Adobe FDK Typofonderie, photo Ben Mitchell
Adobe FDK Workshop at MA Typeface Design, Reading University. Image courtesy Ben Mitchell.

The goal of the Adobe Font Development Kit for OpenType is to offer tools created and developed by the team in charge of typography at Adobe. These tools can produce OpenType fonts (and in some cases TrueType) of high quality, adding OpenType features beyond what some software typeface design can propose. The purpose of the workshop which will be held for the second time in France is to provide a professional high-level training.

Following 2013’s successful event conducted by Miguel Sousa, the 2014’s workshop will be conducted in English by Frank Grießhammer, who comes specially from the production department font Adobe, San Jose, United States. Experience in the field of typeface design is required. The FDK is based on Python language + Shell commands, but don’t be afraid, Frank will explain each command very clearly. Frank will make his presentation via projector and follow participants individually. We would like to thank Adobe Type Team, without whom this workshop would not have occurred in France.

— Plan to come with your laptop.
— Internet access and printers on site.

Adobe FDK Typofonderie
Frank Grießhammer.

Adobe FDK Typofonderie, 2013 session
Adobe FDK Workshop, Typofonderie, 2013.


11 March 2014
– Command line basics
– Install the AFDKO
– Learn about the required files
– Build the first font using MakeOTF
– Use Instance Generator
– Introduction to the feature file syntax

12 March 2014
– Use CheckOutlines
– Use Autohint
– Build family of 8 fonts
– Use CompareFamily

13 March 2014
– Understand hinting
– Set hinting parameters
– Use StemHist
– Use Autohint
– Use the proofing tools: plot (ProofPDF), spot, tx

14 March 2014 (optionnal)
– Introduction to GREP
– Whatever font-releated topics people would like to know more about


Gare de Clamart, 6 mn from Montparnasse
Métro line 13, Malakoff Étienne Dolet stop + Bus 191 Lazare Carnot stop
Métro line 12 (see also RER C), Corentin Celton stop + Bus 189 Lazare Carnot stop

Registration and price

Registration through Amiando. We will send you the detail of the program + all the informations to come to Typofonderie by E-mail, following your confirmation and payment at Amiando.

207,5 euros for international users (249 euros including french taxes for France + EU if no VAT number.) includes 3 days workshop, breakfast, coffee breaks
option: + 75 euros for the 14 March 2013
8 participants maximum
Register now, very few seats available

Adobe FDK Typofonderie

Organized by Typofonderie, sponsored in part by Adobe Type team.


Adobe FDK workshop at Typofonderie, 26-28 March 2013
Report of the 2013’s Adobe FDK workshop at Typofonderie
Adobe FDK
Adobe FDK update
Frank Grießhammer
Miguel Sousa
Dave the Designer about FDK workshop
Oh Bendy about FDK workshop