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Introduction to Modern Type Design Workshop

June 12 @ 6:00 pm - August 21 @ 9:00 pm

with Kel Troughton

Learn to think systematically about type and make your own font in 10 weeks! (Not in or near San Francisco? See the online version of this workshop.)


During this 10-week in-person workshop (Wednesdays from June 12 through August 21. No class on July 3), you’ll learn what it takes to create your own original typefaces and gain an understanding of the methodologies and software used to produce high-quality digital type.

While focusing on the techniques and best practices for designing and spacing type, Kel will introduce you to the conceptual foundations of type design, including proofing and testing work. Throughout the workshop you’ll learn various lessons about type, history, sketching, and get weekly feedback on your projects.

This workshop is suitable for designers starting to think about type and for designers with some type design experience, hoping to improve upon their skills and processes. Some experience with drawing Bézier curves (in Adobe Illustrator, for instance) and with typography is recommended but not required.

If you are interested in joining Type West, our yearlong certificate program in type design, taking this workshop is a great way to build your type design portfolio for its competitive application process. Additionally, by joining this in-person workshop you’ll have the added advantage of studying at Letterform Archive in San Francisco, with in-person research access to our inspirational collection of type and lettering specimens.

All participants will receive a free temporary license for the Glyphs App. The number of participants is capped at 12 to allow for individual instruction.


Letterform Archive
2325 Third St Floor 4R
San Francisco, CA 94107 United States
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