Lettering: Hand to Digital 2022

Event Info

This in-person workshop at Center for Book Arts takes place across four sessions on Tuesdays from 6–9pm, November 8–29, 2022

Complete schedule:

  • Tuesday, November 8, 6:00–9:00 PM ET.
  • Tuesday, November 15, 6:00–9:00 PM ET.
  • Tuesday, November 22, 6:00–9:00 PM ET.
  • Tuesday, November 29, 6:00–9:00 PM ET.

Typography is a vehicle for information, and subtly reflects the ideas/personality of the person who designed it. The methods by which type was produced historically were shrouded in mystery, not only because it was a niche profession, but also because of fierce competition between type designers. This workshop, “Lettering: Hand to Digital” will demystify modern methods of lettering and type design. The workshop will focus on techniques for hand drawing uppercase and lowercase letters and will provide tools and skills in translating those drawings into digital formats using Glyphs software.*

This workshop will demonstrate how to draw Roman Capital and lowercase letterforms with a variety of drawing tools, while providing a brief overview of the terminology and structure of type. We’ll provide time for students to draw their own letterforms with critique and feedback from the instructor, and we’ll teach participants how to transfer their own unique designs to the computer and create digital type designs from hand-drawn examples. At the end of the workshop, students will have a digital font of the letters they’ve drawn and the ability to use their letterforms in a variety of applications.

Not only will participants learn how to refine their ability to draw and understand the design of letterforms, but they will also learn ways to apply this knowledge to book design, visual branding, and other projects that utilize type. We welcome anyone interested in fonts, typography, and design to this workshop – no special skills are required, but you should arrive with a desire to draw!**

*a free trial of the Glyphs software is available for download.
**supplementary materials will be provided at no additional cost.

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 of your scholarship status before the start date of the class.

Required Materials:


  • Required: students must bring a laptop and/or tablet to Center for Book Arts for this workshop.

Students may wish to purchase extra drawing materials for themselves. The bare minimum is paper and something to draw on the paper with, or a smartphone and a computer with a font editor. The instructor will demonstrate drawing with the bare minimum, and with recommended tools.Recommended Supplies:




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. 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.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal participant to Instructor ratio. Register now before spots fill up! Registration for this workshop closes on September 27 at 11:59pm. Participants are required to comply with CBA’s Covid-19 health and safety measures. 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.

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