All pre-conference workshops will be held at the University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee with the exception of the full-day letterpress workshops at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.

Transportation between workshops and the conference hotel will be provided.

This information is subject to change.

Wednesday, August 1st
Full-Day Sessions
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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

Letterpress at the Hamilton

Bill Moran & Jim Moran

Cost: $150
Maximum Participants: 24
Location: Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, Two Rivers

Two simultaneous workshops will provide attendees with the opportunity to experience letterpress printing in the Hamilton’s 4000 sq. ft. printing studio. Attendees will use Show Card and Vandercook printing presses, plus selected type and printing plates from our collection. In another part of the museum, we will also offer a letterform cutting workshop. Participants will work with hand presses to create one-of-a-kind letterforms and prints using thin wood veneer and X-acto knives.

Workshop participants arriving from Milwaukee will be divided into two groups. One group will spend the morning in the pressroom and the other group will be cutting and printing letterforms. Lunch will be provided in the museum. After lunch, the groups will switch workshop sessions. Sessions will be led by Jim and Bill Moran, with help from museum volunteers. The workshops will end at 5:00 pm and attendees will return to Milwaukee.

The cost of this workshop includes round trip transportation from the conference hotel to the Hamilton, lunch (a vegetarian option will be offered), and supplies.

Pencil to Pixel: Analog Techniques and Digital Practices of a Recovering Lettering Addict

Neil Summerour

Cost: $100 + $15 materials fee
Maximum Participants: 20
Location: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

In this day-long workshop, Neil Summerour will share common practices and techniques he uses to both produce unique lettering pieces and digital typefaces — with an emphasis on workflow, decision-making and achieving a balance between the analog and digital world. During the first half of the workshop, participants will dive head first into the not-so-seedy world of lettering arts and get hands-on instruction with developing and visualizing your concept through traditional pre-sketches, choice of media and medium and how to finalize through either analog or digital means. This could lead the participant to play with graphite, ink, sumi brushes, nibbed pens or even lipstick, yep, lipstick. Collective class and one-on-one critiques will yield final directions and an executed piece will develop during the second half of the workshop utilizing techniques of your choosing — wet, dry, nib or mouse (not wet mice, though) … the choice is yours. Classwork will be featured during live-tweeting and on the Positype website.

Requirements: Workshop attendees must bring their own laptops with the following pre-installed software.

  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 or later
    Download (30 Day Free Trial)
  • Adobe Illustrator CS5 or later
    Download (30 Day Free Trial)

Having Fun with Blackletter II

Vince Mitchell

Cost: $100 + $5 materials fee
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Vince Mitchell of Mystic Blue Signs presents a full-day, hands-on Blackletter (Gothic) workshop concentrating the most on the majuscules (uppercase). In the 2011 edition, the workshop focused mainly on minuscules (lowercase). This year we will do a shorter session on the minuscules in the first half of the day and then proceed to the majuscule before the break. The latter half of the workshop will focus on the majuscules. There will be a brief discussion of Versals and their use in conjunction with the Gothic hand for beginning a document or as ornamentation. The gothic textura quadrata hand will be our guide. Materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their favorite broad-edged calligraphic pens.

Experimental Letterpress

Carey Watters

Cost: $100 + $15 materials fee
Maximum Participants: 12
Location: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

In this workshop we will learn the basics of letterpress printing. We will experiment with color, layering, and imagery using large scale wood type and a variety of antique wood and magnesium cuts (think old school clip art). Everyone will leave the workshop with many prints and a couple of books. We will take our printed paper and turn them into sketchbooks using simple bookbinding techniques. This is an “all hands on deck” workshop! Come prepared to collaborate, conspire, and create!

Make Your Own Font with Glyphs.app

Rainer Erich (Eric) Scheichelbauer

Cost: $100
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

This workshop will get you started with Glyphs — “the font editor for the rest of us”. You will start a professional font project and go through all the steps necessary for producing an OpenType font. No type design experience required. Attendees can purchase Glyphs at a discounted price.

Requirements: Workshop attendees must bring their own laptops with the following pre-installed software.

  • Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later
  • The latest version of Glyphs.app
    Download (30 Day Free Trial)
  • Adobe InDesign CS5 or later
    Download (30 Day Free Trial)

Wednesday, August 1st
Half-Day Sessions: Morning
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Drawing Roman Letters

Yvette Rutledge

Cost: $50 + $5 materials fee
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

A font can be no better than its parent alphabet. Drawing letters forces one to observe them analytically in order to reproduce them. In this hands-on class, we will use pencils to draw Roman capitals, considering how structural variations affect the features of an alphabet or font. Participants will compare weight and shape of strokes and counters, spacing, serifs or their absence, and harmonious interaction of letters as groups.

Primitive Typography

Bethany Armstrong

Cost: $50 + $15 materials fee
Maximum Participants: 20
Location: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

In this workshop, participants will be creating a typeface by only using primitive shapes, circle, square, triangle, dot and line through additive as well as subtractive methods. Each alphabet will be unique, but also conforms to a system the participant devises. Various materials will be explored, as well as a variety of approaches to the systematic creation of the roman alphabet. By the end of the class everyone will have created A–Z and 0–9 and will be encouraged to create a promotional design for their type, using their new typeface.

Wednesday, August 1st
Half-Day Sessions: Afternoon
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Type and Body

Bethany Armstrong & Amie Segal

Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

In this class we will explore the creation of typography by using body as inspiration for form. Through experimental exercises we will create letterforms by using the dynamic body in motion, time and space, through impressions made from fingers, toes, arms and elbows, and through the creation of “handmade” stencils. Size, spacial relationships, and how they relate to the human form will be discussed. Participants are encouraged to work collaboratively. The final works will be in three series: photo-based, cut-paper, and ink on paper.

Requirements: Workshop attendees must bring their own laptops with the following pre-installed software.

  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 or later
    Download (30 Day Free Trial)

Thursday, August 2nd
Full-Day Sessions
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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

Letterpress at the Hamilton

Bill Moran & Jim Moran

Cost: $150
Maximum Participants: 24
Location: Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, Two Rivers

Two simultaneous workshops will provide attendees with the opportunity to experience letterpress printing in the Hamilton’s 4000 sq. ft. printing studio. Attendees will use Show Card and Vandercook printing presses, plus selected type and printing plates from our collection. In another part of the museum, we will also offer a letterform cutting workshop. Participants will work with hand presses to create one-of-a-kind letterforms and prints using thin wood veneer and X-acto knives.

Workshop participants arriving from Milwaukee will be divided into two groups. One group will spend the morning in the pressroom and the other group will be cutting and printing letterforms. Lunch will be provided in the museum. After lunch, the groups will switch workshop sessions. Sessions will be led by Jim and Bill Moran, with help from museum volunteers. The workshops will end at 5:00 pm and attendees will return to Milwaukee.

The cost of this workshop includes round trip transportation from the conference hotel to the Hamilton, lunch (a vegetarian option will be offered), and supplies.

Don’t Dog Ear Your Books:
Letterpress Bookmark Making

N. Adam Beadel

Cost: $100 + $15 materials fee
Maximum Participants: 12
Location: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Utilizing the collection of type and ornaments available at the UW-M letterpress studio, students will type set and print their own 2-color bookmarks. Skills covered will include: letterpress terminology, use of pica and composition sticks, setting up a form, use of California job case, proper printing technique with the Vandercook SP-15, and general discussions of typography as it relates to letterpress.

Switching to Glyphs.app

Rainer Erich (Eric) Scheichelbauer

Cost: $100
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

This workshop is intended for people with prior experience in applications such as FontLab or Fontographer. Topics covered include exporting Fontlab projects into Glyphs, differences in the workflow, how to radically boost your efficiency with Glyphs, and nifty things you can do in Glyphs that you cannot do in any other software. Bring your own fonts! Workshop participants can purchase a full version of Glyphs at a discount price.

Requirements: Workshop attendees must bring their own laptops with the following pre-installed software.

  • Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later
  • The latest version of Glyphs.app
    Download (30 Day Free Trial)
  • The latest version of UnicodeChecker
    Download (Free)
  • Adobe InDesign CS5 or later
    Download (30 Day Free Trial)

Thursday, August 2nd
Half-Day Sessions: Morning
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Using Adobe InDesign to Create Beautiful Typography

James Fritz

Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

With the rapid release of software and technology many find themselves unaware of advances in type manipulation and design. In this session, you’ll learn practical tips for achieving consistently beautiful typography. We’ll cover topics such as selecting and manipulating typefaces, the anatomy of type, the proper use of white space and break characters, using special glyphs and ligatures, using the story editor, every type of style that you can imagine, plus tips and much more.

Requirements: Workshop attendees must bring their own laptops with the following pre-installed software.

  • Adobe InDesign CS5 or later
    Download (30 Day Free Trial)

Web Typography Now!

Jason Cranford Teague

Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 20
Location: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Typography on the web has undergone a Renaissance in the last few years with the advance of web fonts, allowing you — at least in theory — to choose from any font you could use in print. Web typography expert Jason Cranford Teague will lead you through recent advances in technology, helping you apply your own design skills to the medium. He starts with a quick review of the basics, and then goes into how to choose the best fonts for screen display, helping you understand the new web font service bureaus that simplify the process of finding and deploying fonts.

Requirements: Workshop attendees must bring their own laptops with the following pre-installed software.

Type and the Identity of Public Transportation

Rafael Díaz & Ketty Miranda

Cost: $50 + $10 materials fee
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Public transportation is a vital part of a city’s imagery. And the bus has for a long time been the best example of this; especially in Latin America where other forms of mass transit like subways and elevated trains are rare. Workshop attendees will get a sense of how buses look in Colombia. Of how each route has its own identity and how the driver has a say in how his bus looks. The result will be scaled paper toy bus reflecting a city in its places, names, imagery and visual identity through a borrowed aesthetic.