Plantin Institute of Typography
Plantin Instituut voor Typograﬁe
The Expert class Type design course comprises ten lessons in the auditorium of the Museum Plantin-Moretus over a period of roughly three quarters of a year. The purpose of the course is to facilitate students’ exploration and analyzation of the historical and technical (production) aspects of type and typography, to teach them how to design type into detail, to help them to develop an in-depth insight in the process of digital font production, and to support them to gain control over related software.
An important aspect of the course is the direct exchange of knowledge and experience between the students. This exchange is stimulated by a type-revival project on which the students have to work together. The revival is always based on unique historical material from the renowned collection of the Museum Plantin-Moretus. Besides taking part in the revival project, each student personally has to design a new typeface, whether completely from scratch or being a revival that, for example, is also based on material from the museum’s collection. The course culminates in an exhibition that yearly takes place at the Museum Plantin-Moretus, or occasionally at an exquisite location elsewhere in Belgium or the Netherlands.
This course is taught by type designer, font producer, software developer, and Senior Lecturer Dr. Frank E. Blokland.
If you have any doubts or questions about our Expert class Type design course, do not hesitate to visit our Open day on Saturday April 28th. The students and lecturer are eager to answer all your questions!
It is the perfect opportunity to see the work of graduates – the group work as well as the individual typefaces –, enjoy the classroom’s atmosphere and get to know the Dr. Frank E. Blokland.
Also, during a trial lesson you will get the chance to learn about the influence of calligraphy on type design.
11h: Information session
13h: Information session
13h: Trial lesson calligraphy
Would you like to join? Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance and receive a free ticket to visit the Museum Plantin-Moretus afterwards.