Typographics – TypeLab

TypeLab

sponsored by
Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography

The TypeLab at Typographics 2017 will host a series of hands-on work­shops, demos, inter­views, and experiments, June 15–18.

Keeping with its alternative roots, the TypeLab is a space for informal events to complement the main schedule of the Typographics conference – like a multi-day typographic hackathon.

TypeLab’s schedule is curated by Petr van Blokland and will constantly evolve until the final event has ended, allowing for spontaneous alterations and additions as space and time allow. The schedule shown below is the current status of what is expected to happen but is subject to change at any time without notice. Other lectures and events may be added. Check on this page for updates and follow TypographicsNYC on Twitter for related announcements.

  • Thursday, June 15: Typeday

    11:30am–12:00pm
    Ben Kiel, Jesse Ragan: XYZ Type
    12:00–1:00pm ...
    1:00–5:00pm Portfolio Reviews (type, typography or graphic design)

    For students and recent graduates. You want to apply for graduate school, an internship, a job or start your own studio?
    Tips and tricks from “the old guys & gals”. If you feel like it, you can let us know in advance your special requests of topic and people. If not, there’s many people around to talk with.

    1:00–1:30pm
    Frank Martinez: Intellectual Property
    1:30–2:00pm
    Jean-Baptiste Levée: Designing text typefaces for screen
    2:00–2:30pm
    David Jonathan Ross: Fit & other projects
    2:30–3:00pm
    Gloria Kondrup: Type and the Written Word, the rebirth of the Chapbook
    3:00–5:00pm
    Jean-Baptiste Levée, Petr van Blokland, Riley Cran, and others: Type Critiques

    Or any other design work that you want to show and discuss.

    3:00–3:30pm ...
    3:30–4:00pm ...
    4:00–4:30pm
    Petr van Blokland: Design of TYPETR type

    Some insight in TYPETR, sketching, design, scripting & coding, modeling and experiments. Educating the process.

    4:30–5:00pm ...
    5:00–6:30pm
    Tânia Raposo, Amy Papaelias, Bianca Berning, Indra Kupferschmid: Alphabettes
  • Friday, June 16: Typographyday

    10:00–10:30am ...
    10:30–11:00am ...
    11:00am–12:00pm
    Juliette Cezzar: Career/future advice booth
    11:00–11:30am ...
    11:30am–12:00pm
    Petr van Blokland: PageBot, sneak preview of the workshop

    What would typography (and type design, and graphic design) be like, if scriptable by Python with the quality of InDesign?
    The lecture gives a sneak preview on PageBot, open source library for DrawBotApp. Further introduced in the workshop on June 19-22, some high lights will be shown.

    12:00–3:00pm
    John Downer: Brush Lettering

    [Demo]

    12:00–12:30pm ...
    12:30–1:00pm
    Kate Widdows: Electric Letterland: Building animated neon gifs
    1:00–2:30pm Meet and greet the speakers of Typographics 2017

    The questions you did not dare to ask in the main hall. The after thoughts. Advice & critique. What you do want to know more from them?

    1:00–2:00pm
    Jeffrey Zeldman: Saving the News

    Democracy may die in darkness, but the journalism we deserve is under severe threefold threat from the fake news ecosystem and those who profit by it; advertising’s race to the bottom; and the centralization of content in response to the mobile ecosystem. Can design help save the news? And what role in saving news will be played by the two huge contrary currents in contemporary web and interaction design—homogenization, or “sameness,” and exploration or “difference” (from new layouts to new interaction paradigms)?

    2:00–3:00pm
    Gloria Kondrup, Ty Drake: “Wordism [derogatory resist]”

    A presentation and discussion by Gloria Kondrup (Executive Director, HMCT), and Ty Drake (Designer and Associate Professor at ArtCenter College of Design) examining the increase in the use of derogatory words and lack of communication etiquette in popular culture. Can words be provocative, without being harmful or inflammatory? Can we reclaim our responsibility for the standards that are set by the language — spoken and visual — that we choose for discourse?

    4:00–5:30pm Type Critiques (or any other design work you want to show).
    4:00–5:00pm
    Juan Villanueva: Typographic “Life Drawing”

    [Demo]

    4:00–4:30pm
    Jon Grizzle: Scripting for InDesign for beginners
    4:00–4:30pm
    Aleksandra Samulenkova, Petr van Blokland: Design of Bitcount Cyrillic

    [Demo]

    4:30–5:00pm
    Aleksandra Samulenkova: Diacritics
    4:30–5:00pm
    Spencer Charles, Kelly Thorn: Workshop
    5:00–5:30pm Find Your Voice Through Letterforms: Stories from TypeThursday

    TypeThursday is the meeting place for people who love letterforms. Karolina Lach Aaron Sage and Anselm Dästner are attendees of TypeThursday. They all cultivated a unique voice with letterforms. 
    TypeThursday invites you to a conversation with these three attendees on how to discover your unique aesthetic through practice, discussion, and development. You will leave this conversation inspired to develop your voice through letterforms.

    5:30–6:00pm
    Kelcey Towell: Lettermaker Stencil
  • Saturday, June 17: Toolday

    10:00–10:30am ...
    10:30–11:00am ...
    11:00am–3:00pm
    John Downer: Brush Lettering

    [Demo]

    11:00–11:30am
    Lynne Yun: Flourishes
    11:30am–12:00pm ...
    12:00–12:30pm
    Erik van Blokland: Super and Inter
    12:00–12:30pm
    Ethan Cohen: Blackletter Calligraphy

    In this demo/mini-workshop we will cover the basic principles of gothic (a.k.a. “blackletter”) calligraphy, differences between the various blackletter hands, methods for learning and practicing blackletter, and how writing tools can (and often must) be manipulated to suit the needs of blackletter.

    12:30pm
    Petr van Blokland, Just van Rossum: Variable Fonts UI

    In Variable Fonts, 1, 2 and 3 axes can be intuitively represented by line, plane and cube. Such a spacial representation is already beyond the common simplified metaphor of sliders, one for each axis.
    But what is the designer UI for fonts with 4, 5, 10 or even 50 axes? How will users ever be able to walk through this n-dimensional space.
    New method of selection and visualization are needed. The lecture gives an overview on sketches and prototypes.

    1:00–3:00pm Meet and greet the speakers of Typographics 2017

    The questions you did not dare to ask in the main hall. The after thoughts. Advice & critique. What you do want to know more from them?

    1:00–1:30pm
    Thomas Phinney: FontLab
    1:30–2:00pm
    Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer, Georg Seifert: Glyphs
    2:00–2:30pm
    Frederik Berlaen: RoboFont
    2:30–3:00pm
    Dave Crossland: Free font editors:  FontForge TruFont,  Metapolator
    3:00–5:30pm All tool demos in TypeLab, no lectures

     

    3:00–5:00pm
    Thomas Phinney: FontLab

    Demo sessions.

    3:00–5:00pm
    Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer, Georg Seifert: Glyphs

    Demo sessions.

    3:00–5:00pm
    Frederik Berlaen: RoboFont

    Demo sessions.

    3:00–5:00pm Writing & calligraphy

    Demo sessions.

    3:00–3:30pm
    Frank Grießhammer: Proofing

    Demo sessions.

    4:00–5:30pm Independent plugins

    Demo sessions.

    4:00–5:00pm
    Just van Rossum, Petr van Blokland: PageBot & DrawBot

    Demo sessions.

    4:00–5:00pm
    Jill Pichotta: TypeNetwork QA

    Demo sessions.

  • Sunday, June 18: Gameday

    10:00–11:00am
    Petr van Blokland: Design Game Startup

    If more than 60 show up, the first will be submitted.
    If you signed up, make sure to be there on time.
    If less than 25 people show up, the game won’t run.

    Bring your physical drawing tools, you are designers in this game.

    11:00am–3:00pm
    Petr van Blokland: The Design Game

    Playtime: 4 rounds.

    3:00–3:30pm
    Petr van Blokland: Design Game Wrapping up

    Identifying the winning teams.

    3:30–4:00pm
    Petr van Blokland: In retrospection: From Simulation via Design Theory to Algorithms

    What you carry home.

Schedule specifics are subject to change. For updates and announce­ments, join the Typographics mailing list and follow @TypographicsNYC on Twitter.

The 2017 TypeLab typeface is Bitcount from TYPETR.

Registration is now open for the main Typographics conference, with educational and bundle discounts available.

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