Experimental Type Design

What to Bring

  • Just a playful attitude and an exploratory, open mind towards letterforms.

What to Wear

  • Casual

Experimental Type Design

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • Duration: 2.5 Hours

What You Will Learn

  • Explore the wonders of letterform creation
  • Experimentation and speculation through freedom
  • Use of a variety of grid patterns

What You Get

  • All materials provided including a variety of custom A3 grid patterns and drawing materials.
  • Your choice of a #100DAYSOFSPONTANEOUS grid booklet.


In this workshop you will be able to explore the wonders of letterform creation, experimentation and play through the use of a variety of grid patterns. Working off the gridded paper we will play with letter shapes to discover and hopefully create some fun and obscure letters and alphabets. The main focus of this workshop is to play and explore, so previous knowledge or expertise is not a necessity. Along with the grid patterns I will provide various inspirational prompts should simply looking at each grid seem too daunting. 

What shapes and forms can we find hidden within each grid structure? What might they be based on? How many different kinds of letters can we make? How far can we take them?

About Barry Spencer

Calling himself a Speculative Type Designer, Barry states that he often makes letters that may or may not look like letters. This is due to the fact that for over a decade he has researched, explored and played with the Latin letterforms. Through his research and exploration (which he has also turned into a PhD) he has been able to reach a point where he believes he has fundamentally altered the way that he creates, perceives and understands the shapes of the alphabet.

Barry continues to explore the potential of letterforms while also writing and lecturing on graphic design, typography and type design. He also recently began production of a grid booklet series titled #100DAYSOFSPONANEOUS which is the culmination of a 100 day project where he created a new grid every day for 100 consecutive days in 2015.

You can find these booklets and explore Barry’s typefaces and design by visiting:

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