Sadly all good things come to an end, and this workshop was no exception. Friday was the last day. Surprisingly, I was able to finish all the uppercase and lowercase characters in five days. While a lot more remains to be done (redrawing a handful of letterforms, designing the punctuation marks, setting spacing and kerning pairs, adding accented characters), I was happy with the progress made. I can’t call myself a type designer, but at least the workshop demystified the process and let me know some of the do’s and dont’s.

And getting to practice my Italian was an added bonus. Apparently I speak it very well!

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More importantly, I made a lot of new friends not just in Italy but around the world. I was very fortunate to be part of the group that made the ISIA Urbino Type Design Week 2011, from Bruno Maag and Jonathan Pierini to all my fellow students: Yuko Sawamoto, Laura Pante, Emilio Grazzi, Mirko Balducci, Alessio D’Ellena, Sabrina Campagna, Riccardo Lorusso, Yotam Hadar, Kári Emil Helgason, Meir Sadan, Claudia Flandoli, Andrea Biagioni, Linda Armelius, Andrea Tolosano, Tomasso Torelli, Alice Ferrari, Alessia Paschetta, Jasper de Waard, Pierluigi Giglio and Nicola Caleffi.

We had a lot of fun each day, especially after class when we would go for spritz first then dinner. On the last night, all the cameras were out.

I think the week in Urbino left a mark in all of us. Just in case, we left our mark in Urbino as well.