Revival Type Workshop at Southland Institute

  • Event
  • Los Angeles

Designer Jaimey Shapey will be holding a workshop about reviving type in Los Angeles. Participants receive an extended trial license and can purchase their own full license at a discount.

Revival type has named itself in the cultural zeitgeist of today. Clifton, Founders Grotesk, Maelstrom, GT Eesti, are just a few examples of popular faces, all a form of revival, remix,or anthology. Just because a typeface was designed in the 18th century doesn't mean it doesn't have a workable place in the 21st century. It can, but it is up to the designer to justify its place as no longer a historical artifact, and as a living piece of design. A work that has a rich historical ancestry, but with the ability to stand up to new formats and technology, is a whole and developed idea.

‘Then, This’: Revival Type in the Contemporary Era


Saturday, January 25, and Sunday, January 26,
1-4 pm


Jaimey Shapey



How much?

sliding scale $40-$100


Workshop attendees will need to bring their own Apple computer with a Glyphs license, as most type design softwares don't support a PC interface. Specimens/various texts will be provided and attendees will be able to choose one, or are allowed to bring their own if they already have one in mind.


Sign up for ‘Then, This’


Workshop entry on the Southland Events Page

The objective of the workshop is to explore the concept of typographic revivals as they exist in a digital and contemporary context. Using old specimens/books (provided), attendees will be walked through the decision making process when doing a revival. Picking a typeface sample from an old text, they will be required to draw/revive an 8+ letter word containing an n or an o, as these are the control characters type designers start with.

Questions to be examined include:

  • How does a designer translate printed material to a digital format?
  • What defines a revival, who has proposed definitions for revivals?
  • Why is a revival different from a facsimile?
  • Who owns a revival?

Additionally, the workshop will cover beginning technical aspects of the Glyphs software, including:

  • Setting up documents and file organization.
  • Drawing paths (with basic interpolation in mind).
  • Compositing (diacritics or ligatures).
  • Global spacing.
  • OpenType features.

By the end of the workshop, attendees will have a basic understanding of:

  • Typographic drawing principles.
  • What it means to ‘revive’ a typeface.
  • The differing features between type made in the digital era vs. a pre-digital era.
  • Glyphs user knowledge.
  • Where to start when beginning a type design based project, whether that be a wordmark, logotype, or full typeface.