Since the conference I have been ramping up my mileage with the pencil in preparation for my upcoming alphabet is code workshops with Design Assembly. In contemporary culture, we are constantly bombarded with communication and the most powerful messages we experience today are those which are visually expressive. I believe that form and function are inseparable - and type has the potential to carry meaning in multiple ways. In this full day typography workshop we delve into the modularity and anatomy used in different typefaces, and the way various genres of type carry and distribute their weight. Participants will be guided through a series of exercises to visually interrogate the construction and tone of typefaces. Then use what we learned to start to draw letterforms with proportion, aesthetic cues and weight distribution appropriate to a specific genre. In the afternoon session, we follow up all the mechanical thinking with a series of analogue type experiments where we use layout devices, space, proportion, surface and edge treatment of letterforms in an attempt to more closely align our visual and verbal language. It is a full and fun day and there are still spots available in Auckland and Hamilton.