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House Industries

Hand-Lettering in Graphic Design
(2-day workshop)
Date: October 3–4, 2011
Time: 10:00–19:00
Location: Gestalten Space, Sophie-Gips-Höfe, Sophienstraße 21, 10178 Berlin, Germany
Language: English
Limited to 20 participants.

House Industries’ lead letterer Ken Barber will conduct a two-day workshop exploring the creative process of hand-lettering and the application of illustrative letterforms in contemporary graphic design. Sharing some of the studio’s best-kept secrets, Ken will introduce participants to letter-drawing basics, various production techniques utilized to create sophisticated letterforms, and an instructional demonstration on how to digitize and vectorize analog lettering. Participants will take what they've learned and apply these hands-on techniques to design their own custom wordmarks.

The following materials will be supplied for you during the workshop:

- pencils

- pencil sharpeners

- eraser
- pad of tracing paper

- Sharpie® Extra Fine markers

About the host

Ken Barber

Letterer, Type Designer, and Type Director at House Industries

Ken Barber is a letterer, type designer, and type director at design studio and type foundry House Industries. He is also a partner of Photo-Lettering, Inc., an online lettering-vending service. As such, Ken is particularly interested in the roles that hand-lettering and typography play in contemporary graphic design. His work is featured in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and has been honored by the New York Type Directors Club. Ken was included among 40 artists recognized for making notable contributions to typeface design in "Schrift in Form," an exhibition at the Klingspor-Museum. In addition to teaching at Maryland Institute College of Art and the University of Delaware, he regularly lectures internationally on the subjects of lettering and typography. Ken also manages, an online resource for students and attendees of his frequent workshops.

Gestalten Space

Sophienstraße 21
10178 Berlin
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