Designing and producing a quality, marketable font is no small task and involves a painstaking amount of artisanship, thought, and skill. Reputable type designers can spend anywhere from weeks to years designing a font – it is truly a discipline that deserves respect.
Font foundries and font designers deserve to be fully compensated for their work.
Check out these links from some reputable type designers describing what it actually takes to design and produce a font.
How to design a typeface – a step-by-step guide – advice from type designers at Monotype and Fontsmith http://bit.ly/2lr9LH2
Rod McDonald’s journey through 110 years of grotesques http://bit.ly/2q9RNff
What it’s like to design a font from Scratch – Steve Matteson http://bit.ly/2qZk9vA
How to design a typeface – Mark Simonson’s process https://adobe.ly/1K5GAP2
How long does it take to design a font? – Hoefler&Co. http://bit.ly/2ppmq37