Type selection and pairing has never been a straightforward task. The rapid increase of new typefaces, formats, and licensing options hasn’t made it any easier. This explosion of choice can be either intimidating or empowering; it all depends on your knowledge and skill set. In this workshop we’ll learn techniques that can make finding the right font one of the best parts of any job. Build a broader and smarter selection criteria, understand the connections between form and function, catch up on the latest suppliers and purchasing models, learn how to break free of overused fonts, and generally see typefaces with new eyes.
Stephen Coles, Letterform Archive’s Associate Curator & Editorial Director, joined the staff after serving on our Board of Directors since its inception. Born in Salt Lake City, he moved to San Francisco in 2004 to serve as FontShop’s creative director. He later worked as an independent consultant, connecting font makers with font users, and wrote the book The Anatomy of Type. With his background in design and journalism, combined with an obsession for type history, Stephen is responsible for the online face and voice of the Archive, and helps to shape the future of the collection. He will continue to publish the influential websites Typographica and Fonts In Use which will now frequently feature content from the Archive.