Istanbul – the city on the Bosphorus – is famous for its countless minarets, magnificent palaces, colorful markets and traders, seagulls and stray cats. Istanbul is the only metropolis in the world that unites two continents.
It is a trans-cultural mosaic, modern and contemporary in the way it links its rich past with our common future. The contrasts are endless and inspiring: traditional crafts collide with a young and blossoming art and design scene, which is slowly changing the face and image of the city. With an average temperature of comfortable 17 degrees in November, the first VolcanoType workshop will take place in Istanbul, and invites every- body interested in type design to participate and enjoy the wonderful city! Work on your type design skills in a 3-day-workshop and learn from a local and guest type designer in
a vibrant environment. If you want to combine the excitement of worldwide travel with learning more about type, then this is made for you!

About VolcanoType workshops

VolcanoType workshops are intense 3-day workshops held around the world by a local and guest type designer. Everybody can
attend – beginners will learn how to design typefaces, intermediate type designers can boost their skills. It’s all about the love of letters, so you do not need to achieve a professional career as a type designer afterwards. Besides attending an interesting workshop and learning more about type, the location and cultural context of typography is an important factor of the VolcanoType workshops, too. Walk through the streets and discover the uniqueness of the city, taste the local delicacies, watch the daily life and get inspired!

What is it about?

This workshop aims to provide an opportunity for designers to explore in detail the process of typeface production. It comprises of lectures pertaining to the history of typefaces, demos on practical and technical skills, and one-
to-one guidance by tutors Peter Brugger and Onur Yazıcıgil. It invites beginner level designers to explore the principles of type production, and intermediate to advanced designers to work on existing projects to further develop their typefaces for industry standards. The workshop will focus on two broad categories: Display Typefaces and Text Typefaces. Among these, various sub-categories will be discussed and each attendee will work on their preferred category and
style of typeface.

What you'll learn

VolcanoType workshops will facilitate typeface design skills in a compact 3-day-workshop. The tutors are your personal contact persons during the whole time and will teach you how to sketch letters and avoid the most common mistakes. They will help you to take your sketches to a font editor and to work with it. The instructors help you understand how type works in response to your own creative output and give tips and suggestions in terms of letter shapes and the design process.

Who should attend?

You should be interested in type design, but you do not need to have experience in this field. Graphic designers, illustrators, artists and calligraphers are all welcome to attend and maybe see type in a new way afterwards!

Workshop Timing

November 20th (Friday), 21st (Saturday),
22nd (Sunday), 2015
3 days, 10 am to 6 pm
Full day workshops break for lunch
from 1 pm to 2:30 pm.
This is a three day workshop. Participants must be prepared to attend all days.

Maximum Participants: 20

We keep the instructor/student ratio super low, averaging 10 students per tutor.


All lectures will be held in English. The instructors also speak German and Turkish.

Workshop leaders

Each workshop is taught by professional type designers. Each of the team – a local from the city hosting the workshop + a guest – has an approach to teaching and will support and advise the workshop participants when needed.

Peter Brugger (Show Info)

Peter Brugger is a graphic and type designer currently living in Istanbul, Turkey. He served an apprenticeship at a printer. He studied Visual Communications at the Basel School of Design Switzerland, at Pforzheim University - School of Design Germany and at the Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design Halifax, Canada. He designed the type families Gringo and Matryoshka, which are licensed to the font label VolcanoType. Peter Brugger received numerous awards and prizes. He taught typography and type design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. Besides his design practice he gives lectures and workshops at design institutions.

Onur Yazicigil (Show Info)

Onur Yazıcıgil is a typographer and educator who currently lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey. He received his MFA from Purdue University in the USA. In 2007 he won the first prize in typographic excellence from the Society of Typographic Arts in Chicago. He has spoken at TypeCon, ATypI, TypoBerlin, and lectured on various topics in the field of typography. At the present, he is a faculty member at Sabancı University. He has recently developed a humanist sanserif typeface, Duru, with partial availability on Google Web Fonts. In addition to his research in latin typefaces, he has been most focused on the Ottoman metal typeface production of the 19th century, in particular Ottoman naskh typefaces. He designs Arabic books for the Dutch publisher Brill, and since 2011 has been the co-creator and co-organizer of the ISType conferences held in the heart of Istanbul.


We want the workshops to be accessible and affordable for everyone. The number of seats at a workshop are strictly limited to ensure adequate 1-on-1 instructor time is available.
The fee includes the participation in the workshop as well as drinks and snacks during the workshop time. On top every participant receives a font package for free including a selection of typefaces from the VolcanoType library for commercial and private use.

Students: 250,- Euro +Vat
(valid Student I.D. required)
Professionals: 400,- Euro +Vat


Sub Karaköy (Terrace)
Necatibey Cad. 91
34425 Karaköy
(Show Map)


Workshop attendees must bring their own laptops with the following pre-installed software:

Basic items to bring with you

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