Make Your Own Chapbook: Digital Typesetting

Chapbook bound with multiple sizes of paper.
Chapbook bound by Faride Mereb, header image for Make Your Own Chapbook: Digital Typesetting.
Chapbook bound with multiple sizes of paper, set against a marbled paper background.
Chapbook bound by Faride Mereb, image for the workshop Make Your Own Chapbook: Digital Typesetting.
Faride Mereb leaning over a table surrounded by papers.
Faride Mereb leaning over a table surrounded by papers.

Event Info

This workshop takes place across two sessions:

  • Tues, April 13, 10:30am–12:30pm ET
  • Thurs, April 15, 10:30am–12:30pm ET

In this two-day class taught by artist and designer Faride Mereb, students will learn the basics of typesetting and text treatment for poetic compositions in InDesign. Students will learn the basics of tracking and kerning fonts; will work with libre fonts, and other font licensing basics. This class will also help students gain an understanding on the relationship between point sizes, paper sizes and formats.

Required Materials:

  • Books to use as a design reference
  • .txt file with the poems or prose
  • A laptop or computer with InDesign*
  • Paper (letter sized), pencil, measuring tape in cm and inches
  • Computer printer (optional)

*For those who do not have access to InDesign, you may download a free trial through Adobe.

 

About the Instructor

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.

 

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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