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« Type Design & FontLab 4-​day Workshop

Noted type designers Veronika (“Vik”) Burian and Jose Scaglioné are poised to do a 4-​day type design and FontLab workshop right here in Portland, Oregon, in July. It’s being sponsored by the Portland Type Foundry (Pete McCracken), and hosted by the Pacific Northwest College of the Arts.

Type Design & FontLab 4-day workshop

Type Design & FontLab 4-​day workshop

Note that the poster offers two additional options if you work through Portland Type Foundry (details on the poster) and register through them by Thursday April 28: either get a $100 discount on the whole four-​day event, or if you already have some type design and FontLab experience you can attend just the last two days for an even cheaper rate.

Check out the poster for more details, or go to the PNCA to register if it’s after April 28 and the poster special is over.

Unfortunately, PNCA is understandably nervous about getting enough registration for such a specialized event, and are considering cancelling the seminar if they don’t get at least a dozen people registered by the end of April! So sign up now to guarantee that it actually happens. Maybe we can at least extend the cut-​off until the end of May if it looks close, but no guarantee.

Personally, I’m jazzed to hear that Vik and Jose are coming to town to do this. I’ve been fans of their work for many years, which is why their foundry TypeTogether was among the first I got signed up for the WebINK web fonts service. They are part of a new(er) generation of type designers who have been working with advanced tools and OpenType from very early in their careers.

They also have a particularly international perspective: Vik is based in Prague, Czech Republic, while Jose is in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They met while both working on their MAs in typeface design at the University of Reading in the UK (one of only two such programs in the world). I’ve done a number of guest lectures at the Reading program over the years, and watched as it has turned out a number of outstanding type designers and type tech geeks. Recommended for folks who are really serious about getting into type design, as is the TypeMedia program at the Royal Academy of Art in the The Hague.

BTW, this isn’t the first collaboration between TypeTogether and Portland Type Foundry: Pete McCracken and Vik Burian worked together on a typeface called “Spore” (seen in the poster).

3 commentsto “Type Design & FontLab 4-​day Workshop”

  • April 24, 2011
    Pamela Pfiffner wrote

    Wow. Thomas, always had an interest in designing type. As you know, I know a lot about it and am a appreciator and but no actual type design experience (well, except for Fontastic in the ’80s). Do you think this is too advanced for a novice like me?


  • April 24, 2011
    Thomas Phinney wrote

    Pam, with your background, I would say you are probably exactly at the level this is aimed at. 🙂

  • April 26, 2011
    Pamela Pfiffner wrote


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