Skill/Up — April

Published:  April 15, 2013
Skill/Up — April

Skill/Up is a new regular feature that is dedicated to sharing workshops, short courses, and other opportunities for designers at all levels to develop their skills and learn new ones. We’ll be listing both local and international opportunities, as well as online ones.

If you have a course, workshop or educational project that you’d like us to take a look at, don’t hesitate to email through the details.

This week we’ve got a typographic workshop at Old School, which sees visiting lecturers Niko Spelbrink and Bruno Herfst providing insights into readable type, local illustrator and designer Glenn Thomas will be hosting a one day online course on texture, lighting and colour in illustration, and the Dutch graphic design summer school Open Set is back for another year – bosting an impressive lineup of guest tutors.

Face Lift: Slow Typography Masterclass
Old School New School
20 April — 11 May (10am till 4.30)

This workshop offers the unique opportunity to work with two special international guest lecturers from Holland.

Niko Spelbrink is the founding partner of BRS Design consultancy which has now evolved into EdenSpiekermann Design consultancy in the Netherlands and was president of ICOGRADA 1991 – 95. Spellbrink currently teaches typography in both Amsterdam and Melbourne, and has taught advanced typography at RMIT, Monash and in the Netherlands for Print and Screen Applications. His book titled Framing Fonts was recently published by Lecturis Design Books in Rotterdam.

Bruno Herfst studied Visual Communication at The Royal Academy of Art – The Hague, Rietveld Academy – Amsterdam, and The Graphic University of Amersterdam. Herfst now works in Melbourne as a book designer for Penguin and is currently building a portfolio of projects that span graphic and industrial design, consumer electronics and software development under the collective name of Toolbox.

This workshop focuses on readability – the quality of being pleasurable and interesting to read, is the responsibility of any author. Legibility, on the other hand, the quality of being able to be read clearly and quickly, is the result of slow typography. Creating legible text takes a good deal of attention, practical knowledge and expertise. This course is for the type-obsessed who want to improve their typographic knowledge, and wish to draw their own specialised typeface. Course participants will have the opportunity to tap into the advanced skills of two two special guest lecturers from the Netherlands, to guide them through working with type at an advanced level.

Places are strictly limited so get in quick! Click here to find out more information about this and other upcoming Old School workshops.

Digital Illustration – Texture, Lighting & Colour
The Fox And King
Online Course
May 1st — May 31st

This class will teach you how to create an eye catching CD Cover. Glen Thomas of The Fox And King will take you through his workflow from idea, to pen & paper, to final art. Participants will start from a written concept, on to sketches, and finally through three stages of design and feedback.

While the outcome of the month long course will be focused on creating a CD cover, these skills can effortlessly be applied to all forms of commercial illustration and design.

This class is perfect for students, existing designers and anyone else looking to expand their skills in Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as more general skills such as texturing, lighting and mood. At the end of this class you will have an advanced knowledge of how to effectively apply texture and lighting to an illustration.

Glenn Thomas is a Melbourne based illustrator, designer, and animator who has worked with bands such as Emarosa, The Dear Hunter, Gatsbys American Dream, At The Skylines, Four Letter Lie, and Sleeping With Sirens and many more.

To join this course, sign up at the Skillshare website.

Open Set 2013
Various Tutors
Dutch Graphic Design Summer School
19th — 31st August

The Dutch Graphic Design Summer School Open Set is a two-week intensive series of workshops emphasizing on the interaction between noted Dutch and International graphic designers within a studio environment. Open Set is structured to offer participants the opportunity to experiment with different design approaches as well as share their ideas with colleagues from around the world.
The event is addressed to young designers, creators and thinkers fascinated and passioned by their profession. The goal of the event is to promote the quality of design and enhance it’s social value by creating a platform for debates, exchange of knowledge and experience.

This year’s edition takes place in Breda, The Netherlands, and features a selection of world-class tutors with different approaches, including  Jonathan Barnbrook, Petr van Blokland, Catalogtree, Jan van Toorn, Martijn Engelbregt, Max Bruinsma (editor in chief at ITEMS magazine) and Geert Lovink (director of the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam).

As the theme for this year’s edition we will question the role of “Autonomy” in a totally designed culture and it’s influence on social values. We assembled this idea under a single term called “Commonomy”. The starting point of the discussion is the critical role of the designer within the cultural, political and technological development and the designer’s influence on social changes. We are focusing on what design can bring into the life of a community and on how design can be influenced by social processes.

For more information about the course, or to apply visit Open Set 2013

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