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Week 04: Think Big

TypeParis is coming to an end. The penultimate week was a big one, with lots of hard work put in to bring the attendees close to finishing their character sets for the final stretch.

Monday was the day the attendees had to have all 52 upper and lowercase ready! The morning was spent looking over the attendees’ results to date, and continuing the digitisation of their typefaces. We had the great pleasure of welcoming Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer back to the TypeParis classroom, who joined the group to teach them about spacing their typefaces. They learnt about spacing strings, techniques in Glyphs to help make spacing more efficient, the optical considerations of spacing round shapes against straight and more. The afternoon was spent using that knowledge to improve our spacing and expanding the character set.

On Tuesday Xavier and Mathieu spent the morning talking about numerals and proportions. This was the last morning with Xavier; it was sad to say goodbye to him, and so good of him to return for one more day. Everyone enjoyed very much his input, know-how and dry wit. In the afternoon Mathieu covered an important and fascinating topic: drawing and spacing punctuation. The typefaces are really starting to come together!

As always, Wednesday was a big and exciting day, with Alexandra Korolkova visiting as honoured international guest speaker and critic. Alexandra talked about the construction and history of Cyrillic characters, and the challenges in matching them with Latin script in a fascinating slide she presented in the morning.

In the afternoon Rainer talked about diacritic marks in Glyphs, and demonstrated the use of components to make the process more efficient. Read more about the TypeParis Talks with Alexandra and Bernard Bréchet and watch the videos recorded on the night here on their talk page.

The attendees had a day off for Bastille Day. A few met at a cafe with Jean François, Indra & Nick to catch up and chat about life and type, and afterwards headed to Luxembourg Gardens for a beer before heading to see the fireworks at the Eiffel Tower.

Friday was spent recovering, whilst some attendees headed to the Typofonderie studio to continue working on their typeface project. What a great week!

— By Dave Coleman

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