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Week #3 Paper to digital

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The programme kept running despite the record-breaking heat in the city. Once again, the week began out of Le Tank. It was time for two new (and last) visits: Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal and Bibliothèque Mazarine. In both libraries, the attendees had the opportunity to look into a large selection of rare printed type books and old specimens in order to keep compiling references for their own projects.

Week #3 Paper to digital

TypeParis crew at the Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal.

Week #3 Paper to digital

Jean François Porchez explaining the punchcutting process.

Week #3 Paper to digital

Week #3 Paper to digital

Week #3 Paper to digital

Week #3 Paper to digital

Week #3 Paper to digital

Miquel, Acra and Jessica analyzing an old book in detail.

Week #3 Paper to digital

Nicole, Trine and Olga admiring one of the rares books at the Bibliothèque Mazarine.

Week #3 Paper to digital

Classic group photo at the breathtaking Bibliothèque Mazarine.

Back to the classroom, the students expanded their project concept to a full typeface family: exploring extreme weights, display versions and even italics! Later on, they switched to digital workflow to complete the basic set of lowercases and uppercases. However, to focus on the design and keep it consistent through all variations, sometimes they went back to calligraphy or tracing paper methods. Instructors also introduced figures and diacritics to the attendees.

Last, but not least, we also received Andrea Tinnes as the guest critic of the week. Andrea helped, one by one, all the students giving them her fresh review.

Week #3 Paper to digital

Week #3 Paper to digital

Andrea Tinnes during her type critic with Shreya and Acra.

Week #3 Paper to digital

Week #3 Paper to digital

Marc Rouauld and Mathieu Réguer during the Saturday global review, already digital.

We have asked some of the attendees about their feelings this third week in order to learn more about how they develop themselves within the programme.

It’s really exciting to see your typeface born and taking shape!

Week #3 Paper to digital

Melanie with Andrea Tinnes during the type critic.

Melanie de Bossoreille (Paris) What I enjoyed most in the third week was the special time I spent with Mathieu Réguer. His feedback was super beneficial for the design of my typeface and for my personal motivation! Last week, I had the opportunity to learn a lot about the construction and mechanism of letters. It’s really exciting to see your typography born and taking shape. Specially to know that I am the one who has made it. Amazing!

On the other hand, honestly, the week has been very hard. Between the heat and the 12-hour work days, the rhythm was really intensive.

I really wish the program lasted longer than 5 weeks because I don’t want it to end!

Week #3 Paper to digital

Scott carefully listening to the instructors.

Scott Biersack (US) I thoroughly enjoyed learning and seeing more about Andrea Tinnes’ typography project and the extensive work she created for herself. Really inspiring to see! One thing that was mentioned during Andrea’s talk was the use of Font Mastering studios. I had no clue this sort of thing existed and it makes me to want to explore that since it’s such a tedious aspect of typeface design ;)

Overall, I am feeling pretty good about my project and am still eager to learn more. I really wish the program lasted longer than 5 weeks because I don’t want it to end! It’s been exhausting, but very rewarding.

See you for Week #4!

– By Gina Serret.

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