Workshop: Type Design for Non-Type Designers
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19.04.24 09:00 - 14:00

20.04.24 09:00 - 14:00

Riot studio


Go beyond choosing the same typefaces from the type menu to creating your own! In this two-day class, you will learn the basics of designing and generating a variable font with the font-design software Glyphs (Mac only).

On the first day, we will learn the basics of drawing a font, draw our first few letters, generate the font, and use it in an Adobe app or a web browser. Then we will add additional letters to the font, learn how to space them, add diacritics and punctuation.

On the second day, we will design a bold version of the same typeface, create a variable font—and make it animate in a web browser.

At the end of the class, you will not have a finished font, but a respectable start and a good understanding about how fonts are made. And maybe you’ll become a type design addict. You have been warned.


Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer was born in Vienna, and studied photography, philosophy and Dutch. Today, he creates and produces typefaces, teaches type design, gives type design workshops, translates Dutch books on typography into German, and writes articles and Python scripts. Rainer joined the Glyphs team in 2012, and has been writing tutorials and the handbook. In 2014, he started the foundry Schriftlabor, which today runs offices in Austria, Portugal and Indonesia.