The type of tomorrow is already gone

workshop with Barbara Alves
Escola Superior de Artes e Design,
Caldas da Rainha / Portugal 2005


The workshop »The type of tomorrow is already gone« at the Art and Design College in Caldas da Rainha near Lisbon is based on the theme of the »ephemeral font«. Not a font which notates and thereby averts and stores the fleeting voice, but a font, a typeface, which is as fleeting and ephemeral as the voice itself.


The workshop began with a roughly two hour long introduction to font design. We asked ourselves how the writing instrument influences the form or how the white spaces influence the rhythm of the script.

Then the students began writing using diverse instruments, or forming letters using various objects, by hand and without recourse to computers: the goal was to design a fleeting, ephemeral font.