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 Practica 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 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 8 / Course and project introduction, lecture: display vs. text type
Nov 10 / Lecture: type design work flow, intro to spacing and proofing
Nov 15 / Review of students’ font files, core topics
Nov 17 / Lecture: setting up your font file, basic OT features, vertical metrics, etc.
Nov 22 / Group feedback session with visiting critic Laura Meseguer
Nov 24 / No class, Thanksgiving in the US
Nov 29 / Review of students’ font files, core topics
Dec 1 / Lecture: typical optical adjustments
Dec 6 / Review of students’ font files, core topics
Dec 8 / Lecture with Cyrus Highsmith: black strokes and white shapes
Dec 12—16 / Individual feedback sessions (optional)
No formal class this week
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