What do you think of my typeface? I named it SG Funny Face. I made it on my iPad and I want to give you a quick review of the iPad application I used to make it. Before I start, I also wanted to give you a copy of the font. Click here to visit the SG Funny Face page and download your own copy. It's free and you can use it however you want.
The font creation app is called iFontMaker by The 2TTF. (Visit The 2TTf site or the application's page on iTunes). It's for the iPad and sells for $8. (An FYI: I paid for my software. This isn't an ad for them.)
Does the application work? Yes and it?s surprisingly fun and easy to use. It provides guides and several different sets of sample letters for you to draw on top of. It?s sort of like finger painting an alphabet. Each letter you draw fills the full screen so you can fine tune your drawing.
The program provides basic editing functions and drawing options. There are 3 pen styles, a paintbrush, a calligraphy pen, and a pencil, all of which you can vary in thickness. You can undo multiple brush strokes on each letter you?re drawing. You can resize everything you?ve drawn within an individual letter or move an entire letter around.
You can make do more than a standard English font as well. There is glyph support for multiple languages.
Once you?ve made your font you can preview it using any phrase you like. If you?re happy with it, you can then send it through their web site and download a true type font file, a TTF. It?s a universal font format that you can use on your computer or through modern web browsers and embed it into web pages. Really cool stuff.
It?s not a perfect program, but it?s also a young program. Based on the authors' Twitter page, it seems they have a roadmap for future development.
How could it be better? I found myself wanting better editing tools. For example, if you want to edit a brush stroke on an existing letter, you have to undo your work up until the point it was made. There?s no fine tuning of an existing brush stroke.
Another place for improvement would be to include bezier drawing tools. In it?s current form iFontMake is great for making fonts that have a hand-drawn look. You?re not going to be creating the next Helvetica with the current set of tools though. The fine level control doesn't possible now.
Even with those caveats, if you?ve got an itch to make your own font, you?re bound to have fun playing with this app.