For resources week as part of project educate we have conducted interviews with some of the prominent members of our community. Hopefully it will give you an insight into how their devious minds work.
Here is our interview with ~jelloween, fontographer.
Tell us a bit about yourself, give us an introduction to who jelloween is and why she makes fonts.
Jelloween is a 23 year old ex-student (I just graduated from university last week , YAY!) born and living in the Netherlands with her boyfriend and cat. About 10 years ago the idea of making my own fonts came to me for the first time, when I found the most awesomest selfmade fonts ever at www.pizzadude.dk . Unfortunately I could not afford nor understand the necessary software, so I gave up and forgot about it. In 2006 I came accross a website that let you make your own pixelfonts online for free and then download them in TTF format. The website didn't really work that well, but my interest for making fonts was reborn. I got hold of a copy of Font Creator 5, which I was told was really easy to learn, and began experimenting. The fruits of my experiments are here on dA
Why do you share your fonts with people, what motivates you, what do you get out of it?
I share my fonts for several reasons. First of all I think one can never have too many fonts. I have been an avid font collector for years and I still become really excited when I find original type. Second, I love it when people create beautiful things with my fonts or tell me how I make their homework look 'original'. Contributing to the work of others gives me a feeling of satisfaction. Lastly, I am fascinated by the way a font of mine, created in my little room, in my little house, so rapidly finds it's way into the world and spreads over the internet like a virus. To find my name and my work everywhere almost makes me feel famous
Where/how did you learn to make fonts, and what is the process like?
I thought myself with the help of some websites and a great book called 'Learn Fontlab fast' by Leslie Cabarga. I usually start out with one letter on paper or in Illustrator and then I gradually 'derive' the rest of the alphabet from that one letter. There are no real rules on how to develop a font, it's mostly trial and error, experimenting with styles while still maintaining coherence between te letters. Making a single font from scratch takes me about one and a half month.
What tools do you use, and how does it influence your work?
I mostly use ink, pencil, paper, Illustrator, Photoshop, Font Creator and Fontlab Studio. It largely depends on the type of the font (handwriting, grungy, playful, serious) I want to make, what tools I choose to use. For a grunge font I may even use tape and chocolate
What makes a good font?
Hmm... I think a good font is most of all an original font. It's very hard to be original as there already exist soooo many fonts. And a good font is also coherent, neatly finished and eye-catching.
Tell us the story behind some of your fonts
I am a no-go with the flow person. When a lot of people do A, I most definitely will not do A. So when I found out that grunge fonts where the trend amongst font designers I promised myself I would not make grunge fonts. I thought grunge fonts where 'easy' (you take an exisiting font, slap some grunge brushes on it and there's your new font) and nobody would really want to use them anyway. Some very nice grunge fonts by my favourite designer Pizzadude finally made me change my mind, resulting in Smudgers and recently Puppeteer, which are now my most popular fonts.
You must have some favourite fonts by other deviants, care to share some?
Yes! I am a great fan of Bobsmade font by =Bobsmade (bobsmade.deviantart.com/art/bo… and Sweeep.ttf by ~sweeep (sweeep.deviantart.com/art/Swee…. I also like `TheRyanFord's Fonce Sans (liquisoft.deviantart.com/art/F….
How about work that has made use of your fonts, care to share a few examples?
There are many more examples, but I kinda like ex-oblivione.deviantart.com/ar… and kemicalreaxion.deviantart.com/… .
What do you think of the font gallery as a whole?
It's not a very popular category, I think a large percentage of dA users doesn't even know the font gallery exists. That's a pity of course, because fonts are awesome! It would be nice if some well-read newsletters would pay attention to the font gallery. I always see al lot of stock-photo resources featured in them but never a single font
Any last thoughts to wrap it up?
Spread the font love around!