Experimental typography workshop with Dennis Grauel

Workshop
June 25 2022
A topographic map of Adelaide's Eastern suburbia, with letters 'ABC' drawn in purple using streets as a guide.
A topographic map of Adelaide's Eastern suburbia, with letters 'ABC' drawn in purple using streets as a guide.

Create a collaborative font and learn the basics of font editing in Glyphs

When

Online

June 25 2022

11am to 3pm

Create a collaborative font and learn the basics of font editing in Glyphs, with type and graphic designer (and maker of our new ‘ACE’ font) Dennis Grauel.

This experimental typography workshop will explore connections between the acts of mapping and typeface design, drawing on decolonial critique and collective approaches to font making.

Through his practice and this workshop, Dennis asks the questions: can we create typefaces that are grounded in a place; what possibilities and limitations might we discover through making fonts which respond to locality (on this continent)?

One of Dennis' first typefaces, Brunswick Grotesque, was an attempt to capture a sense of place. Grauel is interested in revisiting this challenge, together with participants, with a more critical lens.

Full price: $60.00
Concession/ACE Associate: $40.00

Feature Image: Courtesy Dennis Grauel.

Designer

Dennis Grauel
A single letter 'a' presented on a black background.
A single letter 'a' presented on a black background.
Courtesy Dennis Grauel.

Outcome

A collectively made font which will be shared with participants a few days/weeks after the workshop.

Equipment needed

Computer – Mac is ideal, otherwise a windows computer with adobe Illustrator or Inkscape will suffice.

Letters 'r', 'a' and 'r' within a computer program.
Letters 'r', 'a' and 'r' within a computer program.
Courtesy Dennis Grauel.

Come prepared with

Glyphs trial version (30 days free):  https://glyphsapp.com

Old street directories and miscellaneous maps (optional)

Further reading

An essay by Chris Lee, This was written on stolen Indigenous land, explores a connection between typography, mapping and legislation as pillars of statemaking that serve to legitimise colonial logics in a way that feels difficult to question.

A topographic map featuring the Onkaparinga River National Park and surrounds.
A topographic map featuring the Onkaparinga River National Park and surrounds.
Courtesy Dennis Grauel.

ACE's workshop program provides a unique opportunity to learn new skills and engage with leading contemporary artists in a creative, social and participatory environment. Designed to suit a range of skill levels and interests, these artist-led programs offer all audiences – from curious gallery-goers through to practicing artists – an opportunity to learn a range of creative techniques through hands-on, practical classes. All materials and light refreshments will be provided.

ACE tampinthi, ngadlu Kaurna yartangka panpapanpalyarninthi (inparrinthi). Kaurna miyurna yaitya mathanya Wama Tarntanyaku. Parnaku yailtya, parnaku tapa purruna, parnaku yarta ngadlu tampnthi. Yalaka Kaurna miyurna itu yailtya, tapa purruna, yarta kuma puru martinthi, puru warri-apinthi, puru tangka martulayinthi.

ACE respectfully acknowledges the traditional Country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains and pays respect to Elders past and present. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today.