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Workflow Tip: Illustrator to Fontlab

Workflow Tip: Illustrator to Fontlab


Tutorial: Creating fonts in Illustrator and Fontlab – Part 1 from Go Media on Vimeo

This video is a brief introduction into how to prepare a font you design in Adobe Illustrator for Fontlab. Fontlab is the program of choice for building and managing fonts. There are a few steps that you need to do to prepare your illustrations to work within Fontlab but I tried to show you the most basic way to work in Fontlab.

Later on I will be creating far more extensive videos that will teach you much more that you can do within Fontlab. At Go Media we are going to start sharing video tutorials of how we do some cool tricks and tips on how to work better in creative software.

I have never done a video tutorial before so your feedback is greatly appreciated! Please let me know what you think and how I can improve!

12 Sources of Inspiration for Creating Your Own Lettering or Typeface Designs

This is an article written by guest author Sean Hodge from AiBURN, a blog about design, creativity, inspiration, tutorials, and vector graphics.

Introduction

Lettering and Typeface design is a creative endeavor that requires constant sources of motivation, influence, and inspiration. If you dream of painstakingly designing the next amazing Open Type Font, desire to craft beautiful Hand Drawn Lettering, or feel the urge to create original Typeface Designs then this article is for you.

1. Bring Your Analysis to the Process

Learn how letters function alone, as typefaces, and in real world design systems. Logic can take you a reasonable way when analyzing. Though more formal tests are tools that can be used as well. Analyze letter-forms for functionality. Looks for faults in typefaces and ways of improving them. This will develop your visual eye, appreciation for the details of letters, and understanding of the totality of a typeface design.

Platelet is a font released by Emigre. This typeface design was inspired by California license plate systems. The font solution gave greater legibility to a monospace typeface design.

Platelet

Consider how the letters work within the typeface itself. What isn’t working? Try analyzing a free font. The time it takes to design a polished font is remarkable. So, download a free font and

Katie’s 5 Tips for Typeface Development

Some of you may know, I’m a typography nut and I have created a few fonts for Go Media’s Arsenal. This article is little precursor to a more extensive article that we’ll submit later on about finding inspiration for typeface and font development.

As a designer I have found that you can get inspiration from anywhere. The process of creating typography is as much like creating any other type (pun intended!) of art as painting or drawing. Typography can give a political, social, psychological, or economical statement. Often the fonts I design reference my own opinions of how our world functions. A true mark of an exceptional type designer is someone who can stimulate you visually and intellectually. In this article I’m going to break down some of the ways in which you can utilize some skills you might not know you already have!

1} Carry a sketch book with you everywhere. My sketchbook of choice is a Moleskine. You can find them at your local Barnes and Nobles. I write my thoughts and ideas in it whenever I’m out and about and get hit with inspiration. Ideas will come at you so fast you have to be able to write them down or you’ll forget them. Plus, if you have a doctor’s appointment it’s nice to have something to do while you wait in the lobby!

2} Become a student of typography. There definitely is a difference between breaking the rules, and breaking them well. How do you know the rules? You need to study

Create a Killer Band Site in Drupal – Part 6 – Additional Functionality and Resources

This tutorial is another special series written guest author Sean Hodge from aiburn.com and Connection Cube. He is an expert in Drupal, which I am totally not familiar with. He intrigued me when he told me that the majority of the bands on Sony’s record label are powered by Drupal. Drupal is basically an open source CMS, and I was interested in learning more about it. So that’s why he’s writing this tutorial for us. You can learn along with me!

Read the introduction – What’s Drupal and why?
Read Part 1 – Design it Illustrator
Read Part 2 – Slicing it Illustrator
Read Part 3 – XHTML
Read Part 4 – Theming Drupal
Read Part 5 – Drupal Admin

Introduction

In our last tutorial we covered the setup of our band website. We now have a brochure style site in place that could be used to promote GoBand or add community building functionality to. We’ll wrap up this series by looking at the resources Drupal has to offer to build on this foundation and extend what we have setup.

Front Page

Recommended Modules

There are a handful of Drupal Modules that will help any website. Here is a list with some explanation of what these modules do.

Go Media finishes site for Subscript

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Go Media recently finished a job for Subscript, the more “boutique” little sister brand of Triple Five Soul. They wanted a blog format so they could post news, pics, and videos and such. The site is pretty minimal. Check it out:

www.subscript.com

Go there and buy their clothes. Although it might set you back a few bucks, it’s not cheap.

Go Media’s Tech Shapes in Autechre Video (cool)

A Pseudo-Sugar Skull: From Start to Finish.

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Hey people! It’s Dave again giving you all yet another excuse to get your knowledge on. This isn’t as direct as my previous Gigposter Tutorial (by the way – thanks to everyone who found that helpful!) because I’m actually covering a piece of my own artwork, and as we all know, there are just some things that are hard to explain during the process. Hence why I’m condensing it down to the nitty gritty. Kinda like a walk through my process if you will.

Essential Strategies to Inking Your Pencil Drawings

Create a Killer Band Site in Drupal – Part 5 – Drupal Admin

This tutorial is another special series written guest author Sean Hodge from aiburn.com and Connection Cube. He is an expert in Drupal, which I am totally not familiar with. He intrigued me when he told me that the majority of the bands on Sony’s record label are powered by Drupal. Drupal is basically an open source CMS, and I was interested in learning more about it. So that’s why he’s writing this tutorial for us. You can learn along with me!

Read the introduction – What’s Drupal and why?
Read Part 1 – Design it Illustrator
Read Part 2 – Slicing it Illustrator
Read Part 3 – XHTML
Read Part 4 – Theming Drupal
Read Part 6 -Wrap Up and Additional Resources

Introduction

In our last tutorial we created our Drupal Theme Files. Now we are going to get familiar with the Administration of Drupal and set up our GoBand website.

Review

For review Lullabot has a good video on Installing Drupal 5. The video has you setup your first user account and change the password. This is really important in Drupal. The first user account is the super administrator. So don’t loose that login as its real important. Also, we should have our theme files installed from our last tutorial. If you need to, then download a copy of the final Goband Theme files. Place them in the sites > all > themes directory in Drupal.

Garland Default

Below is the default Administration screen in Drupal. Notice the warning message in the red box. This is nothing to be alarmed about. Let’s take care of that. Click on the status report link within that box.

Garland Admin

We covered this in a previous tutorial, but lets make sure you have the Files folder installed. Make sure your move the files folder

Ornate Lettering Tutorial 2