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Ksenya Samarskaya is the founding member of Samarskaya & Partners, drafting type to push against
the limits of technology, radiate legibly on small screens, and trigger nuanced algorithms of emotion and history.

Clients and collaborators include Adobe, Apple, Best Made Co., Birnam Wood, Design MW, Font Bureau, Google, Frere-Jones, Hoefler & Co., Ideo, JaegerSloan, Light+Ladder, McCann, MCKL, Monotype, Snoop Dogg, Trollback + Co., WeWork, and YouTube.

2015-2017 AIGA/NY Board of Directors. TDC63 Judge. Communication Arts 2017 Judge. 2017 TISDC TW Judge.

• Learn about the nitty gritty of type design

• Navigate the creation of fonts as an individual project or as a relay

Explore different areas of the unicode

• Complete a workable, functional typeface

SKILLS:

- Type Design

- Calligraphy

Art Direction

- Brand Strategy

- Cyrillic Type Design

- Greek Type Design

- Latin Type Design

- Team Leadership

- Visual Design

DATE: 12 - 30 Mar 2018

DURATION: 3 Weeks

LECTURES: 3 Hours per day

LANGUAGE: English

LOCATION: Barcelona, Harbour.Space Campus

COURSE TYPE: Offline

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
ABOUT KSENYA
BIBLIOGRAPHY
HARBOUR.SPACE 

THE STEPPING STONES OF TYPE DESIGN

After immersing ourselves into the world of existing typography, and honing our skills in discussing, classifying, and hunting for fonts, sometimes we reach a dead end: the typeface that meets our objectives doesn’t yet exist.

In this module we’ll start the descent into the tower of making our own typeface. Working individually or in small groups, participants will fast forward through the process of dictating a project brief, sketching ideas, drawing, correcting for proper point structure, spacing, and kerning their typeface. Additionally, each participant will conduct research and be responsible for a presentation on a chosen segment of the unicode.

At the end of the module, the participants will come away with an operable OpenType font they can apply to their other coursework and future design projects.

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SAMARSKAYA

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We offer innovative university degrees taught in English by industry leaders from around the world, aimed at giving our students meaningful and creatively satisfying top-level professional futures. We think the future is bright if you make it so.

HARBOUR.SPACE UNIVERSITY

DATE: 12  –  30 Mar, 2018

DURATION: 3 Weeks

LECTURES: 3 Hours per day

LANGUAGE: English

LOCATION: Barcelona, Harbour.Space Campus

COURSE TYPE: Offline

THE STEPPING STONES OF TYPE DESIGN

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COURSE OUTLINE

Session 6-10

Type Design Phase II

Building out the alphabet
- Individual work-sessions

Discussions & Presentations

Field trips & visiting guests: what’s it like to work as a type designer?
- Group critiques of in-progress projects
- Unicode presentations

Session 11-15

Type Design Phase III

Finalizing the alphabet
- Touching on spacing, kerning, and typesetting
- Using our freshly made fonts in a layout, and celebrating its completion

Discussion

Group critiques of in-progress projects
Unicode presentations
- What next? How to keep learning and perfecting your skill after this module is over.

Sessions 1-5

Lectures & Discussions

Select a typographic style or category to work on
- Select an area of unicode to research and design
- Select your team for the term of the module

Assignments 

Setting objectives for the typeface: you
can’t score without a goal
- Individually sketch type ideas and concepts
- Select roles for the group (art director, unicode x expert, typographer, etc.)

Type Design Phase I

Initial sketches, and isolating key characteristics
- Bezier curves and software primer
- Drawing the controls: HODnop

After immersing ourselves into the world of existing typography, and honing our skills in discussing, classifying, and hunting for fonts, sometimes we reach a dead end: the typeface that meets our objectives doesn’t yet exist.

In this module we’ll start the descent into the tower of making our own typeface. Working individually or in small groups, participants will fast forward through the
process of dictating a project
brief, sketching ideas, drawing, correcting for proper point structure, spacing, and kerning their typeface. Additionally, each participant will conduct research and be responsible for a presentation on a chosen segment of the unicode.

At the end of the module, the participants will come away with an operable OpenType font they can apply to their other coursework and future design projects.

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