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Creating your own fonts


Students will create their own font, following the anatomy of a font to make sure all the letters work together.


  • Students will create a font of their own using previous knowledge of the anatomy of a font.
  • Students will classify their font based on previous knowledge of font types.
  • Students will convert their handwritten fonts to a Truetype Font (TTF) to be used on the computer.
  • Students will evaluate their font based on how it displays on a computer after conversion to a TTF.

Common Core State Standards

CCSS.ELA.Literacy.W-9-10.2d Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of a subject.
CCSS.ELA.Literacy.L.9-10.3 Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
CCSS.ELA.Literacy.L.9-10.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 9-10 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
CCSS.ELA.Literacy. L.9-10.6 Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.


120 minutes


Handout: My script template


Computers with Internet access

Thin-tipped black markers or pens

Lesson step-by-step

1. Introduction — 5 minutes

As a visual warm-up, consider showing a sample of graffiti, doodles and handwriting from a variety of sources to introduce the idea that each is unique and sets a tone or mode. You might also show a collection of movie posters or typography samples gathered from Pinterest or graphic design websites to remind students of how many different fonts exist. Explain that today students will get to create their own font.

2. Demonstration — 10 minutes

Show the font template and explain the process of creating a font. It helps to have a sample you created in advance in addition to a clean copy of the template, so you can go back and forth during the demonstration. Point out the baseline and x-height. Clarify that students need uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and punctuation. Explain that students should start with a pencil to create their font. If they mess up, they can erase easily. After they finish, they will use a black felt marker or pen to trace their work. Note: Fonts that are overly decorative or fancy do not convert well to a TTF format.

3. Application — 85 minutes

Distribute My Script Template handout so students can begin drawing their own font. After students have finished creating their fonts on the template and outlining each character in black pen, their templates will need to be scanned as a digital file in grayscale at 300 dpi. Using the website,, students will upload their files. Once uploaded, select True Type Font as the option, name the file the student’s name and click Send File. The website will convert it to a TTF format (Truetype Font), which you can save to your computer or to a portable drive. (Note: The file will need to be installed on the computer. The process will vary depending on computer type, but a quick Internet search will yield instructions if you need them.)

4. Making connections — 20 minutes

Once the fonts are installed, students will write you a letter about why they chose to create the font they did, describing its unique characteristics. Assign them to name the font. In their written reflection, students must answer the following questions:

  • What is the name of your font, and what type is it? (e.g. serif, sans serif, etc.)?
  • Is your font consistent along the baseline and across the x-height? If not, what did you do wrong?
  • Does your font look like you imagined? Why or why not?
  • Is it different than the standard fonts already installed on your computer? If not, what could you have done differently? If so, how did you ensure the font would be unique?

Students should save the letter and submit based on the method of your choosing.


Created Font Evaluation


Fair(5 points) Good(10 points) Excellent(15 points) Total points
Consistency Both the baseline and x-height are uneven and show variations in placement when used in typing. The baseline or the x-height have variations for each letter, therefore making them uneven. The baseline and x-height for each letter are even and level. ____ / 15
Uniqueness Font is similar or identical to a installed font on the computer. There isn’t enough variation to distinguish it as original and creative. n/a Font is original and does not match a font already installed on the computer. Font has unique characteristics. ____ / 15
Clarity Many of the uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and punctuation marks are hard to read. The letters, numbers and punctuation aren’t always easy to recognize and look sloppy or illegible. Most of the uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and punctuation marks are recognizable and most are easy to read. Every uppercase letter, lowercase letter, number and punctuation mark is clearly recognizable and easy to read. ____ / 15
Total points ____ / 45