1724 June 2018

During the course, participants will learn how to create modular and variable fonts, how to collect information about certain typefaces, trying to go beyond the traditional methods of calligraphy and finally students will create a 3D design from the modules from which they made their typefaces, namely—a chair.

Participants receive an extended trial license and can purchase their own full license at a discount.

One Week Intensive Type Design Workshop

17 June – 24 June 2018
10:00 am – 10:00 pm

First day: Participants will get the skills to work with typefaces as a system. Designing typefaces using transparent plastic modular rulers. Transferring results into Glyphs (using smart components) and at the end of the day as a result, more or less, — they have their own font.

Second day: Participants are working on the volumetric compositions from Gypsum. For instance, random buildings from small architectural forms. The result is complemented with inscriptions, using typefaces from the first day.

Third day: They choose lettering which they admire the most and use it as a source for creating their own typeface. They start with research, then find some relevant references and working on the missing characters, drawing them in Glyphs, resulting in a Latin alphabet with numerals and punctuation.

Fourth day: Drawing on a wide-format paper with non-standard brushes. Analysis of the texture obtained by using different colours and brushes. Traditional tools are not used. The results gives them the material for filling the book-specimens and posters using the typeface of the third day.

Fifth day: Design of chairs from wooden modules taken from first day.

Sixth day: Development of a variable font in Glyphs. Animated presentations of the finished typeface are executed in Python!

Seventh day: Students collect and present all the results from the whole week in an exhibition.


Campus Rusia
Desna – Burevestnik
Moscow, Russia, 142793


Dima Barbanel, Vlad Kolomeytsev and Nick Nedashkovsky

For Whom?

No prior experience is required in the typeface design, but some experience with Bézier-based vector drawing tools is useful.

How Much?

RUB 28k (EUR 490) without accommodation
RUB 38k (EUR 350) with accommodation




Bring your MacBook with Glyphs 2 preinstalled.