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Variable Fonts

Workshop Variable Fonts at the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE), 13. – 17. February 2023

Key data

ECTS points
Next start
13. February 2023
1 Week
Final application date
Jan 10, 2023
Teaching language
CHF 900.– (view fees)
Study mode


Registration deadline has been extended to January 10, 2023

During the workshop, the participants will get to know the uncanny world of variable fonts. Flexible, adaptable fonts are mentioned everywhere – but what possibilities do they offer? How are they developed and how can they be used? During this week, participants of the workshop will be given the opportunity to experiment with this font technology, realizing their own ideas. Even though variable fonts are a digital technology, the workshop starts with analogue technologies.
Equipped with wax, we shall develop experimental letter forms, on the very brink of readability, using the bandwidth between positive and negative space.
Based on these experiments, the participants will develop the vocabulary of the individual typefaces and translate them into digital drawings related to the variable font axes.
We shall then extend the fonts to cover a basic Latin character set and include at least two axes. In addition, a motion-based showcase or documentation of the fonts will be developed as a final step of the workshop.


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Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE)

Through digital media and the democratisation of communication channels that goes hand in hand with it, the critical handling of their visual and interaction-based design has become decisively more important, because the social relevance of information and communication has thus fundamentally changed.


Dreispitz Basel / Münchenstein

Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Freilager-Platz 1 4142 Münchenstein b. Basel