Design a stunning typeface with just six shapes

A modular typeface is an alphabet constructed out of a limited number of shapes or modules. The design we’re making here uses just six different modules that can be transformed subtly, by rotating, flipping and so on, to create an entire alphabet.

We’ll work with the Pen tool, and make basic use of the Pathfinder and Transform commands. Using Illustrator’s Snap To Grid option I’ll also demonstrate some simple rules that will help you draw well-proportioned and attractive curves.

The process will give you an insight into how typefaces are constructed and a feel for aspects like letter spacing. The ability to build modular alphabets can be a really powerful tool in the creation of bespoke type treatments, and can help you produce beautiful, original pieces of artwork.

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