Carl Dair Typography Workshops

The Carl Dair Typography Workshops is coming to Winnipeg. We dare you to go!

Canadian type designer, teacher, and author Carl Dair (1912-1967) gained international recognition for his work in print and typography. In 2011, Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) worked with world-renowned typographer Rod McDonald to create the Carl Dair Typography Workshops, a movable feast of learning that travels throughout Canada to help designers develop the typographic skills required to produce powerful designs.

Over the course of two full days, Rod McDonald and Patrick Griffin of Canada Type will facilitate a two-part workshop that will provide attendees with a greater understanding of type, and how to use it to communicate more effectively. Rod and Patrick will challenge some commonly held ideas and beliefs regarding type and how it should be used. The workshop will have the following structure:

Part A (mornings): A lecture will present the evolution and development of typefaces from the mid 15th century to the present. This will provide an understanding of how typefaces were developed and changed over time and will help you learn how to choose typefaces or when to combine different typefaces in projects.

Part B (afternoons): A group discussion will work with attendee projects as examples to demonstrate how each job can be improved typographically. Attendees are encouraged to bring projects that are important to them, especially those that they feel can be improved. For example, projects could include a poster, a book layout, magazine editorial, a series of ads, a brochure, or an interface design.

These Carl Dair Typography Workshops are intended to enhance typographic knowledge and practical skills. Attendees will also have the unique opportunity to follow up with Rod or Patrick post-workshop with questions for a period of six months after the workshop.

These are two full-day working sessions intended to develop practical skills with one-on-one, personal access to two of North America's best type designers. Don't miss out!

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Rod McDonald FGDC

Rod McDonald is an award-winning type designer with over forty years experience. He has taught typography at both OCAD and NSCAD University.

In 2011 the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada released Gibson, a typeface designed to honour his long time friend and mentor John Gibson FGDC. All proceeds from Gibson are being donated to the GDC Design Education Committee. Read Rod's interview with Ryan Arruda at

Patrick Griffin

Patrick Griffin is one half of the phenomenal foundry called Canada Type. Based in Toronto, Patrick and his business partner Rebecca Alaccari create and sell a range of unique typefaces and historical revivals to creative firms all over the world.

His clients include the New York Times, MacLeans, Rogers, Shaw Communications, Bell Canada and the 2010 Winter Olympics. Read Patrick's interview with


Date: October 18 & 19, 2014. 9 AM - 4 PM

Location: Red River College, Princess Campus

Food: Coffee, lunch and snacks provided

Bring: All applicants must bring their own laptop, with working files for their project. A licensed copy of Adobe InDesign as well as licensed fonts should be used.

Registration deadline: October 13, 2014 (EXTENDED!)

Bonus: If you cannot attend the course (or even if you can), there will be a free, open-to-the-public lecture by Rod and Patrick at Red River College, Main Lecture Theatre A104 on Friday, October 17, 2014, at 7:00 PM. Please arrive early to ensure a seat.

Who Should Come

Applicants are expected to have taken at least one course in basic typography. All applicants must bring their own laptop and have a licensed copy of Adobe InDesign and fonts to be used. A recommended reading list will be announced a few weeks prior to the workshop; these books will cost under $50 in total.

In order to ensure that all participants can benefit from the workshop, space is very limited. There are only 25 spots available. All participants must be able to attend on both Saturday and Sunday.

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CDTW is proudly sponsored by the GDC Manitoba chapter. Our partners are Applied Arts Magazine, Canada Type, Monotype, Hambly and Wooley, and Red River College.