Hand Lettering in Hawaii with Ken Barber

There’s nothing quite like the unique warmth and inherent personality of script lettering—characters created in writing by hand. The friendliness, exceptional versatility, and adaptability to scores of design applications is undoubtedly the reason why the script letter has endured and is now more popular than ever.

That’s why we’re bringing in Ken Barber — master letterer, type designer and type director at design studio and type foundry House Industries—to lead two intimate workshops, open only to 20 participants. It will provide a detailed introduction to the drawn letter and script lettering. Referencing various tools, techniques and models, lucky participants will hone their drawing skills as they create word marks. See below for details on the two workshop options.


The Drawn Letter
9:00 am – 12:30 pm

This workshop will investigate recent historical approaches to lettering, in addition to exploring various production techniques. Participants will refer to familiar typographic models and helpful specimens as they create their own hand-drawn wordmarks. Comprehensive slide presentations and drawing demonstrations will provide further guidance as students acquire a practical foundation for implementing one-of-a-kind lettering in various design contexts. (Open to all skill levels)



The Script Letter
1:30 – 5:00 pm 

This hand-lettering workshop will break down the basics of foundational script styles, and provide a bunch of tips, tricks and lettering recipes. You will work directly with the award-winning letterer to take your project from concept to completion. (Open to all skill levels)

When & Where
Sat, Jul 18, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM HST
Manoa Innovation Center
2800 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822