Workshop Nº4 Letterform Design

Monday 28 May 2018
Tuesday 29 May 2018

18 attendees maximum
Soho: 4 Iskar Street
Sofia 1000, Bulgaria

From Monday 28 May 2018 to Tuesday 29 May 2018, in Sofia. Jean François Porchez and Mathieu Réguer will conduct a typedesign workshop called Letterforms design open to everyone interested in typography, typefaces, lettering or calligraphy. This is a join effort with Typofest.

€200 (~BGN390)

Registration on Typofest page. Special offer valid until 30th April 2018.
After this date, the price increases to €250 (~BGN488).


The ambition of this 2 days workshop is not to design a complete typeface but to provide you with the necessary tools to better understand the typographic letterforms and make you discover a working method to draw your own alphabets and your own letters. Tangible to digital world.


Our approach is organised around the humanist alphabet, it relies on handwriting and calligraphy as means of understanding typographic forms. This method is based on proven techniques used during the five intensive weeks of the TypeParis program.

The workshop will start with the practice of calligraphy in order to better visualise the skeleton of the minuscule letters as well as letter shapes contrast. The outcome of this calligraphy practice will be the basis of typographic drawings on tracing paper. You will learn how to stabilize the shapes from your calligraphic samples in order to understand the relationships between forms and counterforms.

Starting from these drawings, you will work on various parameters -serifs and terminals, weight and contrast- in order to define a coherent typographic style that can be declined on all the glyphs of an alphabet.

We will then explore several typographic variables starting from your drawings, such as creating a bold, a light, a high-contrast version, a condensed or a sans serif.

Day two will be dedicated to the digitisation of your glyphs drawing.
We will cover Bezier curves best practices, explain our methods and strategies and how careful point placement will impact your design in a positive way.
We will explain the core principles of glyph spacing for several style of typefaces. You will learn how to set up sidebarings for the glyphs you are drawing, shifting focus from individual letters to word images and lines of text.
During the final stage of the session you will draw stylistic variants from the previous day as digital outlines and experiment with interpolation is order to explore variations between all your different design.

Supplied material

– Letterforms and calligraphy models
– 3 mm broad nib, pen holder, ink, goblets
– Pencils in HB, 3H
– Pigma Micron Graphic 1 mm and Sharpie markers
– Adhesive
– Uncoated tabloid paper 90gr
– Tracing paper 90gr
– Glyphs complimentary license

Bring our usual graphic design material

– Favorite set of pens, pencils…
– Your MacOs laptop
– Your phone (to import your paper drawings on the computer)


Limited to 18 attendees:
– This workshop is intended for all graphic designers, designers, students or teachers who wish to discover letterforms drawing technics
– If you are not a designer but you have a strong desire to try to draw letters, and you already draw a little, you can also join us.
– This is a good overview of the working methods implemented at TypeParis. This is the ideal way to test your motivation before engaging in further training in letterform design.


Le Tank - Le reservoir

4 Iskar Street
Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
(near Serdika metro station)


Official hashtag for TypeParis is #typeparis18

Mathieu Réguer

Mathieu Réguer

Facilitators, Instructors, Sessions, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022

Mathieu Réguer is an independent typeface designer based in Paris. He designed and produced custom font families for institutions and brands such as the French State, the Tasmanian West Coast, Culture Amp, Evolved by Nature or World Rugby. Mathieu enjoys programming tools and taking fonts apart. He is one of the founders of the typeface design programme at TypeParis, and has been a core instructor since the first session in 2015.

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Jean François Porchez

Jean François Porchez

Facilitators, Instructors, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022

Founder of Typofonderie, type director of ZeCraft, Jean François Porchez is one of the pioneers of digital typography. Transmitter of knowledge and discoverer of talents, teamwork is at the heart of his concerns. It is also for these reasons that he launched TypeParis in 2015. He was awarded the Prix Charles Peignot in 1998 and numerous prizes for his typefaces. Introduced to French Who’s Who in 2009. In 2014, Perrousseaux publishes his monograph. Knight in the order of Arts and Letters in 2015. The President of France, Emmanuel Macron use his typefaces for his communication since 2017.

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