Summer Class 2018

Typography and Letterpress Printing
2nd–7th July 2018
Zurich, Switzerland

Prof. Rudolf Barmettler

Advanced Typography

Letterpress printing and manual typographic design development. It’s a rare opportunity to understand and learn manual typographic design by means of letterpress.

Learning Content and Skills

Basics of typography

Workshop Description

This workshop addresses all steps of manual typographic design. From detailed sketching of text layouts to finished printed matter, all aspects of conception and implementation are exercised, tested, reworked and produced by means of letterpress printing on a proofing press.

Workshop Content

Design and production of a poster and invitation card.

Exercises

Systematic design process: 20 design steps of organising and weighting information with felt pen on paper.

Subject-specific Inputs

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We will follow five different steps within six days:

Monday

09.00–10.00  Repetition of the basics of typography and letterpress printing

10.00–12.00  Step 1: Definition of a manuscript (1)

13.00–18.00  Step 2: Drafts, sketches and design development

Tuesday

09–12.00 / 13–18.00  Drafts, sketches and design development

Wednesday

09–12.00 / 13–18.00  Step 3: Visualisation and elaboration

Thursday

09–12.00 / 13–18.00  Step 4: Preparations: Typesetting, linoleum-cutting or cardboard-cutting

Friday

09–12.00 / 13–18.00  Step 5: Printing

Saturday

09–12.00 / 13–18.00  Printing

Register

(1) The workshop’s topic could be fashion design, architecture or industrial design.

After choosing the context, each participant defines a manuscript. If we could agree on a single topic for all the workshop participants, it would be even better and more productive. Thus, we could compare what we’ve developed in the end.