Type Design Basics: Design a Unique Decorative Grid-based Typeface

Evgeniya & Dominic Righini-Brand, Graphic Design & Photography

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13 Videos (46m)
    • Introduction & Class Overview

    • Preparation: Choosing an Image

    • Building an Image-based Grid

    • Considering Type Anatomy

    • Creating a Grid Template for Print (Optional)

    • Designing Typeface Using The Grid

    • Choosing Final Set of Glyphs

    • Cleaning Up the Paths

    • Adjusting Proportions

    • Defining Weights

    • Adding a Different Look to Your Typeface

    • Tips and Tricks for Creating Better Typographic Compositions

    • Conclusion


About This Class

Designing your own typeface might sound daunting, but it does not need to be! In this class designer Evgeniya Righini-Brand will teach you how to easily and quickly design your own decorative grid-based typeface which can be used to create cool typographic compositions for posters, t-shirt prints or logotypes.

This class is suitable for anyone interested in typography regardless of their skill level or experience. So if you are new to type design and just starting to learn about typography, this is a brilliant opportunity to boost your confidence and create something fast and without too many restrictions and practice your Adobe Illustrator skills along the way. And if you are a design pro you can use it as an opportunity to learn a new type design process and make some cool stuff.

Class structure:

1. Grid development. Choosing source images for the grid and building a grid to define your glyphs’ geometry.

2. Designing glyphs. Design development of glyphs based on your grid.

3. Finalising glyphs. Choosing from alternatives, adjusting proportions, cleaning up the paths, defining weights.

4. Customising typeface. Developing your typeface further by adding extra graphic features.

5. Typographic compositions. Tips and tricks for creating better typographic compositions.

Note: Creating a working typeface file is a different much more advanced task and is not covered in this class.

34 of 34 students recommendSee All

Excellent class and somewhat mind-boggling concept! Great inspiration and countless of opportunities to wiggle around with grid, shapes and so on. Fantastic! On a side note: What is the song playing in the background? I think it got stuck in my head... :)
Awesome! Thank you!
I highly recommend this workshop, it is useful for professional use, especially for people working in editorial design, and also is a big plus to a creative student portfolio!





Evgeniya & Dominic Righini-Brand

Graphic Design & Photography

We are Dominic & Evgeniya Righini-Brand, a creative couple specialising in graphic design and photography. Our small studio Attitude Creative is run from a cute garden house hidden away in the middle of England.

We have 5 years of university teaching experience each, and we would love to share with you what we are passionate about and what we have learnt from teaching communication design and photography students over the years.

For more information about our graphic design side please visit attitudecreative.co.uk and to see what we are up to day to day check us out on Facebook and Instagram. You can also have a look at our photographic portolio at 1705photography.com.