This intensive three-day workshop led by Stuart Sandler and Dathan Boardman of the world–renowned retro type foundry, Font Diner and co-founders of Font Seed, is perfect for designers and letterpress lovers alike who want to learn how to make their very first digital font!
Participants receive an extended trial license and can purchase their own full license at a discount.
Letterpress Font Making Workshop
Begins: Friday 8 March (evening)
Ends: Sunday 10 March
This is a three-day workshop with a required Friday night event and participants must be prepared to attend both days and the event.
The workshop starts off with a Friday night letterpress printing party (7-9pm) where you’ll print and photograph your own specimen with wood type from Hamilton's amazing collection to use as your font reference for the workshop.
On Saturday (9am - 5pm) we’ll be totally focused on vector letter tracing/drawing basics using our scanned reference and our goal is to help you complete a set of 26 capital letters by the end of the day. Dinner is on your own and then join us for a fun evening group activity. On Sunday (9am–2pm), we’ll switch gears and spend the day importing your letters, spacing, kerning and generating your first font!
After lunch, you can keep cooking away on your font or enjoy the rest of the afternoon to print your own letterpress souvenir specimen poster from the original source and the day finishes up at 2:00 pm.
You’ll leave with a strong foundation of how to develop your own typefaces and how to expand on the font you’ve created at this workshop to use as you wish!
Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.
1816 10th Street
Space is limited, so reservations and a $125 non-refundable deposit when you sign up are required. The $100 to fulfill the full cost of $225 of the workshop will be due at the beginning of the workshop. (Lunch is available both Saturday and Sunday for $10 per person and includes a beverage.)
Bring your MacBook with Glyphs 2 preinstalled and either Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape. You must be 18 years or older. Bring comfortable shoes and clothes that may get ink on them while you print.