Slow Type Design Methods

With Martin Majoor: Jan. 2023

Slow Design in type, it’s all in the details:
This course is aimed at junior type designers looking to take their design skills to the next level. In contrast to other courses at the ILT Academy and elsewhere, this course will be analog in format, focusing on a slow and deliberate approach to type design in which details play a prominent role. The aim is to provide an in-depth view to why letters (roman, italic, sans) look the way they do. This approach fosters a thorough understanding of how letterforms are built and how they relate to one another. The course reflects the Slow Design approach taken by its instructor, Martin Majoor, who is recognized internationally for excellence in type design, and for a career dedicated to the highest levels of originality and craft.

About the course
The course is organized over 2 intensive weekends. Drawing will be via pencil and paper, with feedback focusing on the micro-cosmos of type design. The purpose of the slow pace is to bring about a contemplative approach to type design that is grounded in originality of thought and approach.

Course structure
(classes take place from 11am–6pm UK time)

  • Session 1 — January 14: Introduction to roman Latin letter shapes
  • Session 2 — January 15: Refining details + review of results
  • Session 3 — January 21: Italic letter shapes
  • Session 4 — January 22: Deriving sans serifs + review of results

Course materials & projects
A3 paper, a few pencils, black markers, white correction fluid. A computer is only needed for zoom conversations and showing the work.

The course is open to a maximum of 14 participants. This ensures that every student gets ample time for feedback.

How will it work?
The course will use the latest software in order to set up a virtual classroom and a resource centre for the course materials. Participants will need to join the sessions via a Zoom link that would be provided. A stable internet connection is required. Participants will draw on paper and share the results on screen.

Fees and registration
The course fee is £650 + 20% VAT (if applicable) and is non-refundable. Participants are exempt of VAT if registering as an EU business. To register, or if you have any questions, please email [email protected]


Upcoming courses:

Slow Type Design Methods (Jan. 2022)

Intro to Greek Type Design (Jan. 2022)

Intro to Script Type Design (Jan. 2022)

Glyphs Hinting [full]

Glyphs Kerning & Spacing [full]

Running courses:

Intro to Latin Type Design (Fall 2022)

Font Engineering (Fall 2022)

Glyphs Python Crash Course (Fall 2022)

(Introduction to Latin Type Design)

Past courses:

Introduction to Arabic Type Design

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