Add a professional level of finish to your next typeface.
A great idea isn’t enough. A typeface also needs to be well-executed to knock it out of the park. That’s what Latin One is all about — execution, craft, mechanics.
We’ll start by discussing a typical type design workflow and then head into our core topics: spacing, drawing with Béziers, managing local contrast, making optical corrections, and working in a font editor. We’ll touch on these topics multiple times, so we consistently deepen and reinforce our understanding of these key elements.
At the same time, you’ll put this new knowledge into practice by applying it to a typeface of your own. Feedback sessions and font file reviews take this course from purely theoretical to fully practical.
During feedback sessions (one group and one 1:1), you’ll receive concrete advice on how to improve your typeface. A sampling of student’s font files will also be reviewed so we can highlight and fix common errors in the files — whether it’s a missing point, a problem with overshoots, or a letter whose spacing needs improvement.
No matter where you are in the type design process, we’ll help you give your great idea a professional finish.
Nov 7 / Course and project introduction, lecture: display vs. text type
Nov 9 / Lecture: type design work flow, intro to spacing and proofing
Nov 14 / Review of students’ font files, core topics
Nov 16 / Lecture: setting up your font file, basic OT features, vertical metrics, etc.
Nov 21 / Group feedback session
Nov 23 / No class, Thanksgiving in the US
Nov 28 / Review of students’ font files, core topics
Nov 30 / Lecture: typical optical adjustments
Dec 5 / Review of students’ font files, core topics
Dec 7 / Guest lecture with Maria Montes
Dec 11—15 / Individual feedback session (optional)
No formal class this week
The schedule is subject to modifications.
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.
All Practica courses are offered on a sliding scale, which can reduce the amount of tuition a student pays.
We’re also offering one full tuition waiver for this course but the deadline to apply has passed. The recipient will be notified on or before November 1, 2023 by email and must accept their spot by the end of the day on November 3, 2023. The scholarship recipient will have the option to continue on to the upcoming edition of Latin Two, once again under a full tuition waiver.
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