Font Seed Letterpress Font Making Workshop

Friday, March 6 - Sunday, March 8, 2020

This intensive three-day workshop led by Stuart Sandler and Dathan Boardman of the retro type foundry, Font Diner and co-founders of Font Seed, is perfect for designers and letterpress lovers alike who want to learn how to make their very first digital font!

The workshop starts off with a Friday night letterpress printing session (7-9pm) where you'll print and photograph your own specimen with wood type from Hamilton's amazing collection to use as your font reference for the workshop.

On Saturday (9am - 5pm) we'll be focused on vector letter tracing/drawing basics using our scanned reference and our goal is to help you complete a set of 26 capital letters by the end of the day. Dinner is on your own and then join us for a fun evening group activity. On Sunday (9am - 2pm), we’ll switch gears and spend the day importing your letters, spacing, kerning and generating your first font!

After lunch, you can keep cooking away on your font or enjoy the rest of the afternoon to print your own letterpress souvenir specimen poster from the original source and the day finishes up at 2:00 pm. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes that may get ink on them while you print on Friday and Sunday.

Lunch is available both Saturday and Sunday for $10 per person and includes a beverage (or you can pack your own and eat at the museum).

You’ll leave with a strong foundation of how to develop your own typefaces and how to expand on the font you’ve created at this workshop to use as you wish!

This is a three-day workshop with a required Friday night event and participants must be prepared to attend both days and the event. All participants must provide a Macintosh laptop computer and must be proficient with either Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape which will need be installed on your laptop prior to the workshop. As part of your registration, you’ll also receive a trial version of the Glyphs font making application which you will install just prior to the workshop. If you need to find lodging in the Two Rivers area, check out our Lodging Page.

Space is limited, so reservations and a $125 non-refundable deposit when you sign up are required. The $100 to fulfill the full cost of $225 of the workshop will be due at the beginning of the workshop. We accept cash, credit card or check. Because of the nature of the pressroom and the pieces being used participants in the workshop must be 18 years or older. Please fill out the registration form below to reserve your place in the workshop. If you have any questions please e-mail us at or call ( 920) 794-6272.

A minimum of 6 workshop attendees is required in order for the workshop to be held, if this minimum number is not met, the workshop will be cancelled and deposits will be refunded.

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