ITF conducted its first typographic workshop, in collaboration with the MIT Institute of Design in Pune.
The intention of this two days workshop was to examine and understand the anatomy of the alphabet through a formal analysis of letters, and propose two new graphemes.
Students started with an analysis of Latin alphabet system, studying the relationships of upper and lower case, formal and informal writing (constructed vs cursive writing) and grouping and categorising of letters. In the first day, students proceded with handwriting exercises aimed at deeper understanding of the existing structure of the alphabet. In the day two, students analysed existing typefaces, and tried to integrate the new symbols in the chosen typeface. They used vector drawing tools to define the shapes following the given design parameters.
This short workshop demonstrated that type design is more than just drawing individual shapes but it is about understanding construction principles and structure of the chosen writing script. Thanks for the MIT students for their hard work!