TypeCon2013 will once again offer unique design and typography workshops outside of the main conference program.

All pre-conference workshops will be held at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and the Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC).

Transportation between workshops and the conference hotel will be provided.

This information is subject to change.

Wednesday, August 21st
Full-Day Sessions
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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

Brush Roman Majuscules (Day 1)

John Downer & Paul Herrera

Cost: $200 (Two Day Workshop)
Maximum Participants: 24
Location: Pacific Northwest College of Art

This is a two day workshop. Participants must be prepared to attend both days.

This course is being taught by two Iowans who have had vast experience in the lettering profession, especially with a brush. John Downer and Paul Herrera will provide instruction on the proportions of Imperial Roman Majuscules, and show how the letters are formed with a flat, one-stroke, lettering brush. Each participant will receive valuable pointers on paint control, proper technique, stroke sequences, and various essential aspects of brush manipulation. Regular demonstrations will also be given.

Nontoxic, water-soluble tempera paint will be used. Materials will be included in the cost of the workshop.

Illustrated Words: Adventures in Hand-Lettering

Agnes Barton-Sabo

Cost: $100
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: Pacific Northwest College of Art

This workshop is a chance to energize your creativity and curiosity about hand-drawn letters, and is suitable for artists, designers, and wordsmiths of all kinds. Our discussions will examine the intersection of visual and verbal communication, and take a look at lettering specimens from design and fine art, as well as samples from everyday life. Hands-on activities will have the group transform letters in celebration of juicy Portland-specific sources of inspiration, such as coffee and food carts. Participants will hone their storytelling skills and unleash hand-lettered awesomeness on some autobiographical monograms and one-of-a-kind greeting cards to take home with them.

Indic Type Design:
An Approach Towards Gujarati Display Typography

Kalapi Gajjar-Bordawekar

Cost: $100
Maximum Participants: 18
Location: Pacific Northwest College of Art

In this full-day workshop, participants will engage, hands-on, with designing display letterforms for the Gujarati script used to write the Gujarati language spoken by more than 55 million people worldwide. Each participant will create a handful of glyphs in a distinctive style of their choice to collectively produce a basic Unicode character set. The final outcome of this project will be decided at the end of the workshop with the possibility of publishing it as an open-source, experimental typeface.

The intention of this workshop is to offer a unique design approach to non-native speakers of the language and to build from a wide range of reference material which will be provided during the introductory sessions. Through this exercise, participants will discover and reflect upon the challenges involved in producing typefaces (and especially display typefaces) for complex script systems.

All participants will be provided with basic drawing materials (paper, pencils and markers) and are required to have basic knowledge of font drawing/editing software. Participants are also required to carry their laptops pre-installed with the font editing software of their choice.

Letterpress Print Workshop:
Investigating Bodoni in Text & Image

Barbara Tetenbaum & Tricia Treacy

Cost: $100
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: Oregon College of Art and Craft

Honoring the 200-year anniversary of the death of Giambattista Bodoni, this all-day workshop will lead participants in a hands-on investigation of the wide and sometimes surprising variations of this typeface. Using OCAC’s letterpress studio, participants will hand-set and print metal type for a small exchange project which will also include using a non-traditional image making technique called ‘pressure printing’. Working with pressure printing, a low-relief process, allows us to work on a larger scale, investigating the details of these letterforms. Participants will take away a copy of the complete project.

Type Design with Glyphs.app

Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer

Cost: $100
Maximum Participants: 10
Location: Pacific Northwest College of Art

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. Attendees can purchase Glyphs at a discount price. No type design experience required.

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

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • The latest version of Glyphs.app
    Download (30 Day Free Trial)

Understanding Scripts

Paul Shaw

Cost: $100
Maximum Participants: 18
Location: Pacific Northwest College of Art

This workshop is an introduction to the making of the three basic categories of scripts: italic, roundhand and brush. It will help designers learn how different tools influence the form of letters, their distribution of thicks and thins, the presence and position of joins, the creation of ligatures, and the types of swashes and flourishes. Calligraphy will be linked to typefaces such as Poetica, Zapfino, Bickham Script, and Studio Sable.

Wednesday, August 21st
Half-Day Session: Morning
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Back to the Drawing Board:
Exploring Letterforms by Hand

Jim Wasco & Laura Worthington

Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: Pacific Northwest College of Art

Forget the technological side of type design and return to the physical element of hand lettering. Discover or revisit lettering techniques like drawing, brush, broad-pen or crow-quill, chalk, and ink. Free your hand and mind to explore lettering in an unstructured environment. A variety of papers, pens, brushes, and other writing implements will be provided in an inspiring environment. A rich assortment of examples will be shown to suggest directions for exploration. Bring your creativity and let loose your impulses!

Wednesday, August 21st
Half-Day Sessions: Afternoon
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Tickling Béziers: Crafting Vector Lettering & Type

Neil Summerour

Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 19
Location: Pacific Northwest College of Art

In depth discussion, techniques, and workflows to produce infinitely clean and flexible vector digital type and lettering. Focus will be on efficient digitizing workflows and tips to optimize letterforms. How many points is enough, where to put them and how to tickle your béziers to get what you want out of them. Knowing when to say ‘no’, what may be extreme, and how to coerce letterforms to achieve the desired results. Workshop will be taught entirely digitally … attendees can choose to use any of the font development applications, Adobe Illustrator, or a combination of both.

Requirements: Workshop attendees must bring their own laptops a font development application (such as Glyphs.app, RoboFont, Fontographer, or FontLab) or Adobe Illustrator pre-installed.

Thursday, August 22nd
Full-Day Sessions
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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

Brush Roman Majuscules (Day 2)

John Downer & Paul Herrera

Cost: $200 (Two Day Workshop)
Maximum Participants: 24
Location: Pacific Northwest College of Art

This is a two day workshop. Participants must be prepared to attend both days.

This course is being taught by two Iowans who have had vast experience in the lettering profession, especially with a brush. John Downer and Paul Herrera will provide instruction on the proportions of Imperial Roman Majuscules, and show how the letters are formed with a flat, one-stroke, lettering brush. Each participant will receive valuable pointers on paint control, proper technique, stroke sequences, and various essential aspects of brush manipulation. Regular demonstrations will also be given.

Nontoxic, water-soluble tempera paint will be used. Materials will be included in the cost of the workshop.

Going Pro with Glyphs.app

Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer

Cost: $100
Maximum Participants: 10
Location: Pacific Northwest College of Art

Thinking about switching? In this workshop, you will learn how to port an existing font project into Glyphs and how to take care of hinting, Multiple Master interpolations, OpenType features and webfont production. We will cover workflow differences and try to answer all questions. Bring your fonts! Attendees can purchase Glyphs at a discount price.

Requirements: Workshop attendees should have prior experience in digital type design. They must bring their own laptops with the following pre-installed software.

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • The latest version of Glyphs.app
    Download (30 Day Free Trial)

Type & Death of José Arcadio Buendia

Rafael Díaz Rey

Cost: $100
Maximum Participants: 18
Location: Pacific Northwest College of Art

In Gabriel García Márquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, José Arcadio Buendía escapes from his native Macondo to return years later as a full-grown, heavily-tattooed gypsy. Forever an outsider in his hometown, it’s his death that paints the most accurate description of a small coastal town that could very well be the image of a whole country.

Taking passages from García Márquez novel as a starting point, the workshop aims towards painting in ink and skin, the most accurate description of what it means to be an outsider, a designer, a type nerd, or all of the above.

Requirements: Workshop attendees must bring attitude.

Thursday, August 22nd
Half-Day Sessions: Morning
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Font Marketing for Indie Type Designers & Foundries

MyFonts

Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 25
Location: Pacific Northwest College of Art

This workshop is for micro foundries and independent type designers to help them develop better marketing plans. Key members of the MyFonts’ team will talk about their experience and insights into font marketing, learned from watching foundries experiment with various formulas for promotion in the “marketing playground” that is the MyFonts retail platform. We will discuss how successful foundries have built effective marketing mixes using pricing promos, affiliate schemes, social media and merchandising, drawing on examples both from within MyFonts and from foundries that have remained totally independent. Finally, as MyFonts continues to develop its tools and systems for foundry support, we will discuss suggestions for new features and improvements to the platform.

Hinting is the Design After the Design

Monika Bartels

Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: Pacific Northwest College of Art

Learn from the practical experience of a full-time hinting expert to hint your own fonts effectively. You will be introduced to the main steps of a FontLab based TrueType hinting process for web fonts. We will practice the hinting process, discuss problems, and find answers to your questions.

You will find answers to these questions:

  • Can I do hinting myself?
  • What are the special options for web font hinting?
  • Can I produce ClearType and GreyScale hinting in one font?
  • Is it possible to do hinting with FontLab for Mac?
  • Other questions about hinting you might have

Requirements: Attendees should bring their own Windows laptop, an installed version of FontLab (for Windows), their font (TrueType outlines), and hinting related questions.

Thursday, August 22nd
Half-Day Sessions: Afternoon
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Back to the Drawing Board:
Exploring Letterforms by Hand

Jim Wasco & Laura Worthington

Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: Pacific Northwest College of Art

Forget the technological side of type design and return to the physical element of hand lettering. Discover or revisit lettering techniques like drawing, brush, broad-pen or crow-quill, chalk, and ink. Free your hand and mind to explore lettering in an unstructured environment. A variety of papers, pens, brushes, and other writing implements will be provided in an inspiring environment. A rich assortment of examples will be shown to suggest directions for exploration. Bring your creativity and let loose your impulses!

Font Boot Camp for New Type Designers

Thomas Phinney

Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 18
Location: Pacific Northwest College of Art

If you are a type designer without a lot of formal training, and are looking for detailed feedback on how to improve your existing fonts or do better on your next ones, this is the class for you. You must submit your font files at least a week in advance (two weeks preferred), and Thomas will go critique them with you at Font Boot Camp. Yes, all critiques are done in front of the group, but what is said in Font Boot Camp stays in Font Boot Camp! It is fine to talk about the content of critiques, just not whose fonts they were directed at. Doing open critiques and using actual font files is intended to facilitate maximum learning.