Intensive workshop “Creating a modular typeface“ will be held on April 18-20th at Klaipeda faculty of Vilnius Academy of Arts. Lecturer of the workshop is type designer Viktoriya Grabowska (University of Arts in Poznań and School of Form).“ 

Goal of this workshop is to create a modular typeface. The workshop will be started with a presentation and disscusion on design approaches to modular typefaces. During the workshop participants will be creating lettershapes, looking for a relation between different characters, setting up spacing and observing how mentioned factors influence the rhythm and character of the typeface. Each part will be started with presentation on design approaches and work methodology, then practiced and supported with feedback. The result of the workshop will be a digital font of limited set of characters. The work will be held in Glyphs App.

Technical requirements: Mac with Glyphs App, Adobe Illustrator or another software supporting Bézier curves, wifi connection.

Viktoriya Grabowska is a Ukrainian-born Polish-based independent type designer. She dedicates herself to different projects that range from type design to research. Her typefaces often cover Latin and Cyrillic. She also works internationally with other designers and type foundries such as Cornel Windlin Studio, Lineto, Darden Studio, Studio Norm (Dimitri Bruni & Manuel Krebs), Rosetta Type Foundry and Sorkin Type. Viktoriya teaches type design at the University of Arts in Poznań and School of Form.

Workshop will be held in English but V. Grabovska can also speak Polish, Russian and Ukrainian. 

    Viktoriya Grabowska's portoflio 


10.30 - 11.00   Introduction.
11.00 - 11.30   Presentation of modular typefaces. Introduction to the tasks of the workshop. 
11.30 - 12.30   Sketching first letterforms. 
12.30 -             Discussing the first sketches, picking direction for the further project. Explaining homework (participants will be asked to sketch exact letters).
Afternoon/ evening   Presentation/discussion of first results (open for public). 

10.30 - 11.00   Homework review and explation of further process.
11.00 - 11.30   Drawing.
13.30 - 14.00   Presentation: similarities and relations between the lettershapes, building the rhythm.
14.00 - 14.30   Drawing.
14.30 - 15.00   Introduction to Glyphs application. Homework: further work on lettershapes, watching Glyphs tutorials, transition of lettershapes to Glyphs.

4/20 (FRIDAY)
10.30 - 11.00   Homework review and explanation of further process.
11.00 - 11.30   Solving curves issues and technical problems.
13.30 - 14.00   Presentation: spacing methods.
14.00 - 14.30   Spacing a typeface together in Glyphs.
14.30 - 15.30   Exporting the fonts, applying them to specimens.
15.30 - 16.00   Presentation of results, feedback.