Book Ornamentation: Theory and Practice 2023

Event Info

This three-day, virtual workshop takes place on Zoom on Fridays, January 13, 20, and 27, from 3:00 pm—5:00 pm ET.

  • Friday, January 13, 3:00pm—5:00pm
  • Friday, January 20, 3:00pm—5:00pm
  • Friday, January 27, 3:00pm—5:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on January 10, at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:

This virtual class at Center for Book Arts is taught by Instructor Mirko Velimirovic. In this three-session course, participants will gain an understanding of the history and process of book ornamentation.

Participants will learn how to hand draw their ornaments and later digitize them using the Glyphs software app. Participants will also learn how to make a font out of their original ornaments. By the end of the class, there will be time for participants 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 participants’ understanding of concepts.

Participants should come prepared to class with access to Adobe Illustrator and a Glyphs license, and should go through the series of tutorials on the website before the first day of class. The app offers a 30 day free trial and for purchase.

Required Materials:

Required Materials:

  • Glyphs software app
  • Adobe Illustrator

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 October 27 at 11:59pm. 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. Virtual workshops at Center for Book Arts will be recorded and the recording will be provided for all registered participants after the class.


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