Design a Printers’ Mark

Event Info

This in-person workshop takes place at Center for Book Arts on Tuesday nights, April 25, May 2, and May 9 from 6–8pm.

Complete Schedule:

  • Tuesday, April 25, 6:00–8:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 2, 6:00–8:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 9, 6:00–8:00pm

About This Workshop:

This in-person workshop is taught by instructor Mirko Velimirovic.

Throughout the history of printing, bookmakers have distinguished their printing houses or their specific designs with printers’ marks. This course will delve into the history of printer’s mark making, and examine how we might continue this rich aesthetic tradition with both modern and traditional tools. Students will study historical examples of printers’ marks provided by the instructor, as well as sourced from the CBA library. After gathering knowledge about common aesthetic practices for printers’ marks students will learn to draw their own marks using a variety of drawing tools and working iteratively via tracing paper. Then students will digitize their marks for further use.

Required Materials

  • Laptop
  • Adobe Illustrator

All other materials and tools will be provided.

About the Instructor

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. From 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.

The registration fee for this class is $185 tuition plus a $25 materials fee. Looking forward to seeing you soon at Center for Book Arts! If you cannot comfortably pay tuition but are interested in taking this class, please consider filling out our financial assistance application here. We will notify you if you are selected to receive a scholarship before the start date of the class. To view more information about our current scholarship opportunities, please visit this link. Covid Policy: Masks recommended for in-person classes at CBA.

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