The Nuts & Bolts of Text Typography

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The text block is fundamental to creating any typographic system, whether on the page or on screen. But what typeface to use and at what size? How do we determine line length and leading? And what about readability and hierarchy? 

Over the course of four evenings, we will examine typographic details as well as overarching principles from the letter to the page. We will begin by considering the interdependence between type size, leading, line length, ragging, and justification. And after an introduction to traditional methods of shaping the page, we will set continuous text within the grids of a single-column and multicolumn page.

We will be drawing from the extraordinary resources available to us at the Letterform Archive, in particular their library of historic type specimen books.

This workshop is for beginning typographers, or for anyone in need of a refresher on setting a well-behaved text block. Basic knowledge of InDesign is required.

Learning Outcomes

Learn to pay attention to the details of letterforms.

Become mindful of the intervals of space between letters (kerning and tracking).

Refine awareness of typographic grain, color, and density as well as the silhouette of the text block.

Understand how to establish hierarchy and organization in page layout.

Set type well—and with more confidence!

Diversity and Equity Scholarship

Diversity and Equity are important to all of us at Letterform Archive, and we are committed to increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups within the type and design communities.

We are offering one BIPOC/Equity scholarship seat in this workshop.

To apply for this scholarship, please complete and submit to us the short form linked here at least a week prior to the start of the workshop.