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Cristobal Henestrosa

estudio-ch.com | Mexico

Cristóbal Henestrosa has a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Communications from the National School of Plastic Arts of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a master’s degree in Typographic Design from the Center for Gestalt Studies. He has been a teacher at various institutions, including the UNAM and the National Fine Arts Institute’s School of Design. His bachelor’s-degree thesis won first prize at the National Design Biennial. He is the author of Espinosa. Rescate de una tipografía novohispana (Mexico, Designio, 2005). As a type designer, he worked for the Fondo de Cultura Económica developing Fondo, which was awarded a prize by the TDC.

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Espinosa Nova, a Mexican revival from the sixteenth century

Session 23 | Room MIDE
Wednesday 28 October | 10:15 – 10:35

Duration: 20 minutes

Antonio de Espinosa is the most important Mexican printer of the sixteenth century, and, most likely, the first punchcutter anywhere on the American continent (1551). Though his work could be matched with that of the European printers and type designers of the Renaissance, it remains mostly unknown to this day, even among scholars. This presentation aspires to spread his legacy and to announce the existence of Espinosa Nova, a revival designed by Cristóbal Henestrosa.

Type Design 101 - Aprendiendo lo básico
ESPAÑOL

Workshop 54 | Room Anahuac room 2
Thursday 29 October | 10:00 – 13:00

Theme Workshops | Duration: 180 minutes

This all-day workshop will provide an introduction to the mechanics of type design. It assumes some basic familiarity with fonts and some experience in using drawing tools to manipulate Bezier curves. During the course each student will design a small simple font. At the end of the workshop participants will receive a Karen Cheng type design poster. The workshop is presented in four modules: Introduction, Drawing, Metrics, and Preflight. In the introduction we will delve into the structure and function of digital type; see what actually constitutes a font; and learn how to prepare for type design. The second module gets right into the nitty-gritty of glyph drawing. The student will learn about the special tools involved in glyph drawing and will draw and refine some glyphs. By the end of the session they will create a draft font. In the Metrics module the students will learn about proper spacing of characters. We’ll discuss manual and automatic ways to do metrics and kerning and perform them on the draft fonts. The final, Preflight, module will be devoted to conversion of a set of glyphs into a finished font. We will review font formats, encodings, font naming, styles and other font header information. The student will apply these concepts to their draft font and generate a final, usable version.

Type Design 101 - Aprendiendo lo básico
CONTINUED

Workshop 53 | Room Anahuac room 2
Thursday 29 October | 15:00 – 18:00

Duration: 180 minutes

This all-day workshop will provide an introduction to the mechanics of type design. It assumes some basic familiarity with fonts and some experience in using drawing tools to manipulate Bezier curves. During the course each student will design a small simple font. At the end of the workshop participants will receive a Karen Cheng type design poster. The workshop is presented in four modules: Introduction, Drawing, Metrics, and Preflight. In the introduction we will delve into the structure and function of digital type; see what actually constitutes a font; and learn how to prepare for type design. The second module gets right into the nitty-gritty of glyph drawing. The student will learn about the special tools involved in glyph drawing and will draw and refine some glyphs. By the end of the session they will create a draft font. In the Metrics module the students will learn about proper spacing of characters. We’ll discuss manual and automatic ways to do metrics and kerning and perform them on the draft fonts. The final, Preflight, module will be devoted to conversion of a set of glyphs into a finished font. We will review font formats, encodings, font naming, styles and other font header information. The student will apply these concepts to their draft font and generate a final, usable version.

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