Expert Font Mastering

Fonts are software, and software is all about technical precizion presicion precision. When it comes to producing tip-top fonts, it’s critical that your files and data be airtight, optimized, compliant and compatible. This session goes surgical on the core aspects of font mastering, including vector & class proofing, encoding, meta data, vertical metrics, rendering, and more.

TOPICS  Validating vectors; optimal meta data; encoding options; demystifying name tables and vertical metrics; ideal rendering settings; proofing techniques; productizing.

SOFTWARE  We’ll be using FontLab Studio 5: the current industry standard for font development.

OPTIONAL Bring a Mac or Windows laptop, preinstalled with FontLab Studio 5 (demo or full version) if you’d like to follow along. We’ll provide a copy of the (PSY/OPS) font we’ll be be demo-ing with.

• The two-hour workshop
• Snacks and refreshments
• A selection of PSY/OPS fonts
• Type-inspired art cards and goodies
• Wi-Fi and other amenities are also available on site.

PREREQUISITES  No prior experience with FontLab, type design or graphic design necessary — though it can’t hurt to have it. All skill levels welcome!

DIFFICULTY LEVEL  Intermediate to Advanced.

APPROACH  The workshop sessions consist of informational briefs, walkthroughs and hands-on exercises. This workshop packs in a lot of information, but it is conducted in an easygoing, conversational manner. Open Q&A is encouraged throughout.

INSTRUCTOR  Rod Cavazos is Principal Designer at PSY/OPS Type Foundry. He has designed typefaces for world class clients and brands for 20 years. He is an Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts where he’s taught the popular Type Design Studio for 8 years. He is also Chief Creative at Glyfyx Inc, a startup dedicated to the development of letter-based toys, games and art objects.

FORMAT Small group intensive. Two hours.

SIZE  Ten seats. Early registration recommended.

PSY/OPS Type Foundry
944 Market Street, Studio 504
San Francisco CA 94102

We’re located a half block west of Powell / Fifth Streets. BART and MUNI stop nearby. There are several parking garages in the area: Mission/Fifth, Ellis/O’Farrell. The nearest is across the street on Mason, at Hotel Metropolis ($20 flat rate valet). Street parking is not available in this area. :: Bikes can be parked in the basement of our building. Bring a lock; and ask the lobby guard for access. :: Sign in at the lobby before going up to the fifth floor. Our studio is straight across from the elevator lobby.

TERMS & CONDITIONS  Please read our Terms & Conditions before registering, and contact us if you have any questions.

STUDENT PRICING  is made available to students actively enrolled in 12 or more units (or equivalent). A photo ID and proof of enrollment will be requested after you register for a class. :: If you are a student taking fewer than 12 units; have graduated recently; are an instructor; or have other circumstances that require special consideration, please contact us to discuss them.

Registration: $40
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