Summer 2014 Typedesign Workshop

Summer 2014 Typedesign Workshop

26th Tipo Brda Summer Typedesign Workshop
17 August–24 August 2014

Summer 2014 Special calli-type mixture

This summer we intend to combine the skils and gain the best from two young professionals: the typedesigner Diana Ovezea and the calligrapher Giuseppe Salerno.

Giuseppe will lead us through calligraphy: the stroke, ductus, rhythm, the tools, as an important part of creating letterforms and wordshapes by hand. Diana will explain the importance of the letterforms: outline, counterspace, convention, grayscale, rhythm as fundamental elements of typeface and also their implementation into the font editor emphasizing correct treatment of curves, spacing, etc.

We expect to have two possible outcomes on the basis of handdrawn letterforms:

  • A script type (one turns writing/calligraphy into a digital font). This is useful for participants who use a lot of drawing in their work: e.g. logos or illustration, … We consider this is a micro aspect on type.
  • A body or display typeface (based on most characteristical elements of hand drawn letterforms). This is useful for participants who are more type based designers: e.g. editorial field, complex layouts,  … We consider this is a macro aspect on type.

Where is the workshop?
Traditionally, the workshop will take place at Kaverljag (village Grintovec 33a, Šmarje, Slovenia). The workshop fee 200 € includes accomodation, meals, basic stationery and final exhibition printouts. The maximum number of participants is 16.

Who are the mentors?
As mentioned above: Diana Ovezea and Giuseppe Salerno will be accompanied by prof. Lucijan Bratuš, ALUO; and assist. prof. Domen Fras, NTF.

Who can participate?
Students of graphic design, typography, architecture and all other people interested in drawing letters and designing typefaces.
Expectations: At least some basic experience with creation of type. A laptop is required, we all use application Glyphs, therefore we suggest mac. With a couple of macs we can support those without, too. Bring your own ideas and sketches of type you want to work on. Do not forget your favourite drawing tools; pens, pencils, markers, … and a sketchbook.

How do we work?
Daily routine is a short lecture or excercise in the morning, individual work during the day and group consultations in the evening. A breakfast is served at 10, a lunch at 15 and a dinner around 19 o’clock, coffebreaks anytime of the day.

Draft schedule:
day 1, Sunday
– gathering in the afternoon
– setting up the studio
– welcome evening

day 2, Monday
– calligraphy workshop with Giuseppe in the morning
– the implementation of drawings into type by Diana in the afternoon
– daily group critics in the evening

day 3, Tuesday
– Giuseppe continiues with advanced calligraphy in the morning
– Diana continiues with refining ideas, pointing out the importance for digitalisation
– daily group critics in the evening

day 4–6, wednesday—Friday
– work in a digital environment
– individual work and one to one tutorials over the day
– daily group critics in the morning and evening
– finishing specimens, designing the exhibition

day 7, Saturday
– documentation
– preparing the exhibition
– the exhibition and the party

day 8, Sunday
– the end of the workshop

How to apply?
Briefly present your typedesign projects if you have them already or just add a link to your portfolio.
Tell us something about you: name, faculty, country, phone, your skills etc. Keep it short and sweet.
Send it to info (at) tipobrda (dot) com – deadline: 11 July 2014.
Wait for notification by 18 July 2014 – we will get in touch with all the participants to inform you with additional details.

Looking forward to meet you at our workshop.

Tipo Brda summer 2014 crew: Lucijan, Domen, Tomaž & Malvina