InkTrap is an online instance of the Type Design course taught at the Master in Graphic Design and Editorial Projects at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto (FBAUP).

This website is an ongoing effort aimed at providing public news and resources to support and promote the activities held during classes, complementing the current online e-learning platforms and main bibliographic references.

Latest News

Redaction: an original approach to variable font masters

This year’s edition of the Fontstand Conference was an amazing one-day event! The culture, design, and typefaces presented by internationally acclaimed type designers were mind-blowing. One such presentation was Jeremy Mickel’s. He presented us with this fantastic typeface. As a hybrid revival of Times and Century, it is an excellent Case Study to be further… Continue reading Redaction: an original approach to variable font masters

Unbounded: a new open source variable font

Unbounded, a recent typeface constitutes the kind of work expected from FBAUP’s typeface design students. Especially considering the contents and presentation in the interactive digital specimen. Although not explicitly sourced from historical exemplars (thus… not really a revival as we do in the master’s course), the type specimen presents the concept, anatomy features, character set,… Continue reading Unbounded: a new open source variable font

Communication Arts award for Loretta Type Familly

The Loretta typeface family, designed by Joana Correia and Abel Martins — a former award-winning student from the MDGPE master program—, now working with Joana Correia at Nova Type Foundry, was awarded a Communication Arts (CA) prize in the 2022 Typography competition. A heartfelt congratulations to both, and a special thank you for promoting the… Continue reading Communication Arts award for Loretta Type Familly

From the Syllabus

Typeface Design Evaluation Criteria

The quality assessment (QA) or the evaluation of the quality of a typeface design is a very complex task, as it requires assessing the design’s technical, contextual, and aesthetic qualities.

Course Portfolio

Chiswell

Chiswell is a Garalde typeface optimized for text and captions, designed by Ricardo Dantas in 2021. Its concept derives from the intersectional design space of two famous typographers – Caslon and Fournier. It aims for a sharp x-height and classic features providing an optical variation axis for small text size compositions, such as captions and… Continue reading Chiswell

Claredon*t

Claredon*t is an Egyptian [clarendon] typeface designed by Ana Rita Antunes, Beatriz Gomes, Diana Pereira in 2021. The final module of the course program is usually distributed over a period of six to eight weeks. During this module, students are encouraged to work in groups. They are required to design a text typeface based on… Continue reading Claredon*t

Moderna

Moderna is a geometric, linear, sans-serif, one-axis Variable Font. Heavily influenced by the geometric typefaces from the early twentieth century it provides an even color to text compositions. Designed by Beatriz Almeida, Diana Ferreira and Gabriela Moreira in 2021. Its main influences are fonts such as Futura (1927) by Paul Renner, Kabel by Rudolf Koch… Continue reading Moderna

Character Design Patterns

Ogee Curves

This is a character design pattern learned last week during John Stevens Capital’s Immersion Class — the Ogee Curve. Stevens used it to describe the small inward cup, or “dip” present in the Monumental Capital (AKA Trajan) top stem serif.