Typographic Ornamentation for Book Design

Event Info

This four-day, in-person workshop takes place at CBA on Thursdays, February 23, March 2, 9, and 16, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

  • Thursday, February 23, 6:00pm–8:00pm
  • Thursday, March 2, 6:00pm–8:00pm
  • Thursday, March 9, 6:00pm–8:00pm
  • Thursday, March 16, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on February 15, at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:

This in-person class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Mirko Velimirovic.

In this three-session course, students will gain an understanding of the history and process of book ornamentation. Students will learn how to hand draw their ornaments and later digitize them using the Glyphs software app. Students will also learn how to make a font out of their original ornaments. By the end of the class, there will be time for students to have their work reviewed and consulted by other students and the instructor.

This class will also include further readings, additional content and homework assignments for students to practice what they’ve learned and to further students’ understanding of concepts.


Required Materials:

All staff, artists, students, and guests are required to show proof of vaccination upon entering CBA and must wear a mask covering the nose and mouth at all times. If you have a medical or religious exemption, please email corina@centerforbookarts.org. Required Materials:

  • a laptop with access to Adobe Illustrator
  • Glyphs license (offers 30 day free trial)
  • students should go through the series of tutorials on the website before the first day of class

All other materials will be provided by Center for Book Arts at no additional cost.

About Mirko Velimirovic

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 June 13 at 11:59pm. Participants are required to comply with CBA’s Covid-19 health and safety measures.

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