TypeCon2014 will once again offer unique design and typography workshops outside of the main conference program.

Pre-conference workshops will be held at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, and the Hyatt Regency Washington.

Transportation between workshops and the conference hotel will be provided.

This information is subject to change.

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

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

Writing Type: Exploring Connections Between Calligraphy and Type

Jim Wasco & Julian Waters

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this workshop is full.

Cost: $100
Maximum Participants: 18
Location: Corcoran College of Art + Design

Type originally grew directly out of the hand and the pen. Join master lettering designer Julian Waters, and type designer Jim Wasco for a full day hand lettering workshop, experiencing styles of calligraphy responsible for molding typeface designs over the centuries. This workshop will provide the fundamentals of lettering and give you that direct connection between hand lettering/calligraphy and type. Whether you are just interested in playing around with letterforms, or an experienced type designer, feel the roots of early type flow through your own fingers.

Waters will cover chisel nib calligraphic styles including modern versions of simple Blackletter (Gutenberg etc. in the north), to Humanist/Roman and Italic (Jenson, Aldus etc. in the south). Wasco will focus on spring steel nib Copperplate Calligraphy, the later pointed pen/engraving period, how that “swelled line” affected Roman forms as well as the sloped ones … and up to contemporary brush scripts.

Express yourself and get your mojo working. Get your hands dirty with pen and ink, and have fun “writing type” with Julian and Jim.

Glyphs.app for the Pros

Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer & Georg Seifert

Cost: $100
Maximum Participants: 15
Location: Corcoran College of Art + Design

Batch-processing, importing VFBs, hinting, using metric keys for spacing, applying custom parameters, and automating tasks through scripting: in this workshop, type design pros can get all their Glyphs.app questions answered. Attendees can purchase a Glyphs.app license at a discount price. Some prior experience in type design or font production required.

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

Devanagari: Simplifying the Complex

Rob Keller & Kimya Gandhi

Cost: $100
Maximum Participants: 18
Location: Corcoran College of Art + Design

Experience India’s beautiful and complex Devanagari script in this full day workshop. Participants will first learn about all about the script’s history through tons of inspiring samples before writing, drawing, and creating lettering of their own. The second half of the day will be all digital, focusing on the technical aspects of Indic type design and how we can simplify the complicated process of creating Devanagari fonts with Glyphs. Prior experience with Glyphs is helpful but not 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)

Wednesday, July 30th
Half-Day Session: Morning
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Technographic Workshop: Digital Fabrication

Ashley John Pigford & Tricia Treacy

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this workshop is full.

Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 11
Location: Corcoran College of Art + Design

Participants will create type-high wood blocks with a CNC router for letterpress printing. Participants may bring EPS files of original glyphs/letterforms that they wish to cut into wood with the CNC router, or create something new in the workshop. We are specifically asking participants to consider the form, as letters inherently are, as a representation of a sound. Non-traditional and abstract glyphs are highly recommended. The workshop will begin with an introduction to the process of creating tool paths for the router from EPS files, paying special attention to the material limitations and opportunities that a CNC router bit offers a designer. Type-high blocks created from this workshop will be used in the next day workshop, “Technographic Workshop: Letterpress printing,” however participants may take the wood glyphs they made home at the end of the conference.

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

Flourishing Rules

Xandra Zamora

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this workshop is full.

Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 18
Location: Corcoran College of Art + Design

Fascinating and fabulous, flourishing it up is here to stay. After learning a few simple rules, we’ll have fun swooping and swelling lines, learning shapes, understanding placement and exercising muscle memory. You’ll go home with a sweet folio of pieces that will thrill you and amaze your friends and family. This workshop is for those of all levels.

Letterpress Poster Sprint & Print

Lauren Emeritz & Laura Kinneberg

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this workshop is full.

Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 12
Location: Pyramid Atlantic Art Center

Quick! What’s your favorite letter? In this whirlwind, hands-on workshop, we’ll spring from the gate, each with one inspirational letterform in mind (ok, or glyph). Then we’ll make a flurry of sketches. Next, X-acto knives all a-blur, we’ll get busy cutting amberlith stencils. Then we’ll dive into the darkroom and make our own photopolymer plates. On the home stretch, we’ll gang the plates up on Boxcar bases, fire up the Vandercooks, and print 2-color posters featuring everyone’s letters. At the end of this madcap session, participants will have: marveled at the wonders of handmade polymer, found out what the heck amberlith is good for, survived 2-color registration, gotten their sweaty mitts on our Vandercooks, and left with an awesome typographic souvenir! Bring your own typographic inspiration, sketchbook, pencil, and will to survive. We’ll supply the rest at Pyramid Atlantic.

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit contemporary arts center working to build communities that give life to printmaking, papermaking, and the book arts.

Thursday, July 31st
Full-Day Sessions
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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

The Expressive Brush

Stephen Rapp & Debi Sementelli

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this workshop is full.

Cost: $100 + $25 Materials Fee
Maximum Participants: 18
Location: Corcoran College of Art + Design

The pointed brush is one of the most elusive writing tools in a calligrapher’s arsenal. Harboring a capacity for a vast array of line quality and style has made this tool a favorite for at least 75 years. This class will introduce you to a few of the most common lettering brushes and different methods of working with them. We will start using a more traditional structured approach to gain better control and proceed to working in a much looser fashion with an emphasis on movement and rhythm. Various styles will be demonstrated throughout.

This class is designed to accommodate participants at any level of experience. All materials will be provided though you may bring your favorite brushes as well.

Hebrew Type Design: Tasting of a Square Script

Liron Lavi Turkenich

Cost: $100
Maximum Participants: 18
Location: Corcoran College of Art + Design

The workshop is intended for anyone who feels intrigued and interested by the Hebrew script. This is an opportunity to receive a good intro for Hebrew type design, with hands-on experimenting and some relevant background. Participants will have the opportunity to discover and experience the unique possibilities of Hebrew type.

Throughout the day, short informative talks will be given, containing references in design context to allow a better understanding of the script. From the characteristics of Hebrew, through historical anecdotes, to a review of contemporary fonts.

After a basic introduction of the Hebrew letters and being exposed to multiple type styles, the participants would start to design few glyphs for text purposes. Later in the day, few extra glyphs would be added – this time in display styles, allowing a more free and experimental approach. The two sets of sample glyphs would be visually related and serve as a prototype for a type family, giving a base for the design of a Hebrew typographic poster. And who knows? Perhaps this would be a beginning of a new Gufan (font in Hebrew).

A friendly and relaxed atmosphere is guaranteed, with a bonus of secret Israeli recipes.

Thursday, July 31st
Half-Day Sessions: Morning
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Watercolor + Handlettering

Amber Goodvin

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this workshop is full.

Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 18
Location: Corcoran College of Art + Design

Watercolor is a medium that adds instant warmth to handlettering through its textures and subtle gradations. For beginners, the reaction of the brush to the page often brings delightful (and at times, frustrating) surprises. This loss of control is key, as it leads us to discovering things that we never would have arrived at on our own.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to apply watercolor techniques to their own lettering styles, and will be guided through a series of experiments to help them explore the unique qualities of the medium. Final take-away will be three finished pieces (single words or quotes) showcasing the artist’s favorite discoveries.

Between the Letters: The Business of Being an Independent Type Designer

Silas Dilworth, Matthew Butterick & Jackson Cavanaugh

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this workshop is full.

Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 30
Location: Hyatt Regency Washington

A moderated round table discussion on presented topics related to the business of being an independent type designer. Each of twelve topics will be introduced by one of the moderators or an invited guest who will raise pertinent questions and offer real-world insights or solutions. Time will be devoted to open discussion with each topic.

Goals:

  • Review the current reality, responsibilities, and relationships of an independent type designer.
  • Discuss sustainable business practices for independent type designers, focused on both economics and ethics.
  • Share experiences, standards, and practices with other independent type designers.
  • Discuss the changes and challenges facing independent type designers, past and future, and strategies for dealing with them.

Technographic Workshop: Letterpress Printing

Ashley John Pigford & Tricia Treacy

Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 11
Location: Corcoran College of Art + Design

Participants will create original letterpress prints from custom, type-high wood glyphs created on a CNC router in a previous workshop, (and blocks we bring). This is not a ‘printing from wood type’ workshop. We are specifically asking participants to consider the forms they are printing as representations of sound. Abstract, ‘visual music’ types of compositions are highly recommended. The workshop will begin with an introduction to the process of letterpress printing, and follow with hands-on printing. Each participant will take home at least one print.

Thursday, July 31st
Half-Day Sessions: Afternoon
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Pen Dance

Mary Hart

Cost: $50
Maximum Participants: 18
Location: Corcoran College of Art + Design

Make a pen using a soda can and explore the marks it makes! This workshop will get your hands dirty as you experience the visceral pleasures of pushing ink through a pen. We will make our own writing tools, then learn how they work, starting from the simplest marks and working up to letters and words. Freeform letter styles with a lot of expression are the result … your letters will be unique and extraordinary.