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ATypI 08 St Petersburg

Programme
Sessions by theme

Starts at 09:30, 17 September 2008,
at Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace, St Petersburg, Russia

Preliminary content, subject to change.

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Workshop

Pascal Naji Zoghbi
Arabic Kufi script
Workshop part 1

Wednesday 17 September | 09:30 – 13:00 | Workshop W01 in W1

A workshop for non-Arabic speakers about Arabic Kufi script. See http://29letters.wordpress.com/2007/09/01/kufi-workshop-for-non-arab-participants-in-amsterdam/ for previous workshop information. This workshop takes place in two parts: on Wednesday 9:30—13:00 and on Thursday 14:00—17:30. In the first part, Pascal will give a lecture on Arabic Kufi script, and participants will start practicing the Kufi script and creating units. In the second part, participants will create their own words and patterns using the square Kufi script. The workshop is open to all participants of the main conference. The maximum number of workshop participants is 20. You must register to the workshop during your main conference registration. Participants are requested to bring 15 USD in cash to the workshop to pay the “supplies fee” for the pencils, pens, ink and paper. Theme: Workshop | 210 minutes

Akira Kobayashi, Nadine Chahine
Linotype type design student workshop
Closed session, part 1

Wednesday 17 September | 09:30 – 17:00 | Workshop W05 in W2

ATypI and Linotype have invited ten excellent, typographically-minded junior or senior Cyrillic-writing students to participate in a typography-intensive workshop that includes an introduction to the world of letterforms and the basics of type design. In two closed sessions, on Wednesday 9:30–17:00, and on Thursday 9:30–12:00, the invited workshop participants will work closely with Linotype’s Akira Kobayashi and Nadine Chahine to create and refine their own designs. The workshop will conclude with a public viewing of the workshop results on Thursday 12:00–13:00 — come and see the progress the students have made! Theme: Workshop | 450 minutes

Yomar Augusto
Kalligraphos
Experimental calligraphy workshop

Wednesday 17 September | 14:00 – 17:30 | Workshop W02 in W1

Calligraphy is the basis for the typography work. As an art form it has almost been forgotten in today’s graphic digital environment. Designers don’t handwrite anymore, bitmaps have become more important than ink and computers are now the main tool in the creative process. Kalligraphos is an experimental calligraphy workshop whose main objectives are: Taking the students away from the computer screen to explore the art of drawing letters by hand as a way to improve their technical backgrounds, help them focus their creative energy on the handmade process and stimulate a personal graphic research. The program explores calligraphy and other medias such as illustration, collage, painting, photography, graphic journals (sketchbooks and altered books), all of these combined to present for each student a rich ground for intuitive exploration. During the workshop, participants will practice using writing tools. The workshop is open to all participants of the main conference. The maximum number of workshop participants is 20. You must register to the workshop during your main conference registration. Participants are requested to bring 15 USD in cash to the workshop to pay the “supplies fee” for the pencils, pens, ink and paper. Theme: Workshop | 210 minutes

John Downer
Lettering
Workshop

Thursday 18 September | 09:30 – 13:00 | Workshop W03 in W1

The workshop is open to all participants of the main conference. The maximum number of workshop participants is 20. You must register to the workshop during your main conference registration. Participants are requested to bring 15 USD in cash to the workshop to pay the “supplies fee” for the pencils, pens, ink and paper. Considering the ATypI/2008 conference theme, I propose a demonstration that will include both old and new sign painting techniques. In former times, sign painters didn't have all of the timesaving materials and tools we have today. Contemporary sign painters use Scotch™ tape to mask the baseline and cap line, and paint rollers to cover vast areas. Rollers can also be used to achieve very soft blending of colors. Workshop attendees will be given a chronology of paint application methods, as well as a chance to see letters appear spontaneously. Latin & Cyrillic examples will be created on the spot, to illustrate that brush-painted letters can serve as inspiration for original typefaces -- all without preying on existing typefaces to create new ones. (This point ties in well with the topic of my talk at the conference). Participants will also be afforded a chance to try their hands at rendering letterforms with a lettering brush. Theme: Workshop | 210 minutes

Akira Kobayashi, Nadine Chahine
Linotype type design student workshop
Closed session, part 2

Thursday 18 September | 09:30 – 12:00 | Workshop W05 in W2

ATypI and Linotype have invited ten excellent, typographically-minded junior or senior Cyrillic-writing students to participate in a typography-intensive workshop that includes an introduction to the world of letterforms and the basics of type design. In two closed sessions, on Wednesday 9:30–17:00, and on Thursday 9:30–12:00, the invited workshop participants will work closely with Linotype’s Akira Kobayashi and Nadine Chahine to create and refine their own designs. The workshop will conclude with a public viewing of the workshop results on Thursday 12:00–13:00 — come and see the progress the students have made! Theme: Workshop | 150 minutes

Pascal Naji Zoghbi
Arabic Kufi script
Workshop part 2

Thursday 18 September | 14:00 – 17:30 | Workshop W01 in W1

A workshop for non-Arabic speakers about Arabic Kufi script. See http://29letters.wordpress.com/2007/09/01/kufi-workshop-for-non-arab-participants-in-amsterdam/ for previous workshop information. This workshop takes place in two parts: on Wednesday 9:30—13:00 and on Thursday 14:00—17:30. In the first part, Pascal will give a lecture on Arabic Kufi script, and participants will start practicing the Kufi script and creating units. In the second part, participants will create their own words and patterns using the square Kufi script. The workshop is open to all participants of the main conference. The maximum number of workshop participants is 20. You must register to the workshop during your main conference registration. Participants are requested to bring 15 USD in cash to the workshop to pay the “supplies fee” for the pencils, pens, ink and paper. Theme: Workshop | 210 minutes

Vladimir Yefimov
Latin+Cyrillic, designing multiscript fonts
Workshop in Russian

Thursday 18 September | 14:00 – 17:30 | Workshop W04 in W2

Multiscript type design: Typefaces including both Latin and Cyrillic characters in Russia and abroad. Old and new approaches to multiscript type design. OpenType fonts may contain huge quantity of glyphs from different script systems, for example Latin, Cyrillic and Greek. However there are some difficulties in designing multiscript fonts because its author used to draw letters of his native script and sometimes the features of alien characters are not so well familiar to him. Experience of multiscript type designing in Russia in the past and the present allows to hope such difficulties are surmountable in process of acquaintance to features of each script system. This workshop will be conducted in Russian language only and is aimed primarily at Russian designers. The workshop will start with Vladimir Yefimov’s lecture and conclude in a discussion. The maximum number of participants is 50. The workshop is free to all participants who have registered to the main conference, but a separate registration to the workshop will be required (it will be announced at a later time). Theme: Workshop | 210 minutes