art degree in printmaking in the Fall of 1969 after flailing about for a few years as a flower child (those people who were later called hippies). When I graduated with my BFA degree in Printmaking & Drawing, I almost immediately became involved with publishing. In the late 1970s, when I was hired (in west Virginia) as a graphic artist under Pik, an art director from the last class at the University of Michigan to still be required to learn hand lettering. Many of the projects I did for him required hand-lettered headlines. If they weren’t hand lettered, they were heavily modified photostats begun as presstype. During the 1980s, my main skill was modified type built off presstype from Letraset. They were the only company selling designs that impressed me. In starting the research for my new booklet series on Type Design I have discovered that a major influence on my design taste is Colin Brignall, who was the Type Director of Letraset—the major supplier of presstype and new font designs in the 1980s. I started putting in alphabets from fonts I love and the first three I thought of were designed by Colin. What really opened things up for me was FreeHand during the 1990s. Being able to tear type apart and play with the paths became my main source of creative fun. The direct control of paths that FreeHand had was amazing. The thing that finally moved me over the edge was the inclusion of Fontographer with the Graphic Studio Suite and FreeHand 7. I was forced into FontLab in the early years of the new millennium. At first I hated it. But I have come to rely on its path editing tools. They are far superior to FreeHand which in turn was far better than Illustrator What led you to pursue designing fonts? It was fun—simply entertainment. I was driven by the need for fonts that had characteristics that were not being sold for text fonts. Caslon had the expert sets and that was it. For example, I wanted true small caps and oldstyle figures in all my fonts and that was not possible or readily available in text fonts limited to 256 characters. I needed display fonts that had caps, lowercase, and small caps. I wanted ligatures. I needed the open ballot box. So I added them to all my fonts. I often had to make several version of each style to simply hold the various characters I used all the time in my designs.

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  • File Size: 9687 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Radiqx Press; Third Plus edition (August 29, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VB5I6A
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By J. Horst on November 26, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

* Badly edited. If one is not a good self-editor, then find someone to do it for you. Please.
* Too many fonts in the text. Every page has something different. (Yes, I know it's a book about font design, but let's not forget that it's a BOOK first. Publishing conventions exist for a reason.)
* Book is NOT about font design, it's about one guy's journey to learn font design TOOLs. If you need to know how the author solved his font design tool challenges, then this is the book for you. Otherwise, not.
* I am not against self-publishing, but it's still no excuse for poor layout, design, and editing. There are people who will help edit for less than professional prices.
* Anyone writing a book, even if it's about how to use a font design tool, should stick to the subject. There are far too many apologies and 'well, I couldn't figure it out, so you're on your own' kinds of statements in the text. Frankly, we don't care about the author's problems. HE'S writing the damn book. He could at least pretend to be an expert until he's reached the last page.
* Too expensive, given all the complaints, above.

Not recommended.
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Format: Paperback
Even though I write about fonts and typography on the web, I first ran across Practical Font Design by complete accident while looking for other books on Amazon. I was amazed I didn't know about it.
I bought it, I've written about it on my blog, Readable Web, a couple of times. The book has greatly improved with the Third Edition. It's the only book I know of that deals with the specifics of putting a font together.
As one thing led to another, I ended up contributing some material for David Bergsland's new book on Fontographer 5.1 Fontographer: Practical Font Design for Graphic Designers
Thumbs up. And thanks to David Bergsland for making font technology more accessible to everybody.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Great book. Very useful. Its a blend of typographic history on the beginning and then its focused on practical steps vitals when you are developing a digital typeface. I think could be better with more graphics.
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