911 June 2017
Istanbul, Turkey

At this year’s ISType, Laurence Penney and the Glyphs team will guide you through the creation of a font family as an OpenType Variable Font. And, find a great new Glyphs goody in the tote bag…

Workshop: Glyphs & Variable Fonts

Sunday June 11
10.00 – 16.00

This workshop will introduce you to font family design with multiple masters. We start by sketching and digitising a handful of light letters. In a second step, we will create a bold counterpart for each letter, and start interpolating between the two. You will learn how to create and produce a font family, both as separate font files, and as a variable font.

In the afternoon we’ll start with a background on variable font technology, focussing on the OpenType 1.8 format. You’ll learn how it works at a deep level using developer tools. You’ll try variable fonts (including your own, made with Glyphs) in the interactive Axis-Praxis website, and make a new website that uses multiple instances of one variable font instead of many separate fonts.


SALT Galata


Laurence Penney
Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer
Georg Seifert

For Whom?

Anyone interested in fonts. No prior knowledge of type design necessary.




MacBook with OS X 10.9.5 or later. Make sure the trial version of Glyphs 2 is installed. Download it for free from http://updates.glyphsapp.com/latest2.php. Workshop participants are eligible for a discount on the full app license.