From forms to alphabets: Sketching and investigating experimental letterforms

From forms to alphabets: Sketching and investigating experimental letterforms
with Sun Helen Isdahl Kalvenes, Maria Doreuli

Workshop at Letterform Archive
Type West Public Workshop
Sat–Sun, Feb 9–10, 2019
10:00am–5:00pm PDT

In this two day analog workshop we will be working hands on to investigate how to come up with original ideas, shapes, and letterforms. Spend the weekend exploring various sketching techniques, experimenting with tools, and doing fast sketching exercises.

Learn about how the different letter parts can be reused, repurposed and modified. We will investigate the various components that make up a letterform by looking at and decomposing the alphabet. Leave your computers at home, and lets get our hands dirty, by crafting, looking at and analyzing all kinds of letterforms. Your results will be personal and unique, and as a bonus we assure you some happy accidents will occur.

No previous experience needed.

Required Materials
  • White tracing paper
  • Large sheets of black & white paper
  • Black sharpies
  • White out
  • Ink and plastic cups
  • Paint brushes
  • Scissors & X-acto knife
  • Glue & tape
About Sun Helen Isdahl Kalvenes

Sun Helen Isdahl Kalvenes is a type and graphic designer from Stavanger, Norway. She enjoys working with all kinds of type related projects, small and large, from custom typefaces to individual logotypes and type treatments. She holds a BA degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts school of Design in Copenhagen, and a MA from TypeMedia at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague. She is currently living in Oakland, California with her husband and son.

About Maria Doreuli

Maria Doreuli earned masters degrees at the Moscow State University of Printing and the TypeMedia course at The Royal Academy of Art in the Hague. Her type has won numerous awards, including honors from the Type Directors Club and Morisawa. For several years she has run type design and lettering workshops in Russia and in 2014 she founded the Contrast Foundry in Moscow.