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Workshop programme

All workshops are on Wednesday 14 October. There is no additional charge to take part beyond registration for 'day 1' of the conference but places are limited. Please indicate which you would like to attend when you book your conference place.

09:00 17:00

Adobe FDK workshop

Miguel Sousa

Typeface design can be creative and artistic, but it also involves technical aspects. That is why the Adobe FDK workshop has been visiting type design programs worldwide, to familiarize students with the more technical parts of the workflow. Even for accomplished type designers, the technical hurdles can be a (attention – keyword:) challenge. This workshop aims at conveying a condensed experience of the typical Adobe FDK workshop (which normally last for a whole week) by introducing some of the most important tools in the FDK, and explaining the “Adobe way” of building fonts. The ideal participant for this workshop would be a designer who knows how to work with a code editor (easy) and is comfortable with basic terminal commands.

Miguel Sousa is a Portuguese-American type designer and font developer with a Masters in Typeface Design from the University of Reading. He designed Calouste, a typeface covering both Latin and Armenian scripts, which received a Type Directors Club award in 2006. That same year he joined the Type Development team at Adobe. There he has continued his focus on non-Latin language systems, and mastering the details of font technologies. He is the manager for Western type development.

09:00 12:30

Cyrillic for real use

Alexandra Korolkova

Nowadays, quite a lot of Western designers add other scripts, like Cyrillic or Greek, to their typefaces. Fortunately, the time of “Cyrillic” which can’t be recognized at all, is gone, but does it mean that any recent Cyrillic designed by Latin-writing typographers is good? At the workshop we will discuss peculiarities of Cyrillic letterforms and design some most difficult Cyrillic glyphs in real time.

Alexandra Korolkova is a cyrillic type designer, type researcher and type consultant. Since 2009 she works for ParaType as a type director; participated in Public Types of Russian Federation project (incl. PT Sans and PT Serif) as a leading designer. She also wrote a book on typography for beginners in Russian (the title can be translated as Live Typography). Awarded at international type design competitions (incl. Modern Cyrillic, Granshan, ED Awards) and received Prix Charles Peignot in 2013.

14:00 15:30

Hinting webfonts for low and high resolution screens

Michael Duggan

Learn how to hint and fine tune your Webfonts for the best onscreen rendering. The workshop will cover hinting fonts for the newer DirectWrite ClearType rendering, as well as using the right approaches to achieve the best results on a range of screens with a focus on higher resolution. Learn how attention to detail, can have a big impact on making the most legible type for the screen. Workshop is a teaching format. Note taking advised, but no laptop required.

Mike Duggan is a lead typographer in the ClearType and Advanced Reading Technologies team. Mike has a degree in Visual Communications from the National College of Art & Design in Dublin, Ireland.He plays a key role in the development and hinting of new typefaces targeted for screen legibility. Mike was the typographic technical lead on the ClearType Font Collection project. Mike was the lead program manager on the recent optically scaled Sitka font family, designed by Matthew Carter.

09:00 17:00

From calligraphy to fonts from fonts to calligraphy

Massimo Polello

This workshop is sold out.

Calligraphy has normally been, at least in the past, the basis of and inspiration for several important fonts and scripts dating back to the 30s-50s and, in some cases, up to the present time. In this short course we will explore the same process but in a reverse order. A selection of interesting and beautiful fonts will be used as a starting point and inspiration to be graphically reworked by means of the tools of contemporary calligraphy, such as metal nibs of different sizes, Japanese and flat brushes, but also unusual tools such as wood or metal plates. We will play with shapes, proportions, thicknesses, while stretching, compressing and expanding the letters examined, so as to obtaining newly revisited and reinterpreted forms and, why not, turning them again into fonts of the new millennium.

Massimo has worked as a professional calligrapher artist since 2002 . He has explored its classical and contemporary applications. These include designing packaging, logotype, public and individuals, as well as applying his designs to walls. He has exhibited, led workshops worldwide and he worked on several films with artists P. Greenaway and L. Ronconi. He was invited in MOSCOW and ISTANBUL Conference Type Designer. President of Turin calligraphers´ guild and owner of Studio ABC_Atelier.


09:00 17:00

Lean type design workshop

Pedro Amado, Rui Filipe Alves Abreu, Julien Priez

Designing a typeface from scratch and implementing a full OpenType character set is a very long and complex decision process. It’s even more complex if developed in sync with a client or a team. The first challenge is the ideation phase, to find a style for the base characters that responds to a specific need, or brand. The second challenge is to define the main visual parameters of the drawings (as the stroke’s weight, width, or the terminals’ shapes). And the final challenge is to implement these parameters into a complete OpenType character set. This process is more complex as more people, or team members are involved. The Lean Type Design Workshop introduces the participants to an agile development approach. It is specifically designed for co-creation within small or medium teams, or in the classroom with students. It allows not only for an increase in the speed of idea development, but also for a better use of everyone’s design inputs. Collaborating in mixed teams, the participants develop ideas and drawings, review each others' work in a constructive way, develop rapid responses to the ever-changing context conditions, and implements the digital drawings into a functional working font.

Pedro Amado is a Graphic Designer and assistant professor at the University of Aveiro teaching Interaction Design. He concluded his PhD on Participation and Interaction in Online Communities of Typeface Design. Since 2007 runs workshops on type sketching and type design with free software and online platforms (such as Fontforge and Fontstruct). Has the on going purpose to bridge the gap between digital technologies and the creative processes. Rui Abreu studied communication design at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Porto and graduated in 2003. Whilst student made the first approaches to typographic design, and launched his first font in 2006. Launched the site in 2008, with a selection of his typographic work. Since 2009, Rui Abreu has published his main fonts with the Swedish type foundry Fountain, including the awarded Orde and Aria. After studying visual communications, Julien Priez was born in Montreuil, France, in 1986, and studied Graphic Design and Type Design between 2004 and 2010 at Eugénie Cotton Montreuil and Estienne Paris. After working for three years as a freelance typographer and calligrapher for several agencies, Pierre Di Sciullo, Atelier Chévara, and Atelier Muësli, he left to work as an employee for Fontyou for two years. His first and original typeface, Mandinor FY, was published in June 2014. He now works as an independent calligrapher, type & graphic designer @boogypaper and teach for several schools in Paris, France.,

09:00 17:00

Weight and width: type family planning

Sumner Stone

This workshop is sold out.

Letterforms are effected by their individual structures, by being members of an alphabetic system, and also by their membership in a typographic family or superfamily. The parameters and puzzles that play a significant role in designing a large typographic family will be the subject of this workshop. Exercises and explorations will be carried out with pencil and paper and will focus on monoline, sans serif forms, but issues pertaining to letterforms with higher contrast, and serifs will also be discussed and investigated. The goal of this workshop is to start the participant on the road to developing a large family of related typefaces.

Sumner Stone is a type designer, calligrapher, author, type founder, and teacher. In 1990 he founded Stone Type Foundry Inc. Over the past 4 years, Sumner has taught courses and workshops through the Type@Cooper program at Cooper Union. He has conducted many workshops and courses is type design, lettering, and calligraphy. From 1984–1989 he was Director of Typography for Adobe Systems where he conceived and implemented Adobe’s typographic program including the Adobe Originals.

09:00 12:30

On choosing type: the geek way

César Puertas

With so many fonts already in the market it makes sense to study new ways to find the right candidates for our design projects or even find those who are a perfect match for a design we are already familiar with. In the near future typefaces will likely be seen more as the possibilities of given design spaces rather than mere collections of fonts with common design features. This will end up making type selection closer to font design than ever before. This workshop aims to provide new ways of thinking about fonts and font selection, more aligned with the foreseeable future of typography and type design.

César Puertas is a graphic designer graduated from the National University of Colombia. Master in design of Type and Media from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague (KABK), The Netherlands. Typeface designer. Associate member of ATypI and country delegate for Colombia. Winner of the certificate of excellence in type design from the Type Directors Club in 2012. He is currently associate professor at Universidad Nacional de Colombia and designer in Typograma, his own design studio.

14:00 17:00

What’s new in Glyphs 2.0

Georg Seifert, Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer

In this workshop, Georg Seifert and Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer will take you through the most important new features of the font editor Glyphs, version 2.0. We will show you some tricks and how you can streamline your workflow, re-use shapes more efficiently, and produce pristine webfonts and TTFs.

Bauhaus University graduate Georg Seifert (b. 1978 in Halle an der Saale, Germany) is a type designer and a software developer. His typeface families Graublau Sans and Graublau Slab have become international bestsellers. He also designed the typeface for the new Berlin Airport. He is most well known, however, for the font editor ‘Glyphs’, released in 2011. Seifert lives and works in Berlin. A born Viennese, Rainer Erich (‘Eric’) Scheichelbauer designs typefaces, produces fonts for fellow type designers, teaches type design and typography, holds type design workshops, writes articles and tutorials as well as software for type-oriented tasks, and occasionally translates Dutch books on type into German.

14:00 17:00

Edged brush capitals

César Puertas

If you are into typography and type design you've probably struggled with the apparently odd but beautiful shapes and proportions of Roman capital letters, which can be best explained by edged brush calligraphy. In this hands-on workshop, participants will study the structure of Latin letters, its strokes and proportions so that lettering and type design projects can be more easily accomplished.

César Puertas is a graphic designer graduated from the National University of Colombia. Master in design of Type and Media from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague (KABK), The Netherlands. Typeface designer. Associate member of ATypI and country delegate for Colombia. Winner of the certificate of excellence in type design from the Type Directors Club in 2012. He is currently associate professor at Universidad Nacional de Colombia and designer in Typograma, his own design studio.