Report Number: CS-TR-83-971
Institution: Stanford University, Department of Computer Science
Title: Letterform design systems
Author: Ruggles, Lynn
Date: April 1983
Abstract: The design of letterforms requires a skilled hand, an eye for fine detail and an understanding of the letterforms themselves. This work has traditionally been done by experienced artisans, but in the last fifteen years there have been attempts to integrate the design process with the use of computers in order to create digital type forms. The use of design systems for the creation of these digital forms has led to an analysis of the way type designs are created by type designers. Their methods have been integrated into a variety of systems for creating digital forms. This paper describes these design systems and discusses the relevant issues for the success of the systems that exist and are used today.