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Screencast: Intro to FontStruct

Tips | | May 5th, 2008

FontStruct was designed to be self-explanatory. We built the editor so that anyone, without any type design or technical experience, can get started right away. But it’s always nice to have a moving, talking guide. So, here’s our first screencast: an introduction to FontStruct. Let the soothing Scottish timbre of FontStruct creator Rob Meek guide you through the basics of the application.

UPDATE: Please note, FontStruct has been enhanced since this screencast was recorded. There are some minor differences between the interface shown in the video and that in use on the site.




26 Comments

  1. Pat Meeks

    Good video! Thanks for going “all out” with FontStruct. Just love it!

    – Pat Meeks — May 8, 2008 #

  2. Paganel 75

    Hey, all of us are going to be little Adrian Frutiger(s) ! :-)

    – Paganel 75 — May 9, 2008 #

  3. ENRICO DAVID

    This is a wonderful tool. Kudos and more power to the creators!

    – ENRICO DAVID — May 14, 2008 #

  4. Torley Lives

    Thanks for such a great video tutorial! I appreciated the zoom-in effects and like your accent. Really helpful, and sure looks like it makes it easier for aspiring font-makers to get started. :)

    Torley Lives — May 15, 2008 #

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  6. Chryss

    I used to have a font obsession, and had a ridiculous library. Then I drifted from graphics for a while. I’m back, and was dreaming of creating some fonts, but haven’t been looking forward to the tedious process involved in font-making that I remembered. Through a graphics forum, i found ths app, and now I’m COMPLETELY JAZZED about it. I haven’t delved in yet, but I’m incredibly impressed by how simple, accommodating, and generous it is. Thanks soooo much.

    And the video was excellent.
    Someone really has their s**t together! haha.
    Cheers!

    – Chryss — May 26, 2008 #

  7. JA Mesquita

    I barely started exploring this site but judging from this video it’s just fantastic! Great idea!

    – JA Mesquita — May 30, 2008 #

  8. Thom Keach

    This is really a very instructive video! I can’t believe it is actually free. Many thanks!

    – Thom Keach — June 12, 2008 #

  9. Sam Goldstein

    Absolutely Freakin Awesome. Can’t wait to try this.
    WOW WOW WOW

    Sam Goldstein — June 17, 2008 #

  10. arianna

    WOW OTTIMO!

    – arianna — June 22, 2008 #

  11. Kumkum Nadig

    Wow! An amazing tool and a very easy to follow instructions! The interface is user friendly and easy to understand/use! By giving this free, you guys have done a good service to the world’s aspiring designers!

    Kumkum Nadig — June 27, 2008 #

  12. carol-anne ryce-paul

    Absolutely wonderful, this is one of the coolest and most innovative design tools.

    It makes type design accessible and interesting. I think a lot of people will begin to see that type and type design is not drudgery, and hopefully will be interested in the history of all the people who came before and didn’t have a computer to help them design.

    Imagine this tool in the hands of children along with a history lesson on writing and typography. Wow!

    thanks a lot

    – carol-anne ryce-paul — June 27, 2008 #

  13. Jaana

    How to make fonts with very slim lines?

    Jaana — July 21, 2008 #

  14. Stephen Coles

    Hi Jaana. The more single bricks you place in a row, the thinner your lines will appear when you see the characters as a whole. Give it a go.

    Stephen Coles — July 24, 2008 #

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  17. scposy

    Thank you!

    scposy — February 14, 2009 #

  18. Don Taylor

    I directed and ran the first, in the US, digital font (bit maps) department in 1968 for the Autologic APS3 ultra high speed computerized phototypsetter. Seeing this demo has brought back many memories and I am going to download the program and see if I can still remember the little quirks that worked when constructing characters with 600 dots per inch.

    – Don Taylor — May 27, 2009 #

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  20. a.c.e

    This is some pretty great stuff. My hat goes off to the creators.

    – a.c.e — August 12, 2009 #

  21. sandrar

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

    sandrar — September 10, 2009 #

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  23. Susan

    Excellent, clear and concise.
    and the wonderful Scottish accent didn’t hurt either!

    Susan — February 2, 2010 #

  24. Celester

    Thanks for the demo. This is my first attempt to create fonts. I believe this will be a helpful, easy tool to use. Thanks for making it available.

    – Celester — June 23, 2010 #

  25. Zuhair Al-Johar

    A very nice introduction. Very useful.

    Thanks

    Zuhair

    – Zuhair Al-Johar — August 14, 2010 #

  26. Bismuth

    I should have found this when I started fontstructing!
    I can tell what u mean by “minor differences.”
    1} the extra guidelines r green, not blue.
    2} instead of nothing, with adjacent characters, next to the last glyph is the first. & vice versa.
    3} the character sets go DOWN 2 UP.
    4} 0 votes symbol=lemniscate+UNDERLINE.
    5} next to “discussion” is “Add a comment/image,” not “Write a new message.”
    Thanks 4 the help!
    PS: Scottish accent sounds better when loud.

    Bismuth — December 24, 2010 #