Bauhaus University graduate Georg Seifert (b. 1978 in Halle an der Saale, Germany) is a type designer and a software developer. His typeface families Graublau Sans and Graublau Slab have become international bestsellers. He co-developed the typeface for the new Berlin Airport. He is most well known, however, for the font editor ‘Glyphs’, first released in 2011. Seifert lives and works in Berlin.
Laurence Penney is a consultant in font technology based in Bristol, UK. Focussed on dynamic type tech, he specialized in TrueType: coding rasterizers, hinting fonts, and training others how to hint fonts. He later took on the challenge of creating MyFonts, the open platform selling fonts from all foundries, part of the team that made it market leader by a wide margin.
The recent revival of colour and variable fonts gives Laurence hope that the type world has not forgotten the best ideas from a generation ago and he looks forward to helping these technologies take off. Laurence’s Axis-Praxis website lets anyone play with variable fonts and, by means of Axis-Praxis as well as his talks & workshops, he hopes others will understand what the excitement is all about.
A trained photographer, Rainer Erich (‘Eric’) Scheichelbauer (b. 1977 in Vienna, Austria) holds both a philosophy and a Dutch studies degree. He creates typefaces, works as a digital punchcutter for other type designers, and gives type design workshops on a regular basis.
Since he has joined the Glyphs team in 2012, he has been writing articles, tutorials, and Python scripts, as well as the blog and the handbook. He lives and works in Vienna, where he runs his type studio Schriftlabor.
One day workshop to learn to build a variable font.
Variable Fonts: the future of type. Learn how to build a variable font in Glyphs, and make it animate, even. You will learn how to set up font projects in Glyphs, add variable font axes to it, and walk home with an emoji animation and a variable font with a few letters and a few axes. You will test it in Axis Praxis, get it to work properly in the latest Adobe apps, and animate it with a little HTML and CSS in a web browser.
Plus: which Python scripts and plug-ins can help you with building an OTVar font.
No prior experience in type design required. This workshop is for newbies and experienced type designers alike. (If necessary, we split into two groups.)
Be prepared for some fun. :-)