TYPOTHON Summer School

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TYPOTHON Summer School

A 5-day type design academy

1.-5. JULI – Kl. 09.00-17.00

Only 10 participants (6 tickets left)

Price 8.000 kr. (including breakfast, snacks and lunch)

TYPOTHON Summer School as an intensive 5-day type design academy with focus on the fundamentals of type design as a craft. The curriculum will consist of history, theory and hands-on type design. We will work analogue with calligraphy and sketching as well as digitally with Glyphs.

During the 5 days participants will begin designing and producing a professional font, and get the tools to continue working on it.

After the summer school, the participants will have a good understanding of the anatomy of letters, the structure and drawing of typefaces, and a fundamental understanding of type design that they can build on.

Course instructors

Typothon Summer School has thee instructors, each with a specialty:

David Short (US): communication designer with more than 20 years of experience in lettering, for clients that include Coca-Cola, DuPont and Pioneer.

Rene Sørensen (DK): type designer trained at Cooper Union’s type school in New York. René has drawn a series of fonts, including Garrets and Zoo Sans. He is a trained sign painter and draws both analogue and digital type.

Élie Colistro (FR): graphic designer and calligrapher based i Paris. His specialty is calligraphy and he’s worked with a range of luxury brands and creative agencies including Yves Saint Laurent, Cartier and Tissot.

Day 1: Type history and calligraphy

The first day is about the history of typography. We look at the tools and techological advances that have shaped letters as we know them today, and that has influences the deveopment of type for the last 20 years. After lunch we start working with calligraphy using pen and copperplate, doing quick exercises.

Day 2: Calligraphy and sketching

The second day is more calligraphic exercises, as well as an introduction to lettering and sketching methods. The aim of the day is to create letterforms to build on for the rest of the course.

Day 3: Sketching and digitalising

The third day we will continue sketching and testing letterforms, and participants will draw words with letters that work together in a coherent whole. Participants are introduces to Glyphs and begin digitalising their sketches.

Day 4: Digitalising and testing

The fourth day is all about digitalising, and participants work on a typeface based on their sketches. We introduce techniques and tricks to create uppercase and lowercase letters as well as numbers and diacritics.

Day 5: Digitalising and production

The last day we continue work on the typefaces. We go into spacing, kerning, hinting and basic coding. At the end of the day participants learn to export their fonts to professional standards.

The aim

The aim of the course is to draw a set of letters, numbers and symbols that constitute the basis of a professional typeface, as well as learning the basics of type history, calligraphy, coding, kerning and spacing. Participants will have the tools to continue drawing their typeface and export it to professional standards

Who is it for?

The course is suited for type beginners, amateurs and semi-pro’s can join the course, and the course instructors will assist participants at any level.

What to bring?

– Laptop (preferrably a Mac, as we will be using Glyphs)

– Calligraphy pens (we have extra if everyone can’t bring their own)

– pencils, pens and sharpies/artliners


The lectures will be in english.

Read more about TYPOTHON and follow our work at:

Typothon Summer School is supported by:

HK Grafisk Kommunikation & Dalton Maag

Typeface in the banner is designed by: Or Type

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