In-Person Core: Taming the Python
Scripting can be a useful addition to a type designer's toolbox — even a general knowledge of scripting can yield valuable new perspectives regarding fonts and design. This beginner-friendly workshop will introduce the basics of Python 3, the programming language which has become a central tool for type designers. Python is known for being accessible to newcomers and can allow for powerful customization of workflows using one's own scripts.
Taught from the perspective of a designer who codes, this online and in-person workshop held over four days (Wednesdays, July 13 and July 27 online and Saturday-Sunday, July 16 and 17 in-person) and will introduce programming basics in a visual and hands-on way. No prior knowledge required! Instructor Nina Stössinger will explore ways of working with data to create illustrations, animations, and visualizations; and will explore how these techniques can connect to a type-design workflow. This course will be working in DrawBot — a standalone scripting environment — and may also address type-design applications in RoboFont.
Note: This workshop is only open to students enrolled in the Type West Online Postgraduate Certificate Program in Type Design.