10th July, 2012 at 6:30pm
A Summer of Learning — The Entente
| YCN — Free

On July 10th, we were kindly joined by Brighton-based design studio The Entente as part of our summer-long series of talks, events and masterclasses.

The Entente, a.k.a. Edd Harrington and Anthony Sheret, spoke at length about their type foundry Colophon, which has been producing fonts for commercial use since its inception in 2009.


Every step in the process of designing a typeface was described in great detail, with Anthony and Edd revealing the sheer volume of work that goes into creating fonts. From the initial drawing of the letters in FontLab to their final applications, no stone in the sometime year-long process was left unturned. The pair told the tales of how many of their typefaces came to life, including their extremely popular realist typeface Aperçu and Relative, a revolutionary font which has been designed to not affect spacings when set in different weights.

Anthony and Edd also stressed the importance of collaboration and how they perceive every live project as a an opportunity to experiment, or a "testing ground". The pair also explained their preference for doing things "the hard way", choosing to work on every conceivable detail of a project themselves and never resorting to using pre-existing fonts. They also reflected on the way typography is taught in universities, outlining the differences between how UK and European courses treat the subject.

The duo finally introduced some of their favourite books to the YCN Lending Library, including Bernd and Hilla Becher: Life and Work and Las Vegas Studio: Images from the Archive of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.

Event Details
  • Location:
    72 Rivington Street,
    London, EC2A 3AY,
    United Kingdom
  • Start:
    10th July, 2012 at 6:30pm
  • End:
    10th July, 2012 at 8:00pm

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