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TYPEFACE DESIGN

Typeface design is something I have wanted to pursue for a long time. As a printmaker, I learned traditional typesetting on a letterpress using wood and metal hand-set type. With new software and technology like the laser engraver, there are more possibilities for designers to create unique type for letterpress printing. This is an area where analog and digital overlap.

This year I learned that I can also design typefaces by hand without aid of specialized equipment. Using low-tech linocut techniques and hand written text, I created my own fonts: Linohaus Deco, Paintmaker, and Sharpie regular and italic. I produced OTF files for each font (still in-progress). My process was to scan the handmade versions, vectorize them, and use Glyph software to create OTF files so I may use these fonts in any software program.