As stated a level up, I tinkered some with making
my own fonts, like the Visible Speech fonts in METAFONT and in
After a while I decided to try to make a font that
one could actually stand to look at, and wound up making a fairly
wide-coverage Unicode font family I called Marin (Origin
of the name: my purpose was to make a font that didn't make the reader
actively nauseated when reading it. Hence, I based the name on
Marinol, which is the generic name for an anti-emetic consisting of
the active compound in Marijuana, THC.) I also designed a few fonts
for setting Hebrew, some of which I have the audacity to try to sell at MyFonts.com.
One of them, Gill Hebrew was actually designed by Eric Gill, one of the greatest type-designers of the twentieth century. He's known for such fonts as Gill Sans and Perpetua (among other things), and apparently he spent the last few years of his life in Jerusalem, where he became fascinated with the Hebrew alphabet and issues involved in setting it. He designed his own Hebrew font, which was apparently not very well-received, since he added serifs and things to the Hebrew letters that were alien to what people were used to. I've seen pictures of it here and there, on the web and in books, but I could never find any digitized version of it... so I decided to make one. It takes some getting used to, but it really is a usable font. I just wish it would see more use.
The Itonai font is
actually a Hebrew font made from elements of
Roman. Basically I took one of the most common Latin fonts, chopped it
up into pieces, and re-assembled those pieces to be Hebrew letters!
(redrawing the whole thing myself, of course, so as not to be plagiarizing
the original font) It certainly is jarring, but quite readable. I used to
think it was the ugliest Hebrew font in the world, but it was topped by
J. Schonfield's proposed
new Hebrew script. Wow, that's a tough
one to look at. But pretty interesting, too.