How can you apply the shapes and theories of pointed nib calligraphy to a typography design? In this workshop, participants will be guided to approach the use of the pointed nib in calligraphic styles such as copperplate or Spencerian, to understand from the practice characteristics that can be translated further back to typographical language such as: angle, stress, type and amount of contrast (expansion contrast), rhythm, slanting, and letter joint.
In order to later start drawing a typeface calligraphic design: an introductory practice, covering the basics to start writing cursive styles, first with a pencil, then with the pointed tip tool. At the same time, an analysis not only from a purely empirical perspective but also from the practice to make evident what can or cannot be done with a pointed instrument and the differences with a typeface with a mechanical expansion contrast or a cursive typeface, letting the student know the possibilities you get if you follow the pointed tool logic and the hand or digital draw kindness.
At the end of the day, the attendee will know how to begin creating a typographic cursive system. The target participants are students and typeface designers not overly familiar with cursive styles and with no knowledge about pointed nib calligraphy; those who wish to understand the logic of the instrument and to improve their ability to design a cursive typeface.
This workshop is an approach to calligraphy not as an artistic expression or for the purpose of professionalizing in the area, but as an exploration of techniques to apply knowledge in the typographic area.