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The Complete Guide to Creating, Marketing & Selling Digital Fonts

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Book Description

FontFace is a comprehensive and practical guide that explores every aspect of the font creation process, covering everything from sketching initial letterforms to mastering the font creation software packages FontLab and Fontographer. Significantly, this book also addresses the important issue of how designers can best market and sell their fonts, and includes advice on copyright and working with foundries, as well as how designers can set up their own foundries. Throughout the book, screen grabs and illustrated diagrams accompany clear and accessible text, clarifying each part of every process and arming readers with all the essential information they need. Interviews with professional font designers provide an insight into their working processes, while accompanying portfoliios demonstrate a wide range of inspoirational font styles.

Packed with examples of inventive and original fonts, FontFace is guaranteed to provide hours of inspiration, while the focus on practical font creation makes this an essential tabletop reference for type designers, letterers, graphic designers, illustrators, and type enthusiasts at all levels.

Table of Contents

Part I: Typography Essentials

Chapter 1: Key Principles and Terms

Chapter 2: Creating Letterforms

Part II: Creating a Font

Chapter 3: From Lettering to Vector File

Chapter 4: Font Creation Software Tutorials

Part III: Going Pro

Chapter 5:Marketing and Selling Your Fonts

Part IV: Resources



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Alec Julien is a font creator and graphic designer living in the northeastern United States. He started his own font foundry, Haiku Monkey, in 2007, and has since published over 50 font families, including two open-source familes, and nearly four dozen for sale on and He has published typography articles online on his own blog and on the renowned, touching on a wide range of topics, from practical matters of font creation, to  ligatures in graffiti, to the ephermeral topic of analyzing inconspicuous vertical metrics.