Euro

Wouldn’t it be great if a Type Designer worked at the European Union? Some thirty draft designs for a euro currency symbol were drawn up internally by the European Commission (…) Microsoft and other vendors have chosen to make glyphs for the symbol to be font and style specific (…) to make the euro symbol… Continue reading Euro

Nova Egmont

Nova Egmont is a modern serif font revival designed by Francisca Lopes, Miguel Moreira, and Pedro Correia, based on the original Egmont typeface designed Sjoerd Hendrik de Roos in 1930. The biggest challenge of this exercise was to perform a significant “customization” of the font without distorting the original reference. Initially, manual and digital sketches… Continue reading Nova Egmont

GT Academy: Type Design Tutorials

GT Academy: Lesson 12: Spacing

The Grilli Type Foundry has been publishing a series of small bite-sized tutorials on type design: the GT Academy. Currently, it features 17 “issues” published ranging from drawing basics to advanced optical compensations. It starts in a slightly different approach from ours: with the letter “a”. But then, the method is almost the same. Starting… Continue reading GT Academy: Type Design Tutorials

Aferis

Aferis specimen, taken from the project final presentation

The Aferis variable font consists of a multi-weight serif typeface, whose name is a playful anagram from “Serif”. It presents an Experimental axis in defiance of the “Type for text” briefing. Designed by Ana Margarida Calçada, David Rocha and Miguel Machado The first three masters in the weight axis are intended for small scales, such… Continue reading Aferis

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Invisible shapes

The final printed book edition of Ferreira's dissertation. To this day one of the best examples of the MDGPE.

Although this is not a work produced directly in this course, it was a master dissertation research by Carolina Ferreira that started and was supervised by the previous professor of this course, the Type Designer Dino dos Santos. And by my current colleague, professor Diniz Cayolla. As I’ve had the opportunity to do before, this… Continue reading Invisible shapes

Maenad

Final Maenad specimen posters

Maenad was one of the typeface projects developed during the 2020 semester. Designed and developed as a variable font by Ana Silva, Eva Halfers & Teresa Zagalo. ”Maenad” is a revival serif transitional text typeface based on Windsor and Americana typefaces. The concept was bringing the display feeling of the Windsor within the Americana. So… Continue reading Maenad

SLOType Workshop 2021

SLOType workshop (FBAUP, 2020)

This week, in the type design course, we will have once again two invited guests co-lecturing the speculative type design workshop “SLOType”. This workshop is part of on-going research on creativity and type design education that has started in 2018 with Ana Catarina Silva (IPCD-ESD / ID+) and Julien Priez (@booypaper). In 2020 Eduardo Napoleão… Continue reading SLOType Workshop 2021

Induction to writing and calligraphy

Last week we have initiated the semester. After an initial discussion on basic terms, we’ll finish this theoretical introduction with some calligraphy practice geared towards the foundational hand. During this semester, I’ll be updating the syllabus on this website with a sample of the materials and brief conceptual/theoretical notes from the classes’ slide decks. Make… Continue reading Induction to writing and calligraphy

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Hello world!

Welcome to the Overshoot website. This week we’ll start the academic activities —online, of course! During this year we’ll have many challenges. Starting with “how to start classes without knowing anyone in person”, and “not knowing if we’re ever going to meet in-person”. So activities are planned to be held strictly online. During this semester… Continue reading Hello world!