All pre-conference workshops will be held at Loyola University. The university campus is easily accessible by street car from the conference hotel. Maps and other details will be made available shortly.

This information is subject to change.

Wednesday, July 6th
Full-Day Sessions
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Full day workshops break for lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm.

Create Typographic Posters Reflecting New Orleans’ Culture

Rafael Díz Rey & Ketty Miranda Orozco — Universidad Autónoma del Caribe, Colombia

Cost: $100 + $15 materials fee

Maximum Participants: 15

Barranquilla is Carnival. Barranquilla lives because of the River. Barranquilla is a mix of cultures, sounds, colors, flavors and people. Very few cities in the world would fit this description. Still, this year’s TypeCon host city seems to do so perfectly. Through a crash-course in Barranquilla’s visual and musical aesthetic; taking a special focus on what was come to be known as the “Picó”, workshop attendants will dive into New Orleans. The result will be full-scale typographic posters reflecting New Orleans’ vast cultural imagery through a borrowed aesthetic.

It is recommended that participants bring their digital camera to the workshop.

Wednesday
Half-Day Sessions: Morning
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Japanese Stab Bookbinding

Jenny LeBlanc — Hot Iron Press

Cost: $50 + $10 materials fee

Maximum Participants: 15

Discover some fun and easy glueless methods of bookbinding. Students will learn the basic 4-Hole Japanese Stab Binding and try a Noble Binding, a Hemp-Leaf Binding, and a Tortoise Shell Stitch. These attractive bindings uniquely join single sheets of paper together, allowing for the use of several different types or colors of paper. Students will employ strings and needles to complete these stab bindings, so experience sewing with a needle may prove helpful. Explore the transformation of paper and string into beautiful and useful works of art.

Having Fun With Blackletter

Vince Mitchell — Mystic Blue Signs

Cost: $50 + $10 materials fee

Maximum Participants: 15

Vince Mitchell of Mystic Blue Signs will present a hands-on Blackletter (Gothic) workshop in both large and small format. Beginners will start with a large wedge dipped in tempura paint, allowing them to be guided in making the basic forms for blackletter. We will then proceed to develop a more thorough knowledge through practice using steel nibs and ink. Each participant will be shown a detailed history of gothic scripts through related materials.

Web Typography (CSS & XHTML)

Viviana Cordova — University of Maryland

Cost: $50

Maximum Participants: 18

This workshop will engage many people who are not comfortable with using Web Typography. Many among the audience will be able to design for print. This workshop is for anyone who is willing to create a beautiful piece of design using CSS and HTML. In the workshop the audience will be able to manipulate typography easily. I will use some of the examples used from the Web Typography book and website.

Requirements: Workshop attendees must bring their own laptops.

Software required to be pre-installed:

  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 or CS5.5
    Download (30 Day Free Trial)
  • Google Chrome Browser
    Download

Wednesday, July 6th
Half-Day Sessions: Afternoon
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Hands-on CSS & CSS3 Typography

Marcin Wichary — Google

Cost: $50

Maximum Participants: 20

This is a hands-on workshop allowing the participants to get familiar with CSS and CSS3 properties having to do with typography. We will learn the basics and also a number of tricks of the trade. The entire workshop is an interactive, augmented HTML5 learning experience that practices what it preaches and makes experimenting with code simpler and more pleasant than ever. Students will go through basic CSS properties having to do with typography (font-size, letter-spacing, line-height, etc.) and also new CSS3 properties (text-shadow, columns, etc.). We will also talk a bit about using Google Web Fonts API and @font-face. The workshop will conclude with a larger real-life design exercise combining all the properties taught.

Requirements: Workshop attendees must bring their own laptops.

Software required to be pre-installed:

  • Updated Chrome, Safari, and Firefox browsers

Typography Using Processing & Illustrator

Viviana Cordova — University of Maryland

Cost: $50 + $5 Tutorial PDF

Maximum Participants: 18

This workshop will engage many people who are not comfortable with programming. After the workshop the audience will be able to design using Processing and will be able to save their files, posters or animations using Typography. This workshop is for anyone who is willing to create a beautiful piece of design using Processing. I will use some of the techniques used in the book Type and Code: Processing for Designers by Yeo-hyun Ahn and Viviana Cordova.

Requirements: Workshop attendees must bring their own laptops.

Software required to be pre-installed:

Thursday, July 7th
Full-Day Sessions
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Full day workshops break for lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm.

Glass Gilding

John Downer & Leonard Otillio

Cost: $100 + $50 materials fee*

Maximum Participants: 16

At TypeCon in Minneapolis, and again at TypeCon in San Francisco, Leonard Otillio and John Downer teamed up to demonstrate expert glass gilding, a skill long considered to be the most exacting in the sign painting trade. This year in New Orleans (home town of Leonard) they will lead a day-long class in which the participants will be able to try their hands at glass gilding. Each student will be able to work separately on a pane of glass, which will later serve as a personal souvenir and memento.

* Materials fee is higher because we will be using 23 karat gold.

Letterpress Maze Book

Angela Driscoll — Loyola University, New Orleans

Cost: $100 + $15 materials fee

Maximum Participants: 10

This workshop is an introduction to letterpress. We will be working from the Loyola University type collection. A small writing exercise will get us started with text for a folded book. The entire process from using a composing stick, hand-setting lead type, locking up the press bed, and printing will be covered. This is a hands-on workshop with full participation in the process. Each participant will take home a copy of the collaborative letterpress maze book made from the day’s efforts.

Prior letterpress experience is not required.

Fontographer Basics

Jim Gallagher — FontLab

Cost: $100

Maximum Participants: 20

Presentation and hands-on-tutelage of the basic features of Fontographer. Students will create their first font file while exploring the eccentricities of typography and the creation of elegant character shapes.

Requirements: Workshop attendees must bring their own laptops.

Software required to be pre-installed:

  • Demo or full version of Fontographer 5.1
    Download (Limited Demo Version)

How To Be A Friend

Erik Marinovich & Aaron Carámbula — Friends of Type

Cost: $100 + $10 materials fee

Maximum Participants: 15

We will facilitate the spontaneous, experimental, nerdy, and absurd process of creating a post typical of their blog, Friends of Type. Participants will visualize words, phrases, or lyrics using tools and techniques they are unfamiliar with. We will guide, encourage, demonstrate, and challenge towards each individual’s goals, according to their skills. After sketching and a crit, one idea per person will be chosen to refine by hand or in the computer. In the end everyone will have a Friends of Type-esque piece. After a group review we will celebrate by uploading and sharing the work with the world.

Requirements: Workshop attendees must bring their own laptops.

Software required to be pre-installed:

  • Adobe Illustrator
    Download (30 Day Free Trial)
  • Adobe Photoshop
    Download (30 Day Free Trial)

Thursday, July 7th
Half-Day Sessions: Morning
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pen/Dance

Mary Hart — Middlesex Community College

Cost: $50 + $10 materials fee

Maximum Participants: 12

Cut loose with rhythmic letterforms. Pick up a matchstick or a feather and write. The emphasis here is on exploration and experimentation. And writing pages of letters. Big pages. We will work with a variety of fluid inks and “pens” and will definitely get inky fingers. Doing things differently leads to discovering, so a variety of creative stimuli, such as new tools, music and posture will be introduced to the writing process. We don’t know where this is going, but it will be fun.

Thursday, July 7th
Half-Day Sessions: Afternoon
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Swingin’ Brush Letters

Mary Hart — Middlesex Community College

Cost: $50 + $10 materials fee

Maximum Participants: 12

While rigid pens are the traditional tools of Western calligraphy, don’t let the rest of the writing world have all the fun. If you’ve ever drooled over luscious Chinese calligraphy, don’t fret; in the heyday of showcard lettering, brushes brought heft and swing to Roman and Script letterforms, and some of the coolest fonts out there today came from a brush. This hands-on workshop will introduce lettering with two types of brushes, pointed and flat. Basic techniques will be taught; we will work with ink on paper and start out with simple forms. There will be time to practice, look at beautiful examples and discuss!