Introduction to Type Design

Adam Twardoch, Fontlab

This workshop is designed to show the beginning type designer all the relevant steps in designing and producing a digital typeface. It is focused on the actual drawing of glyphs and use of design tools rather than on aesthetic considerations. Each participant will receive a one-year license of TypeTool and a free copy of Karen Cheng’s “Designing Type” poster.

The workshop will be divided into four sections: Introduction – in which we give an overview of the tools and process; Drawing – in which the student will learn how to use the glyph drawing tools; Metrics – spacing and kerning; and Production – where we will talk about the non-glyph parts of a font and what must be done to turn glyphs into a font. At the end of the day each student will have produced a small font of their own.


Adam Twardoch (Poland, 1975)

Based in Berlin, works in the field of font technology, non-Latin typography, CSS webfonts, Unicode and OpenType. As product and marketing manager at Fontlab Ltd., he co-creates the software tools that type designers and typographers use daily. As glyph wrangler at MyFonts, he is responsible for all questions regarding non-Latin and technically complex fonts. In addition, he works as a consultant for font and software vendors worldwide. Adam has been teaching workshops in font creation in the UK, USA, Germany, Russia, his native Poland, and other countries. He is member of the Board of Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI).

Requirements for participation
Students and professionals in the areas of Design, Visual Arts, Architecture or related fields.

Number of participants
A minimum of 15 and maximum of 25 participants

Material to Use (facilitated by the organization)

Duration and schedule of sessions
One day, from 10:00 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 17:00