Book Basics with Free Software

Black and white image of Faride with a white background. She staring off to the right side of the photo.
Faride Mereb
Mirko look seriously at you
Mirko Velimirovic

Event Info

This workshop takes place across two sessions:

  • Wed, June 30th, 2–4pm ET
  • Wed, July 7th, 2–4pm ET

Students will learn how to layout a book using Figma. The instructors will explain basics for layout composition, exporting methods, and provide tips for free licensed fonts and images by Creative Commons usage.

Required Materials

  • A computer with Figma downloaded

About the Instructors

Faride Mereb is an award-winning book designer, art director, researcher and editor. Originally from Venezuela, she is currently based in New York City and holds ongoing artistic collaborations in Latin America and Europe. She is the founder of Letra Muerta Press and continues to work with master printer Javier Aizpurua in Venezuela for his renowned press Ex Libris. She was exhibited at the Center for Book Arts in a 2020 Featured Artist Project titled The Private Life of Rag Dolls.

Mirko Velimirovic is a Lettering Artist, Type Designer, and Font Engineer working in NYC. Currently he contributes work to Darden studio, and open source variable font projects on Github. In 2019 through January of 2020 he was the chapter lead of Type Thursday NYC. He has guest lectured in classes on type design at SVA, and ECUAD. When he’s not doing calligraphy, he spends his time wrangling difficult software problems in FOSS and NDA font projects. The rest of the time he spends entertaining his two cats.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

In order to best serve our community near and far, many of our online classes are pay-what-you-can. While each class has a suggested price, we wish to make our educational programming as economically accessible as possible as well as to make sure our students feel fulfilled in their creative processes outside of the studio. The amount you choose to pay goes directly toward our instructors and toward creating scholarship opportunities for the future.

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