21 June 2015

Alphabet is Code — typography workshop with Nicole Arnett Phillips

Join Brisbane-based designer Nicole Arnett Phillips, aka Typograph.Her for this one-day typographic workshop.


Friday 24th July, 9.00am–4.00pm


Studio One Toi Tū,
1 Ponsonby Road


$295 Professional
$265 Design Assembly Friend (Not a Design Assembly Friend? Click here for details)
$175 Design Assembly Student Friend
(Not a Design Assembly Student Friend? It’s free to sign up. Click here for details)


Tickets available via Eventbrite


Alphabet is code.


Typography can and should perform both directly and indirectly. In this hands-on masterclass we begin with examining the origins and evolution of visual language to explore the different ways text conveys meaning.


Designing letterforms is a discipline of limitation rather than creative freedom. But the bounds of familiarity are the perfect restraints to begin creative exploration, experimentation and expression.


As a group we will discuss typography as its own dialect, as we start to interrogate what sound looks like.


Through a series of guided sequential drawings, participants learn to construct and deconstruct conventional and abstract glyphs, letterforms and characters.


Attendees will undertake 16 pencil sketch exercises to warm up (as they get an understanding of the concepts and drawing techniques), before creating their own piece of hand-generated typography that conveys meaning both figuratively and literally.


Participants will need:


  • 3 x A4 sheets of trace
  • 20 x A4 sheets of drawing paper (white)
  • 1 HB pencil
  • 1 blue coloured pencil
  • 1 ruler, an eraser and a sharpener are always handy too.


We will supply printed notes/tools/tips/tricks/cheat-sheets


19 x A4 printed pages

About the facilitator:


My Name is Nicole Arnett Phillips. I am a homesick Aucklander! I have a design consulting business Nico!eap and also write, teach, publish, and curiously explore my profession as Typograph.Her.


I am an accomplished designer with 14 years experience in delivering creative, legible designs for the publishing, built environment and fashion industries.


A self-confessed nerd, I am particularly fond of the science and geometry behind letterforms, as well as the formulas that promote legibility. I get really excited by negative space in typography, and love to experiment with deconstruct/abstract typographic form.


I celebrate and relish design methodology and process in all my creative work.


As a a printmaker, I use letterpress to test ideas, experiment, play and continue my own learning.


I am a published author on the fields of typography and design, and have been recognised with a number of local and international publishing, art and design awards.


I divide my working week between design consultancy (client/commission) and self-generated publishing, typographic and printmaking adventures. This year I am will be doing a lot more teaching here in Australia (particularly in collaboration with Designworks and Old School New School).