Make Your Own Chapbook: Digital Typesetting Online Class with Faride Mereb

In this class, students will learn tips from artist Faride Mereb on how to design their own poetry chapbook in InDesign.

In this class, 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, and paper sizes and formats. At the end of the class, students will learn and test printing methods.

Students will need the following 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/or inches

– computer printer (optional)

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.

About the Center for Book Arts:

The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.