Why not enhance your TypeCon experience with some inspirational design typography workshops?

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Taking place before the main conference program begins, workshops will be held at Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts and the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The SVC campus is a short 20 minute walk from the conference hotel.

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

This information is subject to change.

Wednesday, August 24th
Full-Day Sessions
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Block Caps with Serifs & Roman Caps Without

Presented by: John Downer & Paul Herrera
Cost: $200 (Two Day Workshop)
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: School of Visual Concepts

Paul Herrera and John Downer will again team up to teach brush lettering for two consecutive full-day classes. A flat lettering brush will be used to apply water soluble paint. Brush control will be practiced, and guidance will be provided for proper letter construction, with an emphasis on stroke sequence, and stroke direction. Letterform proportions will also be discussed.

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

Python 101 for Type Designers

Presented by: Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer
Cost: $100
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: School of Visual Concepts

Learning Python is easier than you think. Python plays a significant role in the realm of type technology, and Glyphs allows you to easily automate tasks with it. If you have found yourself doing the same thing over many times, and you don’t feel like wasting your time again, then this workshop may be just for you.

The instructor will introduce you to basic coding concepts, and show you how to apply them in Glyphs. We will write scripts that spot, report, and fix problems in your font.

Wine & Whiskey … Rescripted

Presented by: Neil Summerour & Emily Conners
Cost: $100
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: School of Visual Concepts

Have you ever wanted to design the lettering for a whiskey or wine label? Well now’s your chance. Come explore the nuances that various script lettering styles can have on a bottle, the same way subtle notes in a sip of wine can either make it enjoyable or sour the experience.

Join Neil Summerour (Positype) and Emily Conners (Emily Lime Design) in a laid-back script PENCIL lettering workshop that focuses on technique and proper decision making for script lettering compositions. Explore exaggerated roundhands, formal and casual cursives, or even a retro brush script… from form to flourish. The decision is yours.

Technique and real-project presentations, demonstrations, one-on-one instruction, and critiques will help you see the letterforms you create in a new way. Reference materials from a wide range of sources will be present to work from — we’re even bringing the wine (bottles). So, pick up your favorite No.2 (and maybe a glass) and dive in.

Materials will be provided but if you honestly have a favorite pencil (mechanical or otherwise), bring it!

Type Under Pressure

Presented by: Jenny Wilkson & Kate Fernandez
Cost: $100
Maximum Participants: 12
Location: School of Visual Concepts

Whether you’re new to letterpress printing or know the lay of a type case like the back of your hand, you’ll enjoy playing with SVC’s collection of wood type and imagery, experimenting both on and off press with the serendipitous effects of hand-inking and overprinting as you crank out as many original typographic compositions as possible.

Arabic–Latin Logo Matchmaking

Presented by: Azza Alameddine
Cost: $100
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: School of Visual Concepts

Methodology: In order to get familiar with the script, participants will be introduced to the differences between the six traditional Arabic calligraphic styles and the context in which they are most commonly used today.

Afterwards, participants will be asked to choose a Latin logo from a list provided and associate the most convenient calligraphic style to its Arabic counterpart, based on the positioning of the brand and its target group.

Once the style is set, they will copy the transliterated word using traditional calligraphic letters that they will have on a reference sheet. Then, they will make the modifications in order to match the Latin more, whether by reducing or exaggerating the calligraphic feel or by changing the weight, width or contrast.

This workshop will bring awareness about how to translate Latin features into Arabic in smarter ways that just copying. The theoretical part will take around an hour then we will dedicate the rest of the day to the practical part.

Wednesday, August 24th
Half-Day Sessions: Morning
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

TruFont Extensions

Presented by: Adrien Tétar
Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 12
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel

TruFont is a cross-platform font editor written in Python and geared towards easy extensibility and interoperability with third-party apps, as has been the ambition of the UFO (Unified Font Object) ecosystem, which it builds upon.

Attendees will experience how to create TruFont extensions tailored to one’s particular workflow, with interactive guidance by the app’s lead developer. Going over several practical examples, we will see how to automate tasks by making use of the RoboFab-like scripting model and we will build graphical interface elements using Qt that extend the software’s capabilities.

Wednesday, August 24th
Half-Day Sessions: Afternoon
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Hand Lettering with Traditional Pens

Presented by: Randall M. Hasson
Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: School of Visual Concepts

This session will introduce letter designers to the various pens used to create letters in both calligraphic and commercial lettering styles. This hands-on session will begin with a context for historical hand lettering: the tools and traditions of calligraphy will be discussed, leading to the modifications in lettering pens of the early 1900s that led to the invention of commercial lettering tools like the Speedball pen. Participants will experiment with a variety of these tools to make marks for lettering, and will discuss their application to letterforms both commercially and artistically.

FontLab VI for FontLab Studio 5 Users

Presented by: Thomas Phinney
Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 12
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel

Learn what is new in FontLab VI, what is different, how your workflow can speed up with the new tools, and avoid that “who moved my cheese?” feeling with this half-day workshop.

  • How Shapes are better Components
  • Rapid tool vs Pen tool: why use Rapid?
  • What is replacing multiple masters and how is it more flexible?
  • Improvements in class kerning
  • How to use Power Nudge, Power Guides, Smart Corners, Tunni Lines, and other new editing tools
  • Other workflow changes

Thursday, August 25th
Full-Day Sessions
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Block Caps with Serifs & Roman Caps Without

Presented by: John Downer & Paul Herrera
Cost: $200 (Two Day Workshop)
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: School of Visual Concepts

Paul Herrera and John Downer will again team up to teach brush lettering for two consecutive full-day classes. A flat lettering brush will be used to apply water soluble paint. Brush control will be practiced, and guidance will be provided for proper letter construction, with an emphasis on stroke sequence, and stroke direction. Letterform proportions will also be discussed.

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

Brush Lettering

Presented by: Laura Worthington & Debi Sementelli
Cost: $100
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: School of Visual Concepts

Learn the basics and beyond in this brush lettering workshop. We’ll start with the essentials, from tools and materials to brush manipulation and handling, creating core letterforms and structures, adding flourishes, refining your lettering and finally, putting it all together in one or more completed words for your portfolio. Learn from experienced lettering artists and script typeface designers. Previous experience in hand lettering isn’t necessary, and all supplies will be provided.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn how to use a brush to create letters and understand the brush lettering process
  • Understand the structure and ductus of cursive script forms
  • Explore a variety of lettering methods and styles

Textile Text

Presented by: Agnes Barton-Sabo
Cost: $100
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: School of Visual Concepts

Step away from the computer and put down your pens! When I say hand-lettering this time, I mean REALLY handsy. You’ll need both hands. How does your penmanship on paper translate to letters on linen? Let’s trade in our writing implements for a needle and thread and spend a day creating tangible, touchable letterforms. We’ll look at art and design specimens which use lettering on textiles and touch on basic skills for embroidery and applique. A variety of tools and techniques will help you explore your favorite aspects of type and letters in this medium, whether you prefer grids and straight lines or a more freehand approach. Participants will have the chance to experiment with different materials and start stitching their own sample creations. No sewing experience necessary! Complimentary bandages provided.

Engraving Ornamental Wood Type & Printing on the Iron Handpress

Presented by: Carl Montford & Juliet Shen
Cost: $100
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: School of Visual Concepts

During this full-day workshop, you will learn to engrave an ornamented letter on a wood block, using end-grain maple that can hold fine detail in the style of Thomas Bewick, the 18th century master. You may create an original letter or utilize an image from design resources provided. Several methods of transferring your design to the block prior to engraving will be demonstrated. Engraving tools are loaned by the instructor, and the type-high maple is generously provided by the Hamilton Museum of Wood Type & Printing. Participants will print a keepsake broadside of their ornamented letters on a Washington-style Reliance handpress, ca. 1895. All are welcome and no previous experience is required.

Thursday, August 25th
Half-Day Sessions: Morning
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Making Icons & Icon Fonts at Microsoft

Presented by: Si Daniels
Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 12
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel

Learn how we made the icon fonts for the Windows 10 wave of Microsoft products. In this workshop you’ll get the low down on the tools, process and philosophy behind this work and get to draw some icons in the Windows 10 style and take them away as a TrueType font.

Developer Q & A for Type Designers

Presented by: Georg Seifert
Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: School of Visual Concepts

Type designers using Glyphs! In this personal and exclusive feedback and Q & A session with the developer of Glyphs, Georg Seifert, you can discuss problems you encountered, or ideas you have for improving the software. Either Georg will show a solution for your problem, fix that annoying bug, or add that much-coveted feature, perhaps even right away. Don’t miss this chance, and book early: seating is limited.

Thursday, August 25th
Half-Day Sessions: Afternoon
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Hinting & Fine Tuning Autohinting for Great Looking Webfonts

Presented by: Michael Duggan
Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: School of Visual Concepts

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. The workshop will also cover fine tuning the hinting produced by the New Visual TrueType Autohinter. (VTT 6.10) 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.

Letterpress Typographic Treasures Tour

Presented by: Laura Bentley
Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 12
Location: School of Visual Concepts

Join letterpress printer Laura Bentley for a historical tour of the metal type collection at the School of Visual Concepts’ letterpress studio. With type from the 1870s up through present day, we’ll discover the oldest, rarest, and most eccentric metal typefaces in the school’s collection. Together, we’ll uncover unique alternate characters, ligatures, catchwords, and streamers fonts from the age of printing with metal. We will examine the fonts, see historical examples of their use, and hear the stories of the people who created them.

Take Care of Your EULA and Your EULA Will Take Care of You

Presented by: Joyce Ketterer
Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 12
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel

Many foundries have a love hate relationship to their End User License Agreement (EULA) – it costs a lot to write and maintain and it can be hard to see what value it brings. Using real world examples, I will persuade you that the EULA is a tool that is worth your trouble because (not despite) of the fact that almost no one reads it. Together we will read and analyze a selection of type foundry EULAs. As we read I will share insights one can only gain from field testing specific EULA clauses and help you to begin thinking about your EULA from the prospective of the user.