Workshops Multiscript Typography

A practical introduction to multiscript typography with Jo De Baerdemaeker and Fiona Ross

Two 3-day workshops focussing on South Asian and Arabic scripts combine lecture segments and practical exercises with a unique opportunity to handle rare primary sources from the collections of the Museum Plantin-Moretus and the Non-Latin Type Collection, University of Reading.


This workshop is designed to enable participants to develop an informed analytical view of multi-script types and their use in multi-lingual publications for print and screen.

Following on from tailored lettering and design exercises, practical application will range from letterpress printing to working with current word-processing and graphic design software.

Who can attend?

Whether you are a typeface designer, graphic designer, book designer, information designer, logo designer, webdesigner, application designer, videogame designer, letterer, calligrapher, printer, bibliophile, publisher, editor, librarian, or just fascinated with typefaces, all are welcome to attend the workshops, and do not need to have previous knowledge of these scripts or languages.
You can either start fresh or even bring a project that you are currently working on and needs further attention.

What can you expect?

The intensive workshops are a full hands-on experience, and include:
• writing and lettering exercises
• printing practices
• access to unique primary sources from the archives of the Museum Plantin-Moretus and from the Non-Latin Typeface Collection of the University of Reading
• digitisation of the characters
• application and implementation of typefaces in wordprocessing software
• individual feedback session
• group discussions

In addition, specific indepth lectures will enrich and contextualise the analysis of the typographic praxis.

Workshop 1: Arabic, Syriac & Mongolian scripts

23-25 March 2018

Workshop 2: South Asian scripts

8-10 June 2018

The workshops are in English and will be conducted by Jo De Baerdemaeker and Fiona Ross.

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Workshop 1: Friday 23 March till Sunday 25 March, from 9.30 till 16.40 h.
Workshop 2: Friday 8 June till Sunday 10 June, from 9.30 till 16.40 h.


Museum Plantin-Moretus, Vrijdagmarkt 22, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium


Enrolment fee: € 630 per workshop
We offer a reduction of 20% on the enrolment fee to students until one year after graduating at a university or a comparable institute, and to alumni of the Plantin Institute of Typography. Please contact us by email to check you are eligible for the reduced enrolment fee.

A minimum of 7 participants is required to enable this workshop from happening.
To enrol, fill in this form.
To request further information, send an email to Jo De Baerdemaeker at

You can download our leaflet here (PDF).