Variable Font Workshop with Typearture

04.02.2021 - 06.02.2021

15.00 - 17.00

Online (locatie), Online

On February 4-6 you can participate in a workshop about variable fonts. Workshop leader Arthur Reinders Folmer from Typearture will introduce you to the variable font technology and teach you how to create your own working font and how to implement it in HTML/CSS.

What will be covered?

  • Introduction: what are variable fonts, how does it work, what are the possibilities?

  • Glyphs app: how to create a letter, how to make it variable?

  • Creation: design one or more characters in Glyphs

  • Implementation: export to a variable font file, set up CSS and HTML page

  • Playing: test and refine the variable font

As the workshop is split over three days, in sessions of 2 hours, you will spend day one looking at some of the key things you need to know about variable fonts and start creating or own. On day two you will look at the results of day one and introduce color fonts. On day three participants will look at each other’s color font results and learn how to implement the fonts in HTML/CSS.

About Typearture

Typearture is Arthur Reinders Folmer. From his base in Haarlem he runs an illustration and design studio called Arthus and under the name Typearture he creates typefaces which are highly conceptual, illustrative or ornamental.

Arthur likes to play with the limitations of type technology. His fonts are not just collections of glyphs, but typefaces that use the conventions of type design and written language to tell their stories. To weave stories throughout a typeface, connecting A to Z and the Lemniscate to Question mark. To give each character has its place and meaning, making each keystroke a small tale in itself.

With the recent introduction of variable fonts and increasing support for color fonts, his adventures continue, using these new technologies to experiment further, hoping to find new methods for type design and use of typography.

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For Who?

The workshop is open to everyone interested in typeface design and technology. You know how to draw in a vector based program like Illustrator, Figma, Affinity Design or Inkscape. Nice to have but not necessary: basic knowledge of html, css and Javascript.

What hardware/software do I need?

  • A Mac

  • A vector drawing program as mentioned above

  • A pre-installed version or free trial of Glyphs 3. During the workshop creating variable fonts in Glyphs 2, will be covered as well.

  • Zoom


  • This workshop is split over three days. The virtual doors are open at 2:45, the start is at 3 pm cet. The workshop will be recorded and available for attendees to watch back, to one week after the workshop.

  • Location: online

  • The workshop will be given in English

  • Ticket price: 50 euro

  • Glyphs App required