A laptop, “Glyphs” and an idea: never before in the roughly 550-year history of letterpress printing with movable type have the production means for professional design and distribution of original typefaces been available to such an extent as they are today. Not every typographer therefore has to design typefaces, but typeface design helps every typographer to gain deeper insights into the nature and construction of his tools. The experience of drawing letters fundamentally sharpens one’s perception and refines one’s individual repertoire of typographic expression.
The class was composed of students from different semesters and disciplines. None of the participants had previous experience with type design. The goal of the seminar was to develop at least one usable font. Beyond that, there were no specifications. Rather, the students were to find a productive approach to type design based on their personal taste and interest.
Andreas Faust is creative director of the German-language JACOBIN magazine. He has designed typefaces for Adidas, Maison Margiela and the Albrecht Dürer Society, among others.