In summer 2016, I have been to Italy to take part in ISIA Urbino Type Design Week. It was a one-week intense course in typeface design, held at the ISIA, High Institute for Applied Arts in Urbino, Italy. Fred Smeijers was head of the teaching team, also on board were Eric Kindel (who complemented the program with several lectures on the history and evolution of stencil type), Jonathan Pierini, and Riccardo Olocco.
The course set to further explore the unconventional approach to type design, which resulted in a unique experience in learning about type. The practical start and introduction to type design are based on a teaching method developed by Smeijers, in which stencils play a central role.
More about the course: www.isiaurbino.net/typeweek