Bit Depth




Develop a concept which examines an increased bit depth to create and develop your letterforms. A larger bit depth allows the possibility for greater detail. The increased detail allows the possibility for illustrative line work, the creation of a half tone, or complex patterning.

Look at broader concepts such as half-tone or patterning.


  1. Begin your concepts on grid paper; use a larger drawing tool if necessary.
  2. Draw a large stroke that cover multiple units. Refine each letterform as needed.
  3. Translate your refined sketch to FontStruct. Refine, embellish and alter letterforms strokes, blocks/units. Refine each letterform as needed.
  4. Use the extra bit depth to create minute details that may be unseen at low resolutions, or may present themselves with larger applications
  5. Examine the potential of:
    1. Large brush strokes
    2. Half-tones or bit map photography
    3. Textures
    4. Images
    5. Illustrations
    6. Patterns


  • Letterforms must contain a minimum of 30 — 50 units (either width or height) (for example: a bit ratio of 30:50, 25:50, 50:50)
  • You must create a minimum of 26 characters/letterforms (you may create more if you wish)
  • You do not need to create a full alphabet or series of letterforms.

Project Two Amendments

The current project brief is being altered to accommodate many of our needs and requests. Plan on presenting a 4—6 letter (in length) word with the larger bit depth letterform concepts.

Your word MAY NOT use repeating letterforms.
NO: toto, tutu, onto, or BOGO

If your concept allows more letterforms; by all means continue. I suggest you examine a concept or method that allows you to create more diverse letterforms more quickly.

Student Submissions:

| Sara Koller – Plaid ƒ

| Mikala Dale – Virgo ƒ