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 FDK is largely based on the Python language. The purpose of the workshop which will be held for the first time in France is to provide a professional high-level training.

The workshop will be conducted in English by Miguel Sousa, who comes specially from the production department font Adobe, San Jose, United States. Experience in the field of typeface design is required. Knowledge of the Python language is a plus but not required. Miguel 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, photo Erik van Blokland
Adobe FDK Workshop at KBAK Type & Media, The Hague. Image courtesy Erik van Blokland.


26 March 2013
– 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

27 March 2013
– Use CheckOutlines
– Use Autohint
– Build family of 8 fonts
– Use CompareFamily

28 March 2013
– Understand hinting
– Set hinting parameters
– Use StemHist
– Use Autohint
– Use the proofing tools: plot (ProofPDF), spot, tx

29 March 2013 (optionnal)
– 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

195 euros includes 3 days workshop, breakfast, coffee breaks
option: + 65 euros for the 29 March 2013
Full, registration for the waiting list only
8 participants maximum
Register now, very few seats available

Registration through our contact form: Regarding Workshop Provide full contact detail, link to your portfolio. We confirm your registration by email, with invoice to be paid via Paypal or bank transfert. If based in Europe, provide your VAT number to avoid to pay the French VAT.

Adobe FDK Typofonderie

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


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