Hrant Papazian // Typography Workshop

“Is typeface design for me?”

The first time you output your font file, install it and start actually typing words, it feels nothing short of exhilarating. But what does it take to get from here to there? This workshop will reveal the demands and rewards of designing your own typeface. Your own tool for giving text a unique form; a tool that others can also use, implicitly carrying your voice in their work.

Using a font editor we will discover what it takes to make not simply a collection of beautiful letters, but a beautiful collection of letters – a harmonious whole that weaves its own texture. The journey is a steep climb, but one that will give you a unique view over the graphic design landscape and make your work more visible to the world.


Hrant Papazian
Formed at the crossroads of three competing visual cultures, Hrant Papazian relishes the unique ethnic salad that is Los Angeles. A recipient of typeface design awards from Critique magazine, Granshan and Creative Review, he teaches at CalState-LA and has received commissions from IKEA, Disney, UCLA, Microsoft, Liverpool University, Adobe and Samsung. Hrant has authored various articles on typography and delivered conference presentations and workshops from Boston to Bangkok.


Students: $30
AIGA Members: $38
Non-members: $42


  • CHARGE: Make sure your laptop is fully charged.
  • DOWNLOAD: Download FontLab on your laptop.
    (Note: FontLab will not work properly on tablets for this workshop.)
    Head to FontLab, click “Discover FontLab 8.3,” and then “Try for Free.” Take some time to familiarize yourself with the software. At the event, you will receive a unique code to extend your trial to a four-month free trial license to FontLab, valued at $100 USD.
  • BRING: Feel free to bring a pen/pencil, notebook, or whatever you feel comfortable using for sketching ideas.


5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Happy Hour where you can mix and mingle with event attendees
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Opening remarks from Hrant Papazian
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Type workshop
8:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Closing remarks / Q&A


NeueHouse Hollywood
6121 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028


Neuehouse Hollywood does not offer on-site parking. However, the closest free parking is located at 1401 N El Centro Ave Los Angeles. See more here. Public transit, carpooling and ride sharing are also encouraged. For public transportation, visit for schedules.


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When & Where
Thu, Jun 27, 2024 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM PDT
NeueHouse Hollywood
6121 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028