Jackie Hurd
Graphic Designer & Illustrator

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Located in Southern Pines, NC, Jackie is an Illustrator and graphic designer. Subscribe to this blog to learn more about Jackie, her experiences in creativity and helpful tips for fellow creatives.

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A work in progress shot. Quick and chunky did the trick.

A work in progress shot. Quick and chunky did the trick.

A few years ago I bought a license to Fontself Maker and had grand plans to start making my own fonts. I installed it, opened it and never used it. At least once a week since then I would get the fontself newsletter, feel guilty about having had spent money on something I wasn’t using and think I really needed to set some time aside to make a font. Sometimes I’d get as far as drawing out (a few) letterforms but then I’d abandon task, mostly because I was seriously overthinking it. Even now as I’m typing this I’m thinking “is letterform the right word to describe a letter”. Anyway, today was the day. My son made a huge mess on my desk with chalk pastels and as I was cleaning them up I felt compelled to see what the alphabet would look like if I wrote it with the squared off shape of the pastel. It looked pretty good and it took me less than a minute! I took a picture of my work, drew over it on my iPad (using procreate) and then after converting everything to vector art, I used the adobe illustrator version of fontself to create my font. Fontself Maker was surprisingly easy to use- after I read the directions- something I had previously failed to do. So here’s my font, I named it "Cappy the first” because it’s all caps and it’s my first successful try in Fontself Maker. Go ahead and give it a try (personal use only please). It’s not perfect and I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I did it! I plan to practice in the coming weeks so hopefully I’ll have another fun font to share soon!

If you’d like to make your own font, here’s a link to get 10% off Fontself Maker. The plug-in is available for Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop or both.