Launched in 2011, the ISIA Urbino Type Design week is a one-week intense course in typeface design, held at the ISIA, High Institute for Applied Arts in Urbino. Previous years had seen as guest tutors heavyweights of type industry such as Bruno Maag and Erik van Blokland, as well as young guns such as Radim Pesko. The 2014 Type Week promises to be a unique, multi-faceted, and practical experience in learning about type, having as a guest tutor a reference name in the world of type – Fred Smeijers. An interesting program comprising lectures and practical sessions will provide the participants with information, skills, and techniques in type design, as part of a critical design process. The ISIA Type Design Week 2014 will take place between July 28 through August 1, on the premises of ISIA, the High Institute for Applied Arts, a former convent in the heart of the Renaissance town of Urbino. Urbino is a walled city and a World Heritage Site in a hilly area in the Marche.
Fred SmeijersFred Smeijers is a Dutch type designer, educator, researcher, and writer. One of the most versatile contemporary type designers, Smeijers has a whole range of distinctive typefaces to his credit. Among his retail typefaces are: FF Quadraat; TEFF Renard; DTL Nobel; Arnhem, Fresco, Sansa, Custodia, Ludwig, Puncho, and Bery series – all published by OurType, the label he co-founded in 2002. His custom type designs include typefaces for Philips Electronics, Tom-Tom, and Canon-Europe. Smeijers is the winner of Gerrit Noordzij Prize for outstanding contribution to type design, and author of Counterpunch (Hyphen Press, 1996, 2011) and Type Now (Hyphen Press, 2003). Smeijers is professor of type design at the HGB in Leipzig and research fellow at Plantin Museum in Antwerp.
Riccardo OloccoRiccardo Olocco is a a self-taught graphic designer who has been freelancing in Milan and elsewhere in northern Italy since the late 1990s. In 2008 he relocated to Bolzano, a small town close to the Dolomites, to focus on his strong passion for type design. In Bolzano Riccardo started teaching typography at the local University and he got engaged in in-depth research into 15th century Venetian type design. He currently lives in Reading where he is attending the Masters' course in Type Design.
Jonathan PieriniJonathan Pierini is a type designer and graphic designer. He holds a BA in graphic design and visual communication from the ISIA Urbino and a MA in Type and Media from the Royal Academy of Arts of The Hague, The Netherlands. In 2010 Jonathan moves to London to work at Dalton Maag Ltd type design office, getting involved in projects for clients such as Nokia and Vodafone. He is currently working at the Free University of Bolzano Bozen – Faculty of Design and Art as Researcher and Lecturer. Since 2011 Jonathan organizes and lectures at the ISIA Urbino Type Design Week.
Call for candidates
Period: July 28 / August 1
Deadline: May 26
We’re looking for students and professionals in the field of graphic, typographic, and typeface design with a passion for type. The nature of the course allows for various backgrounds, from beginners to seasoned practitioners, who will immerse into the world of type and acquire new practical skills, as well as learning to look at and design type in unconventional ways. Participants in the ISIA Urbino Type Design Week will become part of an international group of students coming from all over the world. We call for candidates who are interested to learn from the past, explore the present, and pave the future of their skills in typeface design in a unique, playful context.
To apply, send your CV and a short portfolio of your work in PDF format before May 26, 2014. Send your email with your name, family name, birthday, address (street, city, state, country) telephone, e-mail, school or office to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you will be accepted we will contact you before Monday June 2nd. Within one week after notification, accepted applicants must have paid the enrollment fee to be officially registered as a student.
A maximum of 30 students will be accepted. The selection will be made by the teachers of the Type Design Week.
Accomodation & Transportation
You can book a room in the university campus designed by the architect Giancarlo de Carlo. The costs are 18€ per night.
In order to book a room you need to fill this form and pay by bank tranfer. Bank account details are going to be communicated to the selected applicants.
Urbino can be easily reached by a direct local bus service from the nearby train station of Pesaro.
You can take an international flight to one of the nearest airports in Rimini, Ancona and Bologna.
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