The Typographics festival includes a variety of workshops covering everything from micro typography to creative coding.
Please note: Typographics participants are subject to our Code of Conduct & Policies. If you do not agree to these conditions, do not register or attend any Typographics events.
This hangout will be recorded and published as an episode of the podcast Ohno Radio.
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Branding for Food with Douglas Riccardi
Through a focused exercise of restaurant branding, Douglas Riccardi will guide participants through a general approach to branding that can be applied to diverse projects and many client types. In this intensive workshop, participants will work on a project of their choice — developing a concept, analyzing competition, devising an identity and palette of brand assets, and applying these to appropriate collateral materials. Students will also hear best practices and insights gathered through the instructor’s many years of work in this field.
TypeTogether Hangout with Veronika Burian
Join the TypeTogether team for an informal chat & chill. We’ll answer any questions, be it about actual letter-shapes, design process, collaboration over distance, typeface selection, geeky tech stuff, …
Pattern & Animation with Python & DrawBot with Maurice Meilleur
Participants in this two-day workshop will be working in DrawBot to learn methods for describing, creating, styling, positioning, and distributing shapes in patterns, with parameters you can adjust to alter the output. You’ll also learn different methods to animate your creations. Your sketches will produce high-quality vector art that you’ll be able to save as animations and more. If you’ve ever been interested in generative design, patterns and animations are a great way to get started.
Thinking With Your Hands with Cyrus Highsmith
This workshop will be a messy, hands-on, and computer-free exploration of drawing, making, and thinking about letters. Each day will be a series of demos and conversations with lots of time in between to work independently. We will experiment and play with different ways of drawing and thinking about letters. Techniques may include stencils, low-tech printing, collage, and painting.
Found Lettering: How to Discover Inspiration Anywhere with Ken Barber
Examining patterns in familiar specimens, participants will learn how to identify and decode the basic systems underlying all well-made lettering. Students will then adapt those elements to their hand-drawn logos and wordmarks. Not only does this approach provide a method for retracing the decision-making of other artists, but it gives letterers a fresh perspective on their own work.
Code x Variable Fonts with Lynne Yun, Kevin Yeh
Type Whispering with Frederik Berlaen, Ryan Bugden
In 6 sessions, of 3 hours each, on Mondays and Wednesdays, students dive into the practice of typedesign by looking at type and the shapes within. Through research and analysis of shapes, you will learn the language of letter forms both on a visual and on a narrative level. By sketching and drawing digitally an alphabet will be completed. In the end, participants will have an ‘unfinished’ typeface with lowercase or uppercase letters. But each one will be forced to draw something different than they are used to. Please note that this class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 am to 12 pm (EDT) except for June 14, when the time will be 1 pm to 4 pm.
Code x Glitch Type with Lynne Yun, Kevin Yeh
Lettering for Graphic Designers with Ying Chang
Through her own experience working in various global agencies, Ying tailors this course to support her fellow type-loving designers and art directors in upping their type game by acquiring a new skill set in hand lettering. With a series of lectures, instructional demonstrations, exercises, and one-on-one feedback, participants will steadily train their critical eye and gain the ability to create fresh looks in their future personal and professional projects.
Code x Kinetic Type with Lynne Yun, Kevin Yeh
Micro Typography with Amy Papaelias
Who will sweat the details if we don’t? This one-day workshop will help take your typography skills to the next level of nerdery. Learn about intricate typographic hierarchies and fine-tune long passages of text. Get friendly with OpenType features and the Glyph palette. Dive deep into dashes and hang your punctuation. We’ll even cover how some concepts can be applied to the web. Train your eyes to see like a seasoned typographer, your readers will thank you.
Choosing the Right Typeface with Tida Tep, Fred Shallcrass
Through a series of lectures, discussions and exercises students learn to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of fonts. They’ll learn about how technology and culture has changed the way we interact with fonts. With an understanding of today’s best practices, students will gain confidence to make better informed decisions.
Branding with Type with Ellen Lupton
Use this one-day workshop to spark your creativity, find new inspiration, and create a chill portfolio piece. Participants receive copies of Ellen Lupton’s latest books from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Design Is Storytelling, and The Senses: Design Beyond Vision.
Hangout with Cyrus & Cem of Occupant Fonts with Cyrus Highsmith, Cem Eskinazi
Come hang out online on Zoom with Cyrus Highsmith and Cem Eskinazi of Occupant Fonts. They will talk about Cem’s new typeface, learning to be a type designer, and how they have been keeping themselves occupied during isolation. It will be casual with space for questions and chat. A Zoom link will be sent to you once you register.
The top-heavy g: Julius Klinger’s lettering and type design with Paul Shaw
Shaw will lead us on a detailed (even nerdy) look at the evolution of Klinger’s lettering and type, placing him in context with Koloman Moser, Alfred Roller and other members of the Vienna Secession; and the German sachplakat artists, such as Lucian Bernhard, associated with the printers Hollerbaum & Schmidt.
Designing Type Ornaments with Marina Chaccur
Ornaments and patterns are all around us, and there are many approaches to this subject, with endless connections. However, in this workshop we will focus on designing ornaments which can be used to generate patterns, based on typographic knowledge and settings. We will start from the basics, so anyone who is interested in type ornaments, regardless of their skills, experience or expertise can join.
Ask a Type Designer with Ben Kiel, Jesse Ragan
Ever want to ask a type designer what they think about X? Or, how do they do Y? Or possibly, how does one commission Z? Ben Kiel and Jesse Ragan —partners in XYZ Type— will virtually open their studios to answer your questions about typeface design and their practice. They will also show in-progress work and gems from their book collections.
Ben Kiel and Jesse Ragan make useful, quietly offbeat fonts at their independent digital foundry, XYZ Type, which operates in the interwebs between St. Louis and New York. After hiring each other back and forth and realizing they worked well together, the pair launched XYZ Type in 2017 to merge their respective strengths and extensive experience crafting typefaces and lettering for major brands, cultural institutions, and publications.
Type Design for Non-Type Designers with Matteo Bologna
In this two-day class, you will learn the basics of designing and generating a variable font with the font-design software Glyphs (Mac only). Go beyond choosing the same typefaces from the type menu to creating your own. At the end of the class, you will not have a finished font, but a respectable start and a deep understanding about how fonts are made.
Teaching Type on the Web with Amy Papaelias
This one day workshop will help design educators integrate basic web skills and concepts into their typography curriculum or related courses. By the end of the workshop, participants will leave with several simple but effective projects they can use to supplement and enhance typography coursework. While primarily geared towards educators, anyone wanting an introductory overview of using type on the web will benefit from this workshop. No experience with HTML or CSS is required.
Ease Into Script Lettering with Ying Chang
This course is designed to give newcomers a solid kickstart in script lettering, as well as to serve those who already draw in script an opportunity to sharpen their knowledge, strengthen their foundation, and further their practice. By taking the script letterforms apart and studying the system, the participants will gain the ability to construct their own lettering pieces with consistency and rhythm. We will start with an introductory lecture on type and hand-lettering, followed by the breakdowns and variables in script letterforms.
Experiments in the Browser will highlight And Repeat’s studio collaborations with artists and designers from all over the world. We will be looking at Internet-based type experiments and art projects—how they all work together and how they generate a diverse, evolving body of work. Marty Grasser will be joined by fellow team members, Arsh and Zrinka Buljubašić.
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