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Making Your First Font with Dan Cederholm

Taught by Dan Cederholm
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In this interactive Dribbble Workshop session, Dan Cederholm will demystify dipping your toes into the world of type design—he’ll show you that creatives of any stripe can take their letterform ideas and begin crafting them into fully-functional fonts. You’ll learn how to gather inspiration for your typeface, iterate upon letterforms, as well as translate your rough sketches into Glyphs app to start bringing your design to life.

Along the way you’ll gain insights into Dan’s unique creative journey—he’s a creative everyman who’s also been a consummate renaissance man over the course of his 20-year career. Under his SimpleBits moniker, Dan’s been coding, designing, writing books, hosting podcasts, puppeteering, selling his awesome brand of Advencher wares, and designing charming typeface families. (Oh, and this is in addition to also co-founding a little creative community called Dribbble, too.)

When you sign up for this limited-seat Dribbble Workshop session, you’re going to leave with a headful of actionable ideas on how these typeface designs came to life, as well as three free font weights from Dan’s very own typeface families. Plus, Dan is graciously giving every attendee a free ebook of his Twenty Bits I Learned About Making Fonts book & a discount to the hardcover!"

Plus, this workshop will be recorded and attendees will have access to the recording for 2-weeks after the workshop!

What you’ll learn

  • How to find type inspiration
  • Dan’s font-making process
  • Basics of Glyphs app
  • Working with paths
  • Designing alternates
  • Drawing monoline letterforms
  • Mastering diacritics
  • Tips to make your first font
  • …and much more!

Dan Cederholm

Co-founder of Dribbble & owner of SimpleBits

Dan Cederholm is the co-founder of Dribbble, owner and maker at SimpleBits, a tiny design company and shop. Cutting his teeth on standards-based web design almost 20 years ago, he mostly creates logos, fonts, and t-shirts these days. Dan has written several books on the craft of creating websites. He collects hobbies and is a dad in real life.

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Bulk discount offered to colleagues or classmates if 5 or more tickets are bought.

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Dribbble Workshops are live, limited-seat virtual sessions that let you learn valuable lessons directly from leading designers within the creative community. With a range of sessions spanning a diverse range of design disciplines—from logo design to lettering to systems design—Dribbble Workshops offer up opportunities for nearly every creative to build up important skills from the best in the biz.

Class sizes for Dribbble Workshops are kept small so you have the chance to engage, ask questions, and participate in these hands-on sessions. Since our workshop sessions are virtual, and concentrated into just a few hours, you can walk away with a laundry-list of new design insights and inspiration—all without needing to take extra time off of work or be away from the office.

Attending a Dribbble Workshop is easy—once you reserve your ticket through Dribbble, we’ll be in touch with a confirmation receipt and unique attendance URL that will allow you to access the event at its advertised date and time.

Dribbble Workshops take place over Zoom, one of the leading video conferencing platforms available. This means we can reliably connect you with your workshop host and fellow attendees—no matter where they are located across the globe. For instructions on how to use Zoom on your preferred device, be sure to check out their online setup guide.

Our Dribbble Workshop session with Dan Cederholm takes place on December 15, 2021. The session begins at 9:00AM (PST).

As a heads-up, please take note that all workshop session times are in Pacific Standard Time, so plan accordingly!

Tickets for this workshop are on sale until December 14, —but you’ll want to act fast, since seats are limited. Don’t miss out, designers!

Nope, you don’t need a Dribbble account to attend a workshop, but we still encourage you to join our creative community. We’d love to have you join our platform—it’s free!

Dribbble Workshops are live and in living color. You’ll be sitting in the same virtual room as your instructor—meaning you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and network with fellow creative attendees.

So you want to attend a Dribbble Workshop, but you don’t know how to ask your manager? Here are a few talking points to get your boss on board!

  • You’ll get inspired and re-energized

    Dribbble Workshops offer small class sizes with some of the most recognized design legends, industry leaders, and inspiring up-and-comers. You’ll come away from a Dribbble Workshop with tangible takeaways and feeling challenged and inspired to do your best work.

  • You’ll make meaningful connections in an intimate setting

    Dribbble Workshops are small on purpose. We want to offer an atmosphere ideal for purposeful conversations and lasting relationships with your favorite designers and other like-minded creatives.

  • You’ll bring back new ideas, best practices, and other valuable takeaways

    We all need to get re-inspired and challenged in order to grow as designers. You’ll be equipped to share the valuable lessons you learn at a Dribbble Workshop with your team!

  • An awesome, jam-packed creative time—in just a few hours

    Since Dribbble Workshops take place over the course of a quick few hours, they don’t require extended time away from the office—or for you to even leave home. They’re a perfect, socially-distanced way to learn important new skills and make rewarding creative connections.

Sorry, all workshop ticket sales are final. But if you’d like to transfer your ticket to another person, just drop us a line at before December 14, 2021.