Class is in session at Makeshift Society this fall

If you live in or near New York and love learning about typography and design, we’ve got some exciting news for you.  We’re teaming up with the crew at Makeshift Society to present a four-part series on type and the design process at their space in Brooklyn. This is effectively a miniature typography course, complete with presentations from professional designers, a portfolio review session, and lots of time to just geek out with fellow type nerds.

The series begins in September and runs until the beginning of November. We’d love to see you for as many of the sessions as you’re able to make — pick the ones that interest you most, or attend all four if you can’t choose!

The lineup

September 16: Talking type
We’ll kick off with a panel discussion with Frank Chimero and Jen Mussari, discussing how they use type in both physical and digital mediums, and how they work type into the larger context of their design processes. The discussion will be moderated by Tim Brown. Come hungry: we’ll have chicken and grilled veggie skewers from @YakitoriNYC.

October 2: Crit night
Missing that unvarnished criticism that flows so freely in design school, or around a table of peers? We’ll give three individuals the chance to publicly present one of their projects and receive immediate feedback from Ellen Lupton, Jason Santa Maria, and James Victore. Three people will be selected for the review, but we’ve got room for plenty more to come and listen in. Even if you’re not ready to share, come anyway to enjoy some wine, nosh on a charcuterie spread from Saucy by Nature, learn something from your brave peers, and meet other people who love type.

(It’s not too early to submit your project for consideration! Sign up here if you’re ready. We’ll notify the selected participants on September 25.)

October 14: Coworking night
Join us for a fun night of coworking; we’ll be serving drinks, the good folks of Lonestar will be dishing out tacos, and it will be a great chance to talk with others about your works in progress. Team members from Typekit, Behance, and the Creative Cloud teams will be here to answer questions, listen to ideas, and help you get past roadblocks. Bring your work in progress, meet people, ask questions, and share ideas about your creative projects.

November 11: Project breakdown
It’s time to look at the big picture. Kelli Anderson will share her design process from beginning to end, starting with a quick presentation of an ambitious design project and then jumping back to the first client meeting, walking through every step of the design and development. This will give you insight into how a pro designer brings an idea from concept to full realization. Come ready to take notes, and save some room for dessert — we’re cooking up a sweet surprise to close out the series.

Reserve your spot

Tickets for each event are available for $10 apiece on EventBrite. You can sign up today for any of the single events, or go all in on the four-part series package for $30.

We’re so excited to make this a reality — especially with the awesome folks at the Makeshift Society, who are pros at organizing cool events like this. See you soon in Brooklyn!

Image credit: Frank Chimero

2 Responses

  1. mayan says:

    Sounds great. Will any be recorded to be available online later, videos for those of that cant get to New York?

  2. Libby Nicholaou says:

    We won’t be recording any of the sessions with video but Makeshift Society will have photographs and written recaps on their blog a few days after each event.

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