To learn to use Adobe Illustrator tools
by example. To study the unifying modular system of type design.
Type designers work very hard at unifying all the characters of a typeface so that they look like they belong together. One approach to unifying a typeface is to repeat visual motifs over and over by re-using design elements from one character in another character. In this exercise, you will construct missing characters from a typeface by copying existing elements from other characters in the same typeface.
reconstructing missing characters
- download starter file
- open "missing.ai" in Illustrator
- practice Adobe navigation keyboard shortcuts: space=hand;
space+cmd=zoom in; space+cmd+opt=zoom out; cmd+zero=fit in
- view > outlines (cmd+Y)
- study the design of the typefaces (what is the difference between "old style," "transitional," and "modern" serifs?)
- reference the design of the missing characters
- copy select elements of your choice to reconstruct the missing characters (direct select tool)
- save, print
- add your name and the exercise number to the file
- clean-up your printable area and add credit.
In 9pt Helvetica, 1/2" from bottom and right side of the page add:
Exercise #: Exercise Name
- print a proof for grading
- file your graded proof in your Process Book for individual review