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. Previous years had seen as guest tutors heavyweights of type industry such as Bruno Maag, Erik van Blokland, and Fred Smeijers. The 2015 Type Week will carry on with a unique, multi-faceted, and practical experience in learning about type. Fred Smeijers – a reference name in the world of type design – will be once again our guest tutor. The practical start and introduction to type design are based on a teaching method in which stencils play an important role. Another new feature of this year's edition will be several lectures on the history and evolution of stencil type presented by researcher Eric Kindel, who will join us in Urbino as a guest-lecturer. This year's program 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. The second track will be an equally suitable option for the students who attended the previous 2014 edition. An interesting program comprising lectures and practical sessions will provide the participants with information, skills, and techniques in type design, as part of a critical design process. The ISIA Type Design Week 2015 will take place between July 20 through 24, on the premises of ISIA, the High Institute for Applied Arts, a spectacular former convent in the heart of the Renaissance town of Urbino. Urbino is a walled city and a World Heritage Site in a lush and hilly area in the Marche region.
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, and Associate Professor in the 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.
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 20 / 24
Deadline: May 29
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 May 29, 2015. 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.
A maximum of 30 students will be accepted. The selection will be made by the teachers of the Type Design Week.
Accomodation & Transportation
You can book a room in the university campus designed by the architect Giancarlo de Carlo. The costs are 28€ per night.
In order to book a room you need to fill this form and pay by bank tranfer. Bank account details are going to be communicated to the selected applicants.
You can also book a room in any of the hotels in Urbino.
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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