Summer Class 2018

Typography and Letterpress Printing
2nd–7th July 2018

Prof. Rudolf Barmettler

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Creative Coding
17–18th August 2018

Josef Renner

Zürich, Switzerland





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

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(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.





Creative Coding

Introduction to algorithmic design with DrawBot and programming with Python.

Learning Content and Skills

Workshop Description

DrawBot is an application that lets you create two-dimensional images with Python scripts. Python is a popular and beginner-friendly programming language.
The aim of this course is to provide you with a powerful tool to generate images for all kinds of uses, such as Riso-printing or GIF-animations.

Workshop Language

German

Workshop Content

We’ll write programs that generate images. From very simple ones to mind bogglingly complex ones (don’t worry, you’ll be alright).

Exercises

Multi-page documents with random content, vector-shape-filled grids, simple user interfaces to manipulate your program’s input, etc.

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Friday

09.00–10.00  1000 pages in 2 minutes – a first random sequence.

10.00–12.00  Programming basics: variables, functions, and loops.

13.00–15.00  Chance & purpose: working with random numbers.

15.00–18.00  Conditions: if a then this, if b then what?

Saturday

09–12.00  Programming grids like Frieder Nake.

13–17.00  Scripts with an user interface.

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