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Thinking With Your Hands

Letters can be drawn in so many different ways. Cyrus Highsmith’s approach is based on the importance of white space and sensitivity to shapes. It’s a method he applies to type design as well as image making of all kinds. For Highsmith, it’s a way of seeing the world. This workshop will be a messy, hands-on, and computer-free exploration of drawing, making, and thinking about letters.

Required Materials
  • flat brush (.5” or about 13mm) for ink
  • empty 4mm bullet tip paint marker or regular black marker
  • black ink (Sumi ink is good)
  • xacto knife
  • sketchbook (recommended size: about 6x9 or A5, blank white pages, if you already have a sketchbook you can use that one)
  • empty aluminum can
Supplies That Can Be Shared
  • lots of white drawing paper approximately 11x17-18x24, or A3 or A2 size
  • dish to use with ink & brush
  • newsprint or cheap printer paper for cutting
  • masking tape
  • sticks (like chop sticks or small pieces of wood)
  • cardboard scraps
  • sponge or foam to cut up
  • craft sticks for making handles
  • objects to draw (for example, cooking utensils, scissors, headphones, tape dispenser, teapot, chairs—objects with lots of different kinds shapes in them)

Part of the theme of the workshop is to make/improvise drawing tools so do not worry if you cannot find everything on this list. Everything should be pretty cheap and easy to get.

Letterform Archive has all of these items on hand, as well.

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 at least a week prior to the start of the workshop.

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