Report Number: CS-TR-85-1074
Institution: Stanford University, Department of Computer Science
Title: Designing new typefaces with Metafont
Author: Southall, Richard
Date: September 1985
Abstract: The report discusses issues associated with the symbolic design of new typefaces using programming languages such as Metafont. A consistent terminology for the subject area is presented. A schema for type production systems is described that lays stress on the importance of communication between the designer of a new typeface and the producer of the fonts that embody it. The methods used for the design of printers' type from the sixteenth century to the present day are surveyed in the context of this schema. The differences in the designer's task in symbolic and graphic design modes are discussed. A new typeface design made with Metafont is presented, and the usefulness of Metafont as a tool for making new designs considered.