by Chelsey Dyer. Photos by Grant Hutchinson.
Recently Fairgoods hosted Tickling Béziers Calgary: A Three-Day Type Design Workshop at the Fluevog Museum. The three-day immersive workshop was taught by type designer and lettering artist Neil Summerour. The workshop included exploring hand lettering with brush, marker, pencil, and pen techniques. As well as learning how to refine and bring your composition into the digital space.
Throughout the course of the three days Neil presented various demonstrations as well as smaller one on one demos to when someone needed an extra nudge in the right direction. After warming up we were all hard at work developing our compositions and getting bolder, sometimes too bold, with our swashes and variations. The group critique on day two was especially interesting. With all of the attendees working hard on their own compositions it was really valuable to take a step back and appreciate where we had all started that morning and how far we had come, as well as how far we all had to go. Within our group there was a lot of variation in of style not only in lettering but in word choice as well.
At the end of day two everyone had a composition ready to be digitized and developed further in the digital space on Day Three. On Day Three attendees had the choice to continue working on hand skills or to follow along with Neil’s presentation on proper digitizing techniques. This is where unlearning bad habits and picking up good ones is key in order for us to accurately depict our letters. The day involved practice in manipulating bézier curves in Adobe Illustrator and for a few students an introduction the Glyphs. As we were wrapping up our digital work Neil gave each attendee a hand lettered piece of their name as a keepsake from the weekend.
For many of the attendees a portion of the workshop was spent unlearning bad habits; everything from holding a pen or pencil inefficiently, poor posture, and terrible digital habits no one knew existed. While we tried to correct our bad behaviours we were also trying to pick up the new skills and tricks as Neil doled out. Despite the learning curves the three days were fun and extremely interesting.
Many thanks to you Neil, Calgary can not wait to have you back!