CREATE YOUR DISPLAY FONT


Font creation can seem overwhelming. You might be asking yourself: “where do I start, which technical equipment and software do I need, and most importantly, how do I create something that is new in a world with thousands of fonts out there?”.
Letter&Co. is an intensive multi-week, hands-on course that accompanies you through the process of creating an unique concept for a font. Learn how to do it, from sketch to working font, including ways of publishing and marketing it.


WATCH THE LETTER&CO. TRAILER


 

TURN TYPE DESIGN INTO YOUR CREATIVE PLAYGROUND


This course will teach you, inspire you, instruct you and accompany you through the process of finally bringing those font ideas to life. You’ll walk away with a working font and a deep understanding of how to make typefaces and letters. You will acquire specialized skills to design display typefaces, and the know-how to manage the tools and software involved in the creation process.

THE PROGRAM IN A NUTSHELL


1. Start with your hands.

CREATE A UNIQUE CONCEPT FOR AN ALPHABET.

2. Learn the best tools.

MASTER DIGITAL TECHNIQUES AND TOOLS.


3. Create your own font.

MAKE IT WORK AND PUBLISH IT.


WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?


Tailored to designers, lettering artists, illustrators, creatives and makers. No previous knowledge on type design or lettering is required. Letter&Co. will help you develop a unique concept for a display typeface from the ground up. Not only will it push you and give you the space to focus on creating well-crafted letter shapes but it will also bring type design into your creative skillset, where it will stay forever.

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YOUR INSTRUCTORS



Learn from international experts in the area of lettering, type design, font engineering and marketing. Renowned type designers and experienced instructors will carry out the program's sessions and workshops on lettering, and provide introductions to modern software. Guest critics will provide feedback and guidance throughout the process.


Martina Flor LetterCo
MARTINA FLOR

Martina Flor combines her talents as both a designer and an illustrator in the drawing of letters. She grew up in Buenos Aires and studied in Spain and the Netherlands. Now based in Berlin, she works with a focus on type, lettering and illustration for clients all over the world. Her work has been featured in many publications and she teaches and lectures extensively.

Rainer E. Scheichelbauer LetterCo
RAINER E. SCHEICHELBAUER

Rainer Erich (‘Eric’) Scheichelbauer was born in Vienna, and studied photography, philosophy and Dutch. Today, he creates and produces typefaces, gives type design workshops, translates Dutch books on typography into German, and writes articles and Python scripts. He joined the Glyphs team in 2012, and has been writing tutorials and the handbook ever since.

Sol Matas LetterCo
SOL MATAS

Sol Matas is a type designer from Buenos Aires, currently living in Berlin. Graduated from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in Graphic Design, Digital Design and Typeface Design postgraduate programs. Guest Lecturer at the Type Master program at the same institution. She has developed font projects in Latin, Cyrillic, Devanagari and Greek scripts and has collaborated on typefaces for a variety of foundries.

Dan Reynolds LetterCo
DAN REYNOLDS

Dan Reynolds is an American designer who lived in Berlin in the 2010s. Now he teaches at the Hochschule Niederrhein. Dan used to work in fonts at Linotype and LucasFonts. He has a Master of Arts in Typeface Design from the University of Reading and a doctorate from the HBK Braunschweig. His research focus is on foundries from Germany’s imperial era. 

Picture: © Norman Posselt
Ulrike Rausch LetterCo
ULRIKE RAUSCH

Berlin-based type designer and letterer Ulrike Rausch holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Design from Potsdam University of Applied Science (Germany). In 2009 Ulrike founded her own type foundry called LiebeFonts, providing high-quality typefaces and hand-crafted letterings with a charming personality and obsessive attention to detail.

Elias Prado LetterCo
ELÍAS J. PRADO

Elías Prado is a lettering artist and designer from Mendoza, Argentina. He completed his studies of Industrial Design in Gran Canaria, Spain, followed by years of experience in graphic design, advertising and illustration. In 2018 he joined Studio Martina Flor in Berlin to build his career on lettering and type design.

BIANCA BERNING

Bianca is now a Creative Type Director, responsible for ensuring type foundry Dalton Maag remains at the forefront of type innovation. Bianca frequently speaks at international design, technology and UX conferences, more recently focusing on the rising popularity of variable fonts. She is an active member of ATypI, a network designed to promote the work of women within the type design community.

Ivo Gabrowitsch LetterCo
IVO GABROWITSCH

Ivo Gabrowitsch is a marketing and creative leader who has font customers front and center. Having worked for brands like FontShop, FontFont, MyFonts, Linotype, and Monotype he understands the type business like no other. His company Fontwerk is dedicated to help type designers and foundries making a living with their passion.

Picture: © Norman Posselt
Ferdinand Ulrich LetterCo
FERDINAND ULRICH

Ferdinand Ulrich is a typographer, design researcher, frequent writer and occasional type designer. He pursues a PhD at the University of Reading, researching the discourse on early digital type design, and regularly teaches at Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). His articles are published in Eye Magazine, Typographica, et al.

Photograph © Norman Posselt

FIELD TRIPS


Take part in exclusive fields trips to explore the history of type design and other sources of inspiration, including a virtual visit to the collection of specimen books of type design historian and designer Dan Reynolds, and a virtual tour of the history of type making with typographer and type researcher Ferdinand Ulrich.


 

THE PROGRAM


INTRODUCTION

With Martina Flor

Come on board, schedule your classes and sessions and go through the Introductory unit for Letter&Co. by Martina Flor.

UNIT 1 - BASICS OF TYPE DESIGN With Martina Flor

Learn basic terminology and gain a broader understanding of the logic behind letterforms.

UNIT 2 - SOURCES OF INSPIRATION. Field trip with Dan Reynolds

Discover design historian Dan Reynolds's type specimen collection and gather inspiration for your font project.

UNIT 3 - CALLIGRAPHY BASICS With Martina Flor

Learn how to use calligraphic tools and discover their influence on today's letter forms.

UNIT 4 - SKETCHING LETTER FORMS With Martina Flor

Learn sketching techniques , brainstorm your first shapes and create a prototype word for your font.

UNIT 5 - THE BRIEFING FOR YOUR FONT With Martina Flor

Define a brief for your project and set some boundaries for its scope.

UNIT 6 - FROM ANALOG TO DIGITAL With Elías Prado

Learn how to draw letter shapes with vector tools and digitise your letterforms.

UNIT 7 - HISTORY OF TYPE MAKING. Field trip with Ferdinand Ulrich

Walk you through the history of type making in an historical letterpress workshop in Berlin.

UNIT 8 - FONT EDITING With Sol Matas and Rainer Scheichelbauer

Learn how to use the font editor GlyphsApp. Learn how to space, kern and expand your character set.

UNIT 9 - PROGRAMMING YOUR FONT With Ulrike Rausch

Learn how to program the behaviour of your font through OpenType features.

UNIT 10 - MARKETING YOUR FONT With Ivo Gabrowitsch

Discover strategies to publish and market your font.

UNIT 11 - WRAP-UP With Martina Flor

Wrap-up unit of Letter&Co.

WHAT'S INCLUDED



☞ 9 international instructors
☞ 5 weeks program
☞ + 60 Lessons
☞ 5 LIVE coaching sessions with experts
☞ LIVE Type Crit
☞ 24/7 Support
☞ Access to private collection of Specimen books
☞ Templates and downloadable exclusive test sheets
☞ Workbook
☞ Sample fonts for personal use
☞ Discount on Fontself plugin
☞ Access to a private community
☞ Free GlyphsApp license

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Yes!

The course starts right after you sign up. The course has a proposed schedule of 5 weeks, but you can follow it at your own pace.

You’ll have lifetime access to the course and upcoming updates.

Yes! This is an online course, so you can access from wherever you are.

The program is open to designers, lettering artists, illustrators, students and professionals of all levels of expertise. Beginners, as well as more experienced attendees are welcome.

The program offers lectures, field trips, critique sessions, and Q&A. Although some of the content might not be entirely new for you, the program provides a space for you to create a new typeface, with the guidance and creative input from renowned experts.

You need A4 plain paper, tracing paper, a pencil, your computer and your mouse or tablet, ideally with Adobe Illustrator installed. A free license to Glyohs App is included in your registration.

Basic skills of Adobe Illustrator and the Adobe Creative Suite is recommended, specifically vector drawing. Knowledge of Glyphs.app is a plus, but not required.

The fee covers the full access to Letter&Co., a workbook that walks you through the process of creating a working display font, templates, access to private type specimen collections, hands-on sessions, live critique rounds, live Q&A’s, free software licenses, discounts on additional tools and access to future updates. You'll also be part of Letter&Co. community.

Letter&Co. is offered at a one time fee and through a monthly payment plan. You'll access to the entire course from the start regardless of the payment option you select.

Both. The program includes around 30% theoretical input and 70% hands-on sessions.

We are happy to issue a refund within the first 30 days.





This course is closed for enrollment.

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Fonts in use: Liebe Doris by Liebe Fonts; Manicotti by DJR; Hobeaux Rococeaux by OH no; Type Co.; AW Conqueror Carved by Typofonderie; Virna by FSD; Farandole by Francis Chouquet