Type@Cooper - Programming Animations with DrawBot

Programming Animations with DrawBot


with Just van Rossum




Wed., Jun. 21 – Thu., Jun. 22, 2017
9:00AM – 5:00PM
tuition: $ 440

location: On campus

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

Learn to program generative animations with Python in DrawBot in this two-day workshop. We will dive into programming time-based behavior and motion, creating perfect loops. Abstract patterns, letters, geometric shapes, icons: you name it and we will make it move. The results will be short animated loops in the form of animated gifs ready for the web, or video output suitable for post-production.


    Required Materials

  • You will need a MacBook, running OSX 10.9 or up, and the free DrawBot application (drawbot.com).


Some Python experience is recommended. The “Python Programming with DrawBot for Beginners” workshop is suitable as a preparation for this workshop. These workshops can be attended in sequence and will give you a continuous four-day workshop experience.





Instructor: Just van Rossum

Programming Animations with DrawBot
Just van Rossum graduated in 1989 at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, where he studied with Gerrit Noordzij. After stints at Monotype in the UK and MetaDesign in Berlin he became an independent type designer, focussing on software design for type. His collaborations with Erik van Blokland under the name LettError became well known and their FF Beowolf typeface has been included in the permanent collection of the MoMa in New York. His FF Lefthand typeface is as ubiquitous now as it was when it came out in 1991. He co-wrote RoboFog with Petr van Blokland in the mid-ninetees, which can be seen as a prerunner of RoboFont, and has been a very influential type design tool due to its groundbreaking scriptability with the Python programming language. His TTX/FontTools library is a crucial building block for lots of font software. He also wrote the original version of the DrawBot application. Lately, his “Daily DrawBot” project drew some attention with its mesmerizing animated gifs.

Just teaches type design and programming at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KABK) in The Hague, both in the regular graphic design course as well as in the Type & Media master program.

• Letterror
• Drawbot



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