Courses in typography for professionals

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My handwriting sucks!

Now what?

My handwriting sucks! Now what?

My handwriting sucks. Now what?

Why would we still write by hand? We have our screens. They don’t ask for handwriting; they ask for typing. The only benefit of typing over handwriting is speed. That gain, however, can also be a loss. What do we lose if we type?

We lose speed, which actually is a good thing. Research shows we process information much better if we pick up a pen. How come? Suppose you have to write notes during a presentation. Doing that by hand, we listen, analyze and summarise whatever is said, simply because we cannot write by hand as fast as if we can type. Losing speed is a huge gain that actually will save you time!

But what if others can’t read your handwriting? Or worse: what if you can’t read it yourself?

This course offers you a system that is easy to understand and comfortable to apply. You only have to get up a bit earlier and practise! Don’t worry, the practice is a joy by itself.

For who?
For anyone that wants to turn their illegible handwriting into a sophisticated hand for every day use.

Theory
• System of cursive writing 

Practice
• Developing a steady hand
• Understanding the construction of letters
• Creating flow and speed

Choose a course that fits you!

Workshop

Introduction to the cursive system that will explain you how to improve your handwriting fast!

PRICE: € 65 

  • Including printable PDF workbook
  • For people that prefer to study independently

Date: 20 April 2021 

  • 1 workshop on Zoom of 2 hours
  • From 7:00 – 9:00 PM CET

Course

Guidance for understanding the cursive system, focus on your individual struggles, and learn from each other.

PRICE: € 135

  • Including printable PDF workbook
  • For people that prefer to study on a steady pace

Dates: May 11, 18, 25, 2021

  • 3 lessons on Zoom of 1,5 hour each.
  • From 7:00 – 8:30 PM CET
  • Group of max. 12

Course (intensive)

During 3 group lessons and 3 individual lessons you will get the optimal guidance to improve your handwriting!

PRICE: € 250

  • Including printed workbook
  • For people that prefer to study on a deep level

Dates: June 01, 08, 15, 2021 (Group lessons)

  • From 7:00 – 8:30 PM CET
  • Group of max. 6

 

Individual lessons (30 minutes)

  • Bookable anytime on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays

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Inside The Netherlands an additional invoice for 21% VAT will be made. Inside the rest of Europe no VAT is added, if you have a VAT registration number. Outside Europe no VAT is added.

You will receive a confirmation and invoice through email 

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Design your own font

Fortunately, there is a growing interest in type design. Unfortunately, designing type is not that easy… find the right guidance!

This course lets you discover the most important things about type design in a playful and accessible way.

You will learn about the relationships between letters, thinking within a system that offers enough freedom for experimental letter shapes.

At the end of this course, you will have your own font to type with!

For who?
For (graphic) designers that are interested in making type and want to understand the basic principles.

Theory
• Insight in the relationship between letters
• Insight in the construction of letters

Practise
• Drawing type by hand
• Practise type principles with Type Cooker

Skills
How to digitise your outlines
Work with Fontstruct, Fontself or Glyphs

Content course:

> LESSON 1:

  • Introduction to the world of type design (lecture)
  • Practice: drawing type by hand (technique)
  • Extra: an eye-opening assignment!

     

> LESSON 2:

  • Theory: first principles of type design
  • Practice: Type Cooker
  • Extra: writing type with a homemade ‘calligraphy’ pen

 

> LESSON 3:

  • Presentation of different type design software
  • Practice: experimenting with the bricks of modular fonts
  • To do: define the concept for your font

 

*Homework: Start sketching your modular font!*

> LESSON 4:

  • Feedback: the progress of your font
  • To do: come up with a name for your baby.


> LESSON 5:

  • Presentation of your font
  • Time for questions, feedback, touch-ups.


> LESSON 6:

  • Finalize your font. Generate it. Enjoy it!

 

*It’s up to you if you spend time on the course outside the lessons. However, the more time you spend on it, the better the results will be!

Group Lessons

Dates: 2021 

March: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30  
April: 6
(Tuesday evenings)

> 6 lessons on Zoom of 1.5 hours each.

Price € 240 (ex 21% VAT)

  • From 7:00 – 8:30 PM CET
  • Small groups of max. 8

Private Lessons

> 6 lessons on Zoom of 1 hour each

Price €300 (ex 21% VAT)

  • Bookable anytime on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays
  • Personal feedback through email

Interested in the next ‘Design your own font’?

Inside The Netherlands an additional invoice for 21% VAT will be made. Inside the rest of Europe no VAT is added, if you have a VAT registration number. Outside Europe no VAT is added.

You will receive a confirmation and invoice through email 

Future course !

Level up your typography skills!

Do you stare for hours at the loooooong list of typefaces to choose from? Which one will do the job? And how can you find balance in your typography? 

In this course you will learn about the secrets of typography. How do you pick a typeface? How do you make a text (il)legible? How do you deal with hierarchy?

All these questions (and more!) will be answered by doing lots of exercises that will give you more confidence and joy in typography!

For who?
For graphic designers that want to bring their knowledge and skills in typography to the next level.

Theory
• The do’s & don’ts of typography

Practise
• Discussing and applying the ‘rules’
• Knowledge about typefaces
• How to find the balance in your typographic design

Skills
Indesign

To be announced

Interested in ‘The secrets of typography’?

Add your name to the mailing list and get updated about the dates. Note: this is not a commitment to join, just to show your interest!

I also deliver workshops for companies. 

Experimental Calligraphy, Traditional Calligraphy, Drawing Type, Level up your Typography Skills: The chosen subjects for workshops come from my 12 years experience in teaching typography, type and handwriting.

My input will help designers to find their own way in typography, letting them feel comfortable and confident.

If you have any specific requests, please drop me a line!

Workshop at KABK, 2017. ‘Make your initial letter into a 3D object.’

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I could say Britt taught me to look differently, or how to study. Or how she made an elusive subject tangible. All of this is true, but this is not why I do what I do now, nor is it why I write this.
 
More important than the above is that Britt, from day one, managed to inspire me in a very special way. Not because I wanted to be able to do what she can. I cannot do calligraphy, I will never design a ‘real’ typeface and I have barely mastered the terminology.
 
However, Britt did inspire me by her ability to teach typography as a story. Or even a dialogue. In return, it sparked the desire to find my voice. 
 
Apart from all possible knowledge, skills, conventions, and classifications, she knows how to convey enthusiasm like no other.
The enthusiasm that made me –being an absolute novice– no longer afraid of everything I did not know but embraced what I still had to learn.
A challenge, which feels like learning a new language in which you can also invent words yourself.
 
Britt as a teacher taught me the necessary basic knowledge and skills. 
Britt as a person taught me that typography is not an imposed buzzword or popular hashtag. It was no longer a compulsory subject or collection of study credits, nor the secret language of tattooists and hipsters.
 
During her lessons, I learned to genuinely marvel at the richness of typography, and developed my own interest that soon surpassed ‘beautiful and not beautiful’.
 
What does a letter say?
And what do I tell?
 
Niels Vrijdag 

During my second year of my bachelor in Graphic Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy, I had the pleasure of meeting Britt Möricke.

As my primary typography teacher, Britt’s greatest strength lays in her ability to recognise and adapt her teaching to my needs as a student. Combined with her breadth of typographic knowledge, she was able to guide me, no matter where I was in my learning process: through the basics of italic and roman calligraphy, the legibility of type as well as the typographic hierarchy and placement of type on a page.

In particular, her assignments helped me be less anxious about the world of typography. She would ask me to cut letters apart into interesting compositions in order for me to compose my favourite word, ‘balloon’, within these shapes and in such a way that would express the meaning of the word. In the end, and without realising it, I had made a typographic poster.

In this way, Britt has been able to show me both the playful as well as the more scholarly sides of typography, which in my experience are two contrasts rarely found in one teacher.

Pontus Höglund
Graduation student WdKA, 2020

From a young age, I have had a deep interest in letters. However, I missed a steady basis in the underlying system.

Britt made me understand this.

Her enthusiasm, knowledge and wide range of references —from classic examples to playful experiments— showed me the origins of the letter shapes. However, and this is more important, she showed me what they could be, without a value judgment about what is right or wrong.

Fabian Hahne
www.fabianhahne.nl

All my courses are based on:

How do I make you feel confident?

By working from your own potential, rather than imposing my ways or ideas (or anyone else’s) on you.

Group Lessons

Private Lessons

Qualifications

Language skills
Dutch — Native
English — Fluent
German — Conversational

2017
Registered freelance teacher at CRKBO

2013
Cambridge Proficiency in English

2010
Degree for lecturers in universities of applied sciences (in Dutch: Basiskwalificatie Didactische Bekwaamheid or BDB)

How I teach

After I graduated from highschool, I decided to see more of the world. I left Holland for working at an Icelandic horse farm in Scotland. I was taking care of over 70 horses, each one not only being different in color, but also in character.

There was this beautiful black horse, with mane till its shoulder, strong gates, slim… I felt like a queen riding this one. I like wild horses, and this one looked like it. But it wasn’t.

If I asked the horse to turn right, it turned right. If I asked it to stop, it stopped. If I asked it to go faster, it went faster. Boring.

 

When I asked the trainer about it, he explained that this horse was trained in Germany. There they break down the character of the horse first, and then build it up again, just the way they expect the horse to behave.

On Iceland however, horses are trained from their character, emphasizing on the good sides, improving the ‘bad’ sides. You can clearly notice this when riding one of these horses: they always have charged batteries, full of life!

And that’s how I teach. Being strict as a rule doesn’t work, being kind as a rule also doesn’t work. It totally depends on the needs and character of the individual student. To me, teaching is 40% sharing my knowledge and 60% knowing how to handle human nature.

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