The chosen subjects come from my 12 years experience in teaching typography, based on common struggles I see.
My lessons will help students to find their own way in typography, letting them feel confident.
I offer them in a one-day workshop or in a year’s course (and everything in between).
If you have any other requests, please drop me a line!
Struggle: being insecure about how to deal with typography the ‘right’ way. Students don’t know where to find the right references, or they feel trapped by the rules.
In this workshop/course they will learn how to deal with text, on both a macro and micro level.
I think it is really important that they not only learn the rules, but also question them.
We will make them practical by doing lots of exercises that will give them more confidence in the base of typography.
This is relevant for any student. They all need to work with text. I am very used to adapt to their interest, needs and level.
Struggle: there is a growing interest in type design. Unfortunately, designing type is not so simple… if students don’t get the right guidance, the process becomes quite frustrating.
This workshop /course lets you discover the most important things about type design in a playful and simple way.
Students will learn about the relationships between letters, thinking in a system that still offers enough freedom for experimental letter shapes.
Depending on the interest / time/ level the results can be either analogue or digital.
For students that are interested in making type, but don’t have any experience yet.
It is also useful as a way to learn how to think in a system.
Struggle: working analogue is very popular with students and so is calligraphy. However, that takes years of practise…
Write with anything on anything
This workshop provides students the pleasure of experiencing this process in a less time-consuming way and with a different purpose than to write ‘beautifully’.
The goal is to create freedom and to experiment with material and letter shapes. Who needs expensive pens, ink and paper? Anything can be a tool, or a canvas.
This is a very active and fun workshop. Really popular with students!
For students that want to get to know calligraphy (or working with letters) in a playful and experimental way.
Struggle: there are so many typefaces to choose from… where do you start and how can you see if a typeface is good or not?
In this workshop, I will discuss different perspectives on answering this question: historically (classification), contextually and conceptually.
Students will learn how to look at typefaces on a technical and aesthetic level.
At the end the question will be answered, full of confidence and from their own perspective.
Struggle: it seems very hard for students to approach typography in a free way. They feel restricted by the rules and legibility.
Most students are more comfortable working with image than with text.
In this workshop I will show them to approach typography as an image. Once they understand this concept, they feel more free.
It is really a matter of pushing one button to make them interested in typography…
Struggle: where do you start designing a typeface without getting demotivated? How can you speed up the process?
I will teach students about the different relationships between letters by discussing theory and approaching them with specific parameters.
This workshop is filled with exercises to learn how to draw type, both analogue and digital.
Depending on the time available, we can either end with sketches or a ready to type with alphabet.
Struggle: how do you draw clear and powerful letters?
There are a few tricks as shown by the great masters of history that are still very useful today!
Students will learn tips and tricks to draw in a technically well executed way, leaving their letters full of confidence and power.
Struggle: how can I see a typeface is good?
This isn’t a question you would expect in the calligraphy section, but calligraphy is an excellent way to teach students about proportion and rhythm: the secret of typography, really.
With this goal in mind we will practise and practise, starting with The Foundational Hand, a script that serves as a perfect base to understand letter shapes.
It’s amazing to see the development of students. I have a lot of experience teaching calligraphy, so there is not a problem that is unsolvable!
Struggle: I can’t read my own notes!
It hurts my heart to see students with bad handwriting… I don’t say this from a melancholic perspective!
Research shows that everyone performs better writing by hand, since our brain works in a more productive way.
And you know what: it takes just 3 lessons to improve handwriting! I developed a simple system based on theories of italic writing masters from the past, that showed its success during the years.