Type@Cooper - Bring Your Own Problem: A Scripting Workshop for Pros

Bring Your Own Problem: A Scripting Workshop for Pros

with Frederik Berlaen and Andy Clymer

Sun., Jun. 18
10:00AM – 5:00
location: On campus

A discount is available to Typographics conference participants. A promotional discount code will be found on the PDF of qualifying conference tickets. Please apply the code to workshop registration.

In this one day workshop, participants have a unique opportunity to have their own RoboFont production and workflow problems solved by way of a live coding demonstration by Frederik Berlaen, with assistance by Andy Clymer. While Python programming knowledge is helpful for the workshop, it isn't required of the participants. But, abstract thinking is a must. Wondering how to make variable fonts? Problems with getting started with a project? Workflow feels like it needs optimizing? Wonder what you could really be doing with Python? Bring a problem!


  • Experience with designing a typeface in RoboFont
  • A mac laptop (running OS X)
  • Some design challenges

Instructor: Frederik Berlaen

Bring Your Own Problem: A Scripting Workshop for Pros
Frederik Berlaen is a typedesigner with a love for programming and scripting. After studying graphical design at Sint-lucas in Ghent, where he got the passion for pure black & white type, he went to study typedesign at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. He successfully got a Master Degree at the postgraduate course Type & Media in 2006. He is the author of many industry-standard type design applications, like RoboFont and UFOStretch. Frederik Berlaen works under the name of TypeMyType providing font services, programming and teaching at Luca School of Arts Ghent and at ESAD in Amiens.

• Frederik Berlaen, typemytype
• UFOstretch

Instructor: Andy Clymer

Bring Your Own Problem: A Scripting Workshop for Pros
Andy Clymer is a typeface designer and developer at H&Co. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design from San Diego State University and a Master of Design degree in type design from the Type & Media postgraduate course at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Art) in The Hague, Netherlands. While in The Hague, Andy was influenced heavily by the notion that type designers have had for centuries of building one’s own tools for the job — mechanical bits and pieces, historically, and now bits and pieces of software. This carries through into his role at H&Co where he contributes both to the design of retail and custom typefaces and to the software that helps produce them. Since joining H&Co in 2005, Andy has worked on Vitesse, Forza, Ideal Sans, and more recently, spearheaded Operator and Obsidian.

• Andy Clymer
• Hoefler&Co.