ISType 2017

  • Event
  • 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


Laurence Penney
Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer
Georg Seifert


SALT Galata

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 Workshop participants are eligible for a discount on the full app license.



All info on the workshop page

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.