2227 August 2016
Bern, Switzerland

In recent years the demands for typefaces covering multiple world languages and scripts have been rising dramatically. To provide designers with an opportunity to explore these unfamiliar territories, Typeworks conceived a series of type design workshops on a variety of world scripts. The first workshop will be held between August 22 and 27 in Bern, Switzerland and lead by type designer David Březina.

Devanagari Workshop

Monday 22 through Saturday 27 August 2016

The workshop will consist of a mix of lectures, independent work, and feedback sessions. Participants will work on the basic Devanagari letters to form an extension of their own typefaces. They will understand the mechanics of this beautiful, yet challenging syllabic script and their implications for typeface design. Part of the workshop will be dedicated to an overview of a Devanagari font production.

While it is nearly impossible to design a working Devanagari typeface in one week, participants should learn the most difficult bit. That is: how to start, how to appreciate design of an unfamiliar script, how to get oriented, and how to critically approach their process in order to arrive at a sensitive interpretation of a script. Together with an overview of the sheer scope of the Devanagari-script design and all its aspects, it should provide them with a solid foundation to continue independent work and further exploration with this or other scripts.


erlesen – Raum für gedruckte Feinkost
im Progr, Zentrum für Kulturproduktion
Erdgeschoss West
Speichergasse 4
3011 Bern

For Whom?

The workshop is aimed at designers who already have completed some Latin typefaces (basic character set is sufficient).

How Much?

600 CHF for professionals,
300 CHF for students




Bring your own sketchbook, writing tools, and MacBook with a modern font editor such as Glyphs or RoboFont.


Send an e-mail to info@typeworks.ch. Kindly provide your contact information and include an indication of your type design experience – keep it short and sweet. Please attach a brief PDF portfolio or link to your website.