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Trine Rask: Type Design – Varied or Variable? (Talk + Workshop)

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Type design is many things: letter – word – text – type family. Historical and practical elements play an important role together with aesthetics and design, from brief to finished font.

With the new type format Variable Font, it is “easy” to generate a huge type family from few masters. But will it impact the design process, so we end up with less interesting and varied type designs?

Often families with black sheeps and misfits are more interesting than families where everybody agrees. Follow the rules and become predictable.

Trine Rask will talk about her work in type design, from handmade to geometric.


During the workshop, Trine will share two sets of very different letters, for example, two A’s. It is expected of the participants that they draw the "child" of the two A’s - to introduce the concept of font families in a playful way. Subsequently, you can draw more letters so that it forms a word including the new A.


16.30 – 17.00: Doors open
17.00 – 17.45: TALK: Trine Rask Type design – Varied or Variable?
17.45 – 18.15: Q/A
18.15 – 19.00: Workshop


Trine Rask is a professional Danish type designer based in Copenhagen. She studied at Type&Media in The Hague (NL) and consults, teaches, talks and writes about type design.

Trine works with corporate and retail typefaces, logotypes, restoration and other tasks related to letters and fonts. Her clients range from multinational corporations to small institutions — Nike, Novo Nordisk, DR, Discovery Channel and SMK.

Trine has received numerous accolades for her work, among them »Certificate of Excellence in Type design« from Type Directors Club in New York. and »Diploma for excellent contribution to book craft in Denmark 2015« from Forening for Boghaandværk.

Find more information about Trine Rask via this link: http://www.trinerask.dk

Free admission.
Talk + Workshop will be in English.

Typothon is supported by: Statens Kunstfond, Aarhus Kommune & Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond.