Animating Variable Fonts

Animating Variable Fonts
with Lynne Yun, Kevin Yeh

Type West Public Workshop
Online Workshop
Wed, Aug 18, – Thu, Aug 26, 2021
5:00pm–8:00pm PDT

Variable fonts have been a topic of growing curiosity in the type world — but how do we use them on the web? Have you ever thought about building your own variable type tester, or wondered how they could be brought to life through code?

Over four evenings (August 18, 19, 25 & 26), this beginner-friendly course will cover the fundamentals of programming using both HTML+CSS web basics and P5.js, a beginner-friendly Javascript framework. We’ll explore how to utilize these tools with variable fonts to create interesting digital experiences, opening new doors and finding fresh avenues for experimentation … and fun!

Techniques covered in this course will include introductory HTML, CSS, and Javascript concepts, and how they can be applied to time and interaction-based CSS manipulation and animation on the web using variable font features.

Learning Outcomes
  • Understanding of variable fonts and their capabilities
  • Foundational knowledge of Javascript/CSS
  • Comfort in the P5.js Web Editor Environment
Required Materials
  • Access to a laptop computer (or equivalent)
  • Reliable internet connection for attending Zoom sessions and doing homework assignments
Diversity and Equity Scholarship

Diversity and Equity are important to all of us at Letterform Archive, and we are committed to increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups within the type and design communities.

We are offering one BIPOC/Equity scholarship seat in this workshop.

To apply for this scholarship, please complete and submit to us the short form linked here a week prior to the start of the workshop.

About Lynne Yun

Lynne Yun is an NYC-based type designer and educator who specializes in typography, hand lettering, and calligraphy. She is a partner at Space Type Continuum, a Brooklyn based type studio that operates at the intersection of type, design, and technology. Lynne was previously a full time type designer at Monotype, and served on the board of AIGA NY and Society of Scribes. Prior to working at Monotype, Lynne held positions as a graphic designer at Apple Inc., Publicis, and Deutsch. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, a postgraduate certificate in typeface design from the Type@Cooper Extended Program. In pursuit of technology in relation to letterforms, she attended the School for Poetic Computation residency program and obtained a Masters degree from ITP at New York University. Her work has been recognized by organizations such as AIGA, Type Directors Club and the Art Directors Club.

Find her on Instagram and Twitter.

About Kevin Yeh

Kevin Yeh is a partner at Space Type Continuum, a Brooklyn based type studio that operates at the intersection of type, design, and technology. Kevin has a background in computer vision, graphics and robotic learning, and holds an MS in computer science and film studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He also works at Nava PBC, where he partners with government agencies to build simple and reliable public digital services. Prior to Nava, he supported artists and creatives as an engineer at Kickstarter, acted as director of innovation for HackTX, and participated in the hackNY residential fellowship as a student and mentor.

As a technologist, his work reflects broad and varied interests to imagine, reconstruct, and relate to the natural world through the lenses of augmented reality, computer animation, and mobile hardware. By wrangling complex machinations and building open and accessible tools, he hopes to empower others to experiment with and leverage technology within their own communities to create something new.

Find him on Instagram and Twitter.

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