After spending eight years drawing and writing using only the trackpad on my laptop, I finally purchased an iPad after I graduated college. I created this typeface as a final ode to my trackpad days. I drew each character without a mouse or tablet—just my trusty three-square-inch keyboard square.
Curlz Emma T
I made my second typeface exclusively in lectures in my sophomore year Astrobiology class. It was meant to be a digitized version of my faux-calligraphy handwriting, named after the ever-popular script font, Curlz MT.
I graduated college and figured it was finally time to throw away all the notes I'd taken for the past four years—but not before turning all of my favorite pages into fonts. This typeface is built entirely of scanned pages of my college notes, a mash of various different styles (hence the pun on "collage").
I created this typeface during my senior year of high school in attempts to learn what sort of effort went into font creation. It was meant to be a cute vectorized version of my handwriting, but it turned out quite ugly. I also spelled the name of the font incorrectly and now it's too funny to fix it.
The Font-Making Process
I created these typefaces using a program called Font Forge. It's not the most modern-looking software, but it has a VERY detailed help guide that explains how to build your own typefaces and generate font files from them. It's easy enough to learn in one day; I highly recommend! For any aspiring font builders, you can learn more about Font Forge here.
The video below shows my general process for font creation. I start by drawing the characters in Adobe Illustrator, then import each to Font Forge. From there, I manipulate the letter forms, adjust the kerning, and generate an .otf or .ttf file. Next, I install the font on my computer and preview it in a variety of sizes and outputs to see if there are any changes that need to be made before I post the final on this site—or pitch it to typeface websites.