TypeJuly Course - Manuel Krebs (Norm)

Modular typefaces as a design tool

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Modular typefaces as a design tool


From 4 to 8 July 2022 (20 hours)
From Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 14.15 p.m.




Experiment, curiosity, order, structure



Who can apply

Graphic & Type Designers (the good, the bad, the ugly).

Knowledge/experience required

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€ 625


Dates may be modified and courses may be canceled depending on the evolution of the pandemic.

In French, 'entre chien et loup' (between dog and wolf) describes the moment when day ends and night begins, a moment that is not clear which of the two states it is. In part, this moment is also present in typography, the writing is the day and the image is the night.

Is this how the border between the graphic designer and the typographic designer goes, because since when is the graphic designer a typographic designer and the typographic designer a graphic designer? This workshop deals with these gray areas.

This workshop is about the development of modular fonts. An inventory of modules for font creation will be created. The modules are the molecules of the project. To apply the modules, tools for their creation and reproduction will be developed. The intention is to have the control of the whole production process (literally) in your hands.

Manuel Krebs (1970, Bern, Switzerland) studied graphic design at the School of Applied Arts in Biel-Bienne. In 1999 he founded the graphic design studio Norm with Dimitri Bruni and in 2007 he was joined by Ludovic Varone.

Norm focuses on the design and publication of books and typography. Book design includes self-commissioned research in the field of typographic and graphic design, with Norm: Introduction (2000) and Norm: The Things (2002) as the most relevant. His commissions include numerous collaborations with museums (MoMA, Tate Modern, Louvre, Centre Pompidou, Triennale Milano, Kunsthaus Zurich, Museum für Gestaltung Zurich) and artists (Fischli & Weiss, Simon Starling, Christian Marclay, Kelley Walker, Shirana Sha ).

Among others, he has designed the 'Simple' typeface for Cologne/Bonn airport, the corporate typeface for Omega and Swatch watches; and the typefaces 'Replica' and 'Riforma'.