ATypI Vancouver 2003

Off-track: other conference attractions

There are several additional activities planned to enhance the Conference for attendees. There are both one-day and two-day events.

OpenType font development seminar – 9/24-9/25

Sponsored by Microsoft and Adobe

Adobe and Microsoft are holding two days of training devoted to planning, creating and testing OpenType fonts. There will not be computers provided, so bring your own laptop if you want to have hands-on work for these sessions. The program is as follows:

Day 1 - Wednesday September 24


Introduction (MS Typography & Adobe)

Strategies in defining glyph and OT feature repertoires (MS Typography & Adobe)

Making clean outlines (MS Typography & Adobe)


Making OpenType tables using VOLT (MS Typography)

Making OpenType fonts using the FDK/FontLab (Adobe)

Day 2 - Thursday September 25


Testing and proofing OpenType fonts (MS Typography & Adobe)


Hinting theory (MS ClearType)

Hinting strategies (MS ClearType)

Hinting and ClearType (MS ClearType)

Two days, $100 per person, to be held at the Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina.

The Art of Letterpress Workshop – 9/24-9/25

The Emily Carr Institute will be hosting a two-day, hands-on letterpress workshop for a 6-7 participants (fewer than reported originally), to be taught by Jim Rimmer.

Learn the traditional craft of letterpress typography in an intimate, hands-on setting. This course provides a tactile typographic playground where you experiment with wood and metal type to create proofs of simple words and phrases (rather than whole poems or essays, which are too time-consuming). Two Vandercook flatbed proofing presses and two small table presses enable several people to print at once. Though an introduction to letterpress, this course will also be suitable for those with some previous experience who are looking for fresh inspiration. Enrollment is limited, so register early!

Jim Rimmer is an internationally-known type designer and typographer whose Albertan family is among his best-known designs. He has also designed and produced several hot metal typefaces and runs his own small press (The Pie Tree Press & Type Foundry), where he publishes limited-edition books. Jim has long taught typography and letterpress printing in local colleges, and his mentorship of young typographers is legendary.

This workshop will be held in the letterpress studio at the Emily Carr facility on Granville Island. $250 per person, all proceeds going to the Emily Carr Institute.

FontLab Workshop on OpenType tools – 9/25

Sponsored by FontLab, the Digital Type Design Toolkit.

FontLab has assembled this one-day program responding to designer/technician requests for specific training. This is a one-day workshop on Thursday, September 25th.

8AM Getting Started with FontLab 4.5 - all the basics

9AM Moving from FOG to FontLab - adapting the interface & tools

10AM Mysteries of the Font Header - encoding, styles, platform dependent flags, etc.

12 Noon Lunch

1PM Advanced glyph editing - VectorPaint, templates/masks, Composites, anchors, sketch mode...

2PM OpenType the easy way - OT fonts in 3 steps

3PM Basic Hinting - good for 99% of hinting jobs

4PM Basic Macro Scripting - roll your own macros in minutes

5PM Q & A

There will not be computers provided, so bring your own laptop if you want to have hands-on work for these sessions.

This workshop is one day only, Thursday, September 25th at the Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina, $50 per person.

Gala Dinner sponsored by Linotype Library

The traditional ATypI Gala Dinner, a full evening-long event, will be held on Saturday night, September 27th at Bridges Restaurant ( within walking distance of the Emily Carr Institute on Granville Island. Price includes dinner, entertainment and unlimited beer and wine for $75. A beautiful restaurant with a fabulous view of the bridge, the bay, and the mountains!

ATypI Auction

The annual Auction will be held at the Emily Carr Institute on Friday evening between 5:30 and 8:00, with wine & small nibbles to hold everyone over until dinner. Don’t miss this amusing event, where you can get interesting typographic things donated by members, and help support ATypI!

Lab Room

The Emily Carr Institute has a large computer studio that will be the home of the daily newspaper, and where there will be internet access and terminals to work on.

Stay tuned!

There will be more events announced in the days ahead!