A few months ago, I emailed Thomas Phinney about whether the Crafting Type workshop series would ever come to Ireland. To my surprise (I nearly dropped my phone), he emailed back a few days later t0 say that he was getting in touch with people and…it’s happening!
Hosted by the School of Art, Design & Printing, DIT in association with Typography Ireland
The Crafting Type workshop is Oct 4th to Oct 6th and features the instructors
Thomas is an American/Canadian type designer and typographer. He has been “Guru of Fonts & Typography” for Extensis and their WebINK web font service since 2009, and also does independent consulting and type design. His particular interests include multilingual type design, the business of type, invalidating forged documents through type, font technology, and maximizing font quality.
Thomas’ first released typeface, Hypatia Sans, is an Adobe Original with over 3,000 glyphs in each style that covers Latin, Greek and Cyrillic. Thomas is currently working on a new typeface, Cristoforo, with similarly extensive coverage.
After graduating from the Rochester (NY) Institute of Technology with an MS in Printing, specializing in design and typography, Thomas created a class in font production. He shortly went to work at Adobe (1997-2008, lastly as product manager for Fonts and Typography), when he also acquired an MBA from UC Berkeley. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
Aoife is an Irish typeface designer and letterer, originally from Dublin. She is a graduate of the MA in Typeface Design at the University of Reading (UK, 2010) where she worked on the typeface Magnimo, a quirky family intended to run the gamut from text to display and back. After graduation she hopped across the pond to live in Brooklyn and work as a full-time typeface designer for the globally acclaimed Hoefler & Frere-Jones Type Foundry in New York City.
While at H&FJ, Aoife worked as part of the design team on a number of typeface design projects including the Idlewild family. She recently moved to Akron, Ohio where she continues to work as a freelance typeface designer for H&FJ as well as teaching Graphic Design part-time at Kent State University. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including the inaugural Communication Arts Typography Annual, Page magazine, and a variety of lettering and typography blogs.
She is interested in the expressive potential of type, and the role of typeface design and typography as a cultural and political artefact. She also works as a freelance graphic designer with a focus on custom lettering and identity design.
Dave is an English type designer, best known for creating the Cantarell typeface: a beautiful contemporary Humanist sans serif. Made while studying for over 2 years in the Department of Typography at the University of Reading (UK, 2009), Cantarell was chosen as the brand type for the GNOME desktop. Dave is currently ‘Font Consultant’ to Google Web Fonts and has commissioned hundreds of typefaces from designers around the world.
Dave dreams of a free culture of visual communication, so he decided to free fonts. His Masters thesis related the history of the software freedom movement to the practice of type design.
(if there’s enough participants)
Octavio’s graphic design career began in his home country of Spain, where he worked for several design studios on projects for blue chip clients, including La Caixa Foundation and FC Barcelona. A graduate of the MA Typeface Design programme at the University of Reading (UK, 2010) he has contributed to retail and custom typefaces by France’s premiere foundry Typofonderie and the trendy TypeTogether.
Recognized both at home and internationally, Octavio’s work has been seen in some of the most important publications and magazines in the world. His first published type design Sutturah is available from Rosetta Type in both Cyrillic and Latin; it received the Excellence in Type Design 2012 award from the Type Directors Club.
What Crafting Type Is
Love letters? Crafting Type are concentrated workshops that teach absolute beginners how to create a typeface. You will be ushered through the entire type design process: from sketching secrets to digital drawing techniques to OpenType coding and more.
Our team of professional type designers reveals the secrets to crafting typefaces with an approach to teaching that is hands-on, encouraging, interactive—and fun!
We provide all of the necessary software, plus hundreds of fonts to study and play with. No previous experience of type design is required. We even cover how to earn money with your skills.
What you’ll leave with (in addition to some fond memories) are new typography skills, new tools for drawing type, and the first key letters of your own type design.