Font Diner Route 66 Sign Safari & Font Making Workshop

Date: August 11 – 13, 2017
Presented by: Stuart Sandler & Dathan Boardman
Cost: $200 Student/$240 Professional (Three Day Workshop)
Maximum Participants: 36
Location: St. Louis, Missouri

9:45 a.m – 3:30 p.m.
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Established in 1996 with over 1,200 fonts under our belt, nothing gets us more excited at the Font Diner than hitting the open road and laying our eyeballs on the actual signage and ephemera that has inspired our retro American display font library. We’re excited to bring that experience to you as we teach you how to make you make your very own font! We’re not talking a few words or letters, but an actual typeable font you can use for your very own projects or use as you wish!

The main reason we selected St. Louis for this workshop is because it’s part of the Route 66 story and it’s still chock full of amazing signage still intact from the 1950s and 1960s! We’ll spend the first full day shooting photographs of these amazing signs throughout the city stopping every so often for passengers to swap from car-to-car with 3-4 stops along the way! By the end of the day, you’ll have some amazing vintage sign photos and a swell new group of pals!

The second day will be totally focused on vector letter tracing/drawing basics using the photos we shot the day previously as your reference and our goal is to help you complete a set of 26 capital letters by the end of the day. On our third day together, we’ll switch gears and spend the day importing your letters, spacing, kerning and generating your first font!

While we’re together throughout the weekend, we’ll have a host of special surprise evening events that we can’t wait to share with you and you’ll leave with a strong foundation 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 and participants must be prepared to attend all three days. All participants must provide their own transportation, 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.

When & Where
Fri, Aug 11, 2017 - Sun, Aug 13, 2017 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saint Louis, Missouri