The purpose of this project was to design a typeface, using digital methods,and in so doing to explore the use of current type design software. In this project, letterforms that were originally produced by hand with a pen were translated into electronic data, taking the final form of a digital typeface. Photographic images of manuscript letterforms were enlarged; from the enlarged letterforms hand-rendered outlines were created. These outlines were scanned electronically and imported into a type design software program. Digital outlines of each character were created, from which a PostScript typeface was generated and printed. The result of the project is a digitally produced and generated PostScript typeface, which can be output at any size or resolution. Although the typeface was generated with a machine, it nonetheless maintains the character of hand-rendered calligraphic letterforms, as can be seen when comparing the type to its original historical source.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Type and type-founding--Digital techniques; Type and type-founding--Data processing; Printing--Specimens

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School of Print Media (CIAS)


Provan, Archibald


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: Z250.7 .V664 1994


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