Why you should create your own font

Did you know that a number of fonts are covered by copyright[1]. To use them commercially you would need[2] to purchase a licence.

This can impact your projects feasibility and limit how it can be distributed.

There are different fonts that are better for different situations. Some can be easier for dyslexic people to read others easier to read on certain backgrounds

ElegantThemes has a guide[3] to building your own font.

ElegantThemes – How to create your own font

We want to create a font that is vector based so that it can be resized to any size without it becoming pixelated.

FontForge is an opensource application that allows you to create your own fonts.

You can also use fontstruct.com to create your own TrueType fonts. You will need to sign up for this.

Once you’ve created an account click create.

Give your font a name

There are a range[4] of shapes that you can use to create your letters.

Note that things are placed on a grid so you can keep track of the sizes of different letters.

Note the different characters are listed at the bottom of the page.

This will be time consuming to create all of the letters but will result in a font that is uniquely yours.

Create your letters.

Press save and download to download your font.

You then get a zip file containing the TrueType font file.

Extract the folder

You can then right click on the file and select install.

This will install the font on the computer you are using.

If you want to use the font on a website or in an application you will need to embed the font to ensure[5] that it is available on all computers where it is needed.

How to embed the font will change depending on what you are creating.

Click the link below for some guidance on how to embed fonts on the following platforms:

Terms definitions
1. copyright. A legal term to mean that you are allowed to copy and reproduce someone else’s music, art or writing
2. need. An identified requirement of a person, group, or environment. A need is identified from an issue and sits within a context. Technological practice can be undertaken in an attempt to meet an identified need.
3. guide. A user guide, document or tutorial to explain how to complete a task.
4. range. A selection of items. When asked in the context of an achievement standard it means at least three. In spreadsheets range is a way of selecting a group of cells. A colon is used to separate the starting and ending cells. e.g. B4:F10
5. ensure. Check that something is there or included
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