Font Editing Tools

A while back I wrote about the process of designing Ecke, a naïve typeface I created as a random side project. I am by no means a type designer but I do enjoy creating fun letters and sometimes they make it to full alphabets. If you’re a graphic designer you might also have a backlog of these alphabets but are unsure of what to do with them. Incase you fancy creating a font, here are a few font editing tools to do just that.

Fontlab

Fontlab has existed almost as long as I have, and many commercial fonts have been created with this editor. This is not really for beginners or people just wanting to have a play as it’s sophisticated software and is priced accordingly. In saying that, they do offer a range of products for different levels from hobby typographers to creative professionals so it might be worth checking out what works for you.

$$$ — Professionals

Glyphs

I discovered Glyphs because it seems a lot of typographers living in Germany use it—Nadine Chahine, Martina Flor and Toshi Omagari to name a few. While many commercial typefaces have been created with Glyphs, there is also Glyphs Mini, a simpler more accessible version.

$$ — Professionals / hobby typographers

Fontself

This is relatively new and although a little crude, it’s a good option for graphic designers wanting an easier way to use their type designs. The price point is much lower than Fontlab or Glyphs and has a lot of potential for aspiring typographers.

$ — Hobby typographers / type rookies

Fontstruct

This is the web app I used to create Ecke. It’s free, extremely basic and you are limited to using geometric shapes. It is however built by FontShop and not a bad place to start or at the very least have a play around with.

Free — Type rookies

TypographyGabby Lord