Explore the wonders of Devanagari letterforms. From hand-painted signs to modern printed letters, discover the rich typographic tradition of South Asia as expressed through the Devanagari script.
Students begin by learning about the structure and evolution of the script, and then experiment with making their own Devanagari letterforms through prompts and weekly assignments. Individualized feedback helps students improve the quality of their letters, but also develop their own ability to critically analyze Devanagari forms. The final weeks are devoted to understanding what is involved in making a Devanagari typeface — from initial idea, to Béziers, to an overview of the programming involved. By the end of the course, students will have a holistic overview of the Devanagari script and a foundation for creating their own Devanagari typeface.
Sept 8 / Course introduction, lecture: an overview of the script and its evolution
Sept 12 / Feedback session: hand-painted letters|
Sept 15 / Lecture: proportions, terminology, metrics, and the influence of tools
Sept 19 / Feedback session: TypeCooker exercise
Sept 22 / Lecture: the type design process and state of Devanagari type design
Sept 26 / Feedback session: missing letter exercise
Sept 29 / Demo: moving to a font editor
Oct 3 / Feedback session: marks and conjuncts
Oct 6 / Lecture with visiting instructor
Oct 10 / Feedback session: the design brief and an initial word
Oct 13 / Lecture: expanding from idea to typeface and next steps
Lini Thin by Kimya Gandhi
Tuition is on a sliding scale and you decide which tier you pay according to your means. No matter what tier you choose, the course is exactly the same. Fees are stated in US dollars.
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