Spend fourteen weeks immersed in the world of type design while surrounded by the support of industry professionals and a community of like-minded typophiles. Students begin the course ready to work on a typeface they've begun outside of the program. Through a series of lectures, feedback sessions, Q&A sessions and mini-workshops, they'll learn how to expand their typeface through the process of interpolation. They'll also visit some of the finer points of the craft, like refining their drawing and spacing skills, while also discussing the macro issues, like what makes a typeface successful or how it responds to the culture it springs from. Join us spring 2022 and dig deeper into typeface design.
— 14-week type design course.
— All sessions are live and online.
— Tuition is set on a sliding scale.
— Sessions are held in English.
Participants who do not have a Glyphs license yet receive an extended trial license and can purchase their own full license at a discount.
Practica Program 2022
22 February through 7 June 2022,
Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00 p.m. CST (Chicago)
- Evaluating typefaces using objective and subjective standards.
- Discovering how function and use impact design decisions.
- Understanding the type design palette.
- Structuring multiweight families.
- Creating new weights or styles through interpolation.
- Developing a more efficient type design process.
- Expanding character sets and designing diacritics.
- Keeping yourself motivated throughout development.
- Gaining control over your glyphs’ Bézier curves and cleaning up your font files.
- Live classes held over Zoom
- Weekly sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Lectures, feedback sessions, Q&A sessions, and one student-organized session
- Opportunity for lively discussion with visiting professionals
- Ability to watch lectures again (live lectures are recorded)
- Individual feedback on your typeface
- Access to our private Discord community
- Support from lead instructors outside of class
- Participants receive an extended trial license and can purchase their own full license at a discount.
Classes are held twice a week. Tuesdays will be primarily group or one-on-one feedback sessions with a few hands-on workshops in the beginning. Lectures will be held on Thursdays along with three open sessions — two Q&A and one student-organized class.
The Q&A session is a flexible class for students to ask questions or for instructors to give short presentations on topics of interest to students but not covered elsewhere. In the previous editions, we discussed font export tools and strategies, variable fonts, licensing and starting your own foundry, structuring client-driven projects, coding OpenType features, working with reference material and old specimens, and more.
The final Thursday session will be organized by the students with support from the lead instructors. As a group, students will decide the topic for that class and arrange speakers (the last edition chose to have a visiting lecturer discuss italics). A budget will be provided to pay any speaker(s) if needed.
All sessions are held live via Zoom. For those unable to attend in real time, lectures will be recorded. The feedback sessions, on the other hand, must be attended live in order to benefit fully from them. This gives you some flexibility to work the program into your own schedule, but also the opportunity to connect with fellow students.
Lastly, lead instructors will be available to meet with students outside of class for those needing one-on-one support. There are more than fifty-five course hours for the entire program, not including office hours.
Live Zoom sessions
Nicole Dotin, Process Type Foundry
Sol Matas, Hungry Type Society
Cyrus Highsmith, Occupant Fonts
Minjoo Ham, Hypertype Type
Thierry Blancpain, Grilli Type
Sara Soskolne, Hoefler & Co
Some experience with type design expected. Read more.
USD 1950, reduced fees available, and one work study position for a person with demonstrated need
Mac with internet connection and Glyphs 3 preinstalled.