FontRapid - Design and create fonts directly in Sketch (fontrapid.com)
5 years ago from William Pek, Designer
5 years ago from William Pek, Designer
This. Is. Amazing! Can't wait to try it :)
Design and make font*s* directly in Sketch
It's a shame to ruin your only chance at a first impression with bad grammar. It looks like you put a lot of work into the product, so I think it'd be worth it to hire an editor on Upwork to review your homepage's copy :)
Thank you for pointing the grammar issue.
nothing is ruined bud. that's just a mistake everyone can do. which makes us all human. download the plugin and start learning it. this is going to be a big disruptive move to the dust covered font scene.
It's a great plugin! And does FontRapid support kerning pairs or ligatures?
this is pretty cool! for some simple fonts, i think a lot of people could get some milage out of this. it's free, basic, the workflow seems easy to understand and features are kept intentionally bare bones. font tools in general are ripe for democratization IMO, i can definitely see a use case here for e,g, making super quick/dirty icon fonts.
but man... drawing glyphs in sketch? i wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. the drawing and vector editing tools in sketch make me nauseous. for a slightly better experience, there's a plugin for illustrator that does kinda the same thing ( https://www.fontself.com ) ...
but i'm gonna be a shill for a moment and just say if you're reading this and you want to make a font, even a basic one that you dont wanna kern or whatever, just go get Glyphs Mini. in fact if you like drawing vectors at all, go get the Glyphs or new Fontlab VI trials... the pen tool in actual font software is dramatically more powerful than anything i've experienced in sketch/adobe/affinity/etc.
sorry for the tangent i just wanted to share that
Yep, couldn't agree more. I don't think it's a good idea to coerce two very different design disciplines into the same software. Sketch lacks super basic typeface design tools. But perhaps for font icons this could work quite well.
Yeah, that's what I thought! Building icon fonts with it might be a good use case.
Hey William, did you hear that we will pay $8 to invert Sketch?
What is this - a tool with actual value. What is happening. Why is this free, I'll gladly pay you.
It's cool! Just run with it.
I can't see any potential for using it in serious, professional projects. Let check for example professional software like https://glyphsapp.com/ and read some articles about font designing to understand how it is complex, hard and demanding. This plugin can be use only for fun and maybe for creating icon fonts.
I'll probably bring a different perspective to the debate. I've seen many comments here saying that the plugin is useless and can't be used because you can't draw glyph in Sketch. To a degree it's true...but it's not really what it's made for anyway.
As an example, I'm left handed and as many of you know, we're not known for our handwriting skills. So I decided to use this plugin to create my own font, based on my writing. It's convenient, it's personal and I can use it on all MY documents and projects.
Of course I didn't use sketch to create my glyphs... I used an iPad, an apple pencil, the adobe illustrator iOS app and started writing my letters one by one, in a grid. Once I covered all the letters, numbers and basic symbols, I sent the file to Adobe Illustrator on my computer. From there, I sent the individual glyphs (in vector format) to sketch (copy & paste).
I did NOTHING in illustrator but receiving the vector from the ipad and copying each individual glyph to Sketch App.
In Sketch App, simply rename the glyph to the right key (A, B, a, b....) and voila. Couple of tweaks in the plugin itself to change the top/bottom/left/right spacing of some letters and that was it. The entire process took my less than 2 hours. And I have never done it before.
Now my big issue is that...I exported my font. I can use it. But I can't seem to edit it. How come I can't go back into my sketch project where I played with the plugin and created the font and update my glyphs from within the plugin? I've realised that I'm missing few symbols and the spacing of some letters isn't what it should be. I know how to fix it, I just need to get my font file back in the plugin...but I don't think I can.
I'm really excited about this but for some reason I cannot figure out how to start using it, and after a bit of searching I can't find any how-tos or basic instructions.. I can't seem to import a glyph to start editing.
Has anyone else had more luck?
Interesting diversion. Not sure if there are many practical professional applications with font development though.
I'd recommend checking out http://www.fontlab.com or https://glyphsapp.com/ if you really want to get into the font creation game.
It takes a lot of skill and time to create a font worth using in a professional setting.
Someone sells just a #00000 for 8 bucks and calls itself a designer and another one gives away a complete actual tool for free. Are you aware that you just created AND giving it away for free something revolutionary?
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