Typography Design Workshop

A full-day workshop with noted Basel-based graphic designer and type specialist Ludovic Balland.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


May 07, 2012 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)


$20 for students, $30 for professionals

San Francisco audiences who saw last year’s Teaching Architecture show at swissnex already know him. Ludovic Balland is the graphic and type design guru behind that exhibit’s striking visuals, as well as the award-winning catalogue that accompanied it.

Balland comes to the West (in person this time) in conjunction with Types We Can Make, an exhibition focusing on typography design from ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne on view at swissnex until June 15.

A typography teacher at the school, Balland’s own work is also featured in Types We Can Make. His full-day typography workshop at swissnex will be similar to his instruction at ECAL and promises to be inspiring for graphic design students and young professionals alike in the Bay Area.

The workshop is geared toward graphic and typography design students and young professionals and requires commitment to the full day program. Participants should bring their own laptops equipped with graphic design software, but there will also be considerable time spent on hands-on, paper cutter and scissor work. The program will focus on designing typographic posters, printed on site at the end of the day.


9:00 am  doors open
9:15 am  presentation by Ludovic Balland
10:00 am  workshop starts
12:00 pm  brown bag lunch break
3:00 pm  workshop ends


Ludovic Balland

Born in 1973, Ludovic Balland studied visual communication at the University of Art and Design in Basel before specializing in typography (training at Dalton & Maag, London) as well as in typesetting and book conception. In 2002, he founded the studio The Remingtons in Basel, focusing on typography and typesetting techniques. The studio was awarded several prizes, for example for the book Globus Cassus. In 2006, Balland founded his own studio, Typography Cabinet, with which he mainly purses typographical investigations and editorial design.
Balland regularly teaches at ECAL/University of Art and Design in Lausanne, where he teaches typography in master’s and bachelor’s classes. He was a guest professor of typography at the Bauhaus University Weimar (Germany) in 2008 and has given several typography workshops and lectures. His notable works include the design of the visual identity and catalog of the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, the design of the 4th volume of Herzog & de Meuron’s Complete Works (Birkhäuser), and the design of a new visual identity for the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. Typography Cabinet received a Certificate of Typographic Excellence from the TDC55 (Type Directors Club in New York) in 2009.
The three-volume catalogue series Teaching Architecture, designed by Balland, was chosen as one of the Most Beautiful Swiss Books in 2010 and won an honorary appreciation in the Best Book Design From All Over the World category at the Stiftung Buchkunst Leipzig in 2011. Balland was also a winner of the Swiss Federal Design Awards that same year.


Photo: Myleen Hollero

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