Type Basics: History & Anatomy, Online Workshop with Faride Mereb

Join this one-day workshop with artist Faride Mereb to learn about typography – its history, anatomy, and the basics of type design.

In this two and a half hour workshop, instructor Faride Mereb will teach students the basics of type design. Students will learn and discuss historical elements, how to differentiate font families and body variations, the parts of a letter, interpolation (a process used by type designers to generate new intermediary fonts from a series of master fonts), and the history and background of typography as a medium.

Required materials:

measuring tape


– InDesign

– typo meter (pica ruler)

– thread counter magnifier

About Faride Mereb:

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. Header image: Minion pro by Robert Slimbach.

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.