Launched in 2011, the ISIA Urbino Type Design Week is a one-week intense course in typeface design, held at the ISIA, High Institute for Applied Arts in Urbino, Italy. Previous years had seen as guest tutors heavyweights of type industry, such as Bruno Maag, Erik van Blokland, and Fred Smeijers. Smeijers – a reference name in the world of type design – will be, once again, the Type Week’s guest tutor. The 2016 Type Week sets to further explore the unconventional approach to type design applied in the last two editions, which resulted in a unique experience in learning about type. The practical start and introduction to type design are based on a teaching method developed by Smeijers, in which stencils play a central role. Next to Fred Smeijers, last year’s Type Week saw the participation of Eric Kindel, who complemented the program with several lectures on the history and evolution of stencil type. This year, Eric will join the teaching team - Fred Smeijers, Jonathan Pierini, and Riccardo Olocco - for the entire course duration. The ISIA Type Design Week will provide two tracks: one – introduction to type design for beginners, and a second track – for participants with a more advanced command of type design, having the chance to work on a personal project with the assistance of the teaching staff. An engaging program comprising practical sessions and lectures will provide the participants with information, skills, and type design techniques, as part of a critical design process. The ISIA Type Design Week 2016 will start on Monday, July 25, ending on Saturday morning, July 30. The course will takes place on the premises of ISIA, the High Institute for Applied Arts – a spectacular former convent in the heart of the Renaissance town of Urbino, a walled city and a Unesco World Heritage Site in a lush and hilly area in the Marche region of Italy.
Fred SmeijersFred Smeijers is a Dutch type designer, educator, researcher, and writer. One of the most versatile contemporary type designers, Smeijers has a whole range of distinctive typefaces to his credit. Among his retail typefaces are: FF Quadraat; TEFF Renard; DTL Nobel; Arnhem, Fresco, Sansa, Custodia, Ludwig, Puncho, and Bery series – all published by OurType, the label he co-founded in 2002. His custom type designs include typefaces for Philips Electronics, Tom-Tom, and Canon-Europe. Smeijers is the winner of Gerrit Noordzij Prize for outstanding contribution to type design, and author of Counterpunch (Hyphen Press, 1996, 2011) and Type Now (Hyphen Press, 2003). Smeijers is professor of type design at the HGB in Leipzig and research fellow at Plantin Museum in Antwerp.
Eric KindelEric Kindel is a designer, writer, editor, Professor and Head of Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading. His programme of research into the history of stencilling, begun in 1999, has encompassed episodes of stencil work found across a wide expanse of time and context, and has involved regular collaborations with Fred Smeijers. Recent publishing has included a survey of stencil typefaces (Eye magazine, 2013), a study of text stencilling as described by Gilles Filleau des Billettes in the 1690s (Typography papers 9, 2013), and a retelling of the invention and development of stencil letter dies in the USA in the middle decades of the nineteenth century (Journal der HGB #3: Vom Buch auf die Straße, 2014).
Riccardo OloccoRiccardo Olocco is a type and graphic designer who has been freelancing in Milan and around north Italy since the late 1990s. In 2008 he relocated to Bolzano/Bozen, a pretty small town close to the Dolomite mountains, to focus on his strong passion: type design. In Bolzano he started teaching typography at the local university and he got engaged in in-depth research about 15th century Venetian type design. In 2013–14 he attended the Master course in Type Design at the University of Reading where he fell in love with Bengali script. He currently lives between Bolzano and London where he is attending the PhD program at the University of Reading.
Jonathan PieriniJonathan Pierini is a type designer and graphic designer. He holds a BA in graphic design and visual communication from the ISIA Urbino and a MA in Type and Media from the Royal Academy of Arts of The Hague, The Netherlands. In 2010 Jonathan moves to London to work at Dalton Maag Ltd type design office, getting involved in projects for clients such as Nokia and Vodafone. He is currently working at the Free University of Bolzano Bozen – Faculty of Design and Art as Researcher and Lecturer. Since 2011 Jonathan organizes and lectures at the ISIA Urbino Type Design Week. From 2014 he is a Phd student in Typography and Graphic Communication at the University of Reading.
Call for candidates
Period: July 25 / 30
Deadline: June 5
We’re looking for students and professionals in the field of graphic, typographic, and typeface design with a passion for type. The nature of the course allows for various backgrounds, from beginners to seasoned practitioners, who will immerse into the world of type and acquire new practical skills, as well as learning to look at and design type in unconventional ways. Participants in the ISIA Urbino Type Design Week will become part of an international group of students coming from all over the world. We call for candidates who are interested to learn from the past, explore the present, and pave the future of their skills in typeface design in a unique, playful context.
To apply, send your CV and a short portfolio of your work in PDF format before June 05, 2016. Send your email with your name, family name, birthday, address (street, city, state, country) telephone, e-mail, school or office to [email protected]
If you will be accepted we will contact you shortly after submission. Within one week after notification, accepted applicants must have paid the enrollment fee to be officially registered as a student.
The course will run with a minimum of 20 students. The selection will be made by the teachers of the Type Design Week 2016.
Accommodation & Transportation
Urbino can be easily reached by a direct local bus service from the nearby train station of Pesaro.
You can take an international flight to one of the nearest airports in Rimini, Ancona and Bologna.
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