Typeface Design Course
Apply until January 23rd, 2022, and join the Practica Program — Typeface Design Course in spring 2022 and dig deeper into typeface design: Spend 14 weeks immersed in the world of type design while surrounded by the support of industry professionals and a community of like-minded typophiles. Students begin the course ready to work on a typeface they’ve begun outside of the program. Through a series of lectures, feedback sessions, Q & A sessions, and mini-workshops, they’ll learn how to expand their typeface through the process of interpolation. They’ll also visit some of the finer points of the craft, like refining their drawing and spacing skills, while also discussing the macro issues, like what makes a typeface successful or how it responds to the culture it springs from. Join spring 2022 and dig deeper into typeface design.
Lead Instructors: Nicole Dotin and Sol Matas
Visiting Instructors for the third edition: Cyrus Highsmith (Occupant fonts), Minjoo Ham (Hypertype Type), Thierry Blancpain (Grilli Type), Sara Soskolne (Hoefler & Co), and Aleksandra Samuļenkova
Several topics will be covered in the course. For example, evaluating fonts using objective and subjective standards. You learn to understand the type design palette and to structure multiweight families, and to create new weights and styles by interpolation. At Practica Program you are taught to extend character sets and design diacritics. You’ll also learn to gain control over the Bézier curves of your glyphs and clean up your font files. You get individual feedback on your typeface and also support from lead instructors outside of class. Participants receive an extended trial license and can purchase their own full license at a discount.
February 22nd to June 7th, 2022
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 p.m. (Berlin), 12 p.m. (Chicago)
All sessions are held live via Zoom. For those unable to attend in real time, lectures will be recorded. The feedback sessions, on the other hand, must be attended live in order to benefit fully from them.