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:
- Explore the wonders of letterform creation
- Experimentation and speculation through freedom
- Use of a variety of grid patterns
- All materials provided including a variety of custom A3 grid patterns and drawing materials.
- Your choice of a #100DAYSOFSPONTANEOUS grid booklet.
- Just a playful attitude and an exploratory, open mind towards letterforms.
Vendor since 2014
Work-Shop is a creative concept that will broaden your horizons and help you unleash your inner awesome. We provide affordable short courses in life skills and alternative art. We’ve teamed up with Australia’s brightest creative minds to share their knowledge and help teach you a new skill.
From printmaking and stencil art through to music and gardening. From life skills and personal development through to blending tea and parkour, we offer a broad range of fun and creative short courses to suit our time poor lives. We will inspire you to pick up that pen, paintbrush, hammer or sewing machine and flick the switch that will kickstart a whole new way of life.
Locations: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Fremantle
Work-Shop requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. If you do miss this window, earn some extra karma points and give your ticket to one of your buddies. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email email@example.com to organise a refund or transfer.
We’ll do our darndest to run all scheduled classes, however, let’s face it… sometimes shit happens! Most of our classes must have a minimum of 5 participants before we can put them on. In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.
Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Work-Shop or organised by Work-Shop must agree to these terms and conditions.
1.) LIABILITY WAIVER
- Any damage, loss or theft incurred to personal property property brought into Work-Shop’s premises.
- Any physical injuries sustained as a result of participating in any class or event organised by Work-Shop.
I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Work-Shop.
2.) PHOTO & VIDEO
I agree to give Work-Shop unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Work-Shop classes and events or on Work-Shop’s premises. (Don’t worry, we’ll only these use to show others how much of a rad time you’re having through social media, newsletters, blogs, website and general Work-Shop promo material)
Work-Shop requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. If you miss this window, earn some extra karma points and give your ticket to one of your buddies. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to organise a refund.
We’ll do our darndest to run all scheduled classes. Most of our classes must have a minimum of 5 participants before we can put them on. In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.