The latest featured guest at the Digital Arts & Design program’s DLXS Speaker Series was designer, lettering artist, and calligrapher Neil Summerour, who spent last Friday evening in the Entertainment Business Auditorium speaking to students about his work in the industry and his passion for type design.
Through his type foundry Positype and his bespoke lettering and typeface design alter ego Swash & Kern, Neil has published more than 60 typeface families. Some of those fonts have appeared in campaigns for Victoria’s Secret, id Software, Discovery Channel, Panera Bread, and several other big-name clients.
Neil stuck around through the weekend to lead a two-day Analog & Digital Letting Workshop, organized by AIGA Orlando and SOTA (Society of Typographic Aficionados). Several local designers (including Full Sail faculty members) spent the weekend in Full Sail’s Art Studio working under Neil’s direction to explore brush, marker, pencil, and pen letter techniques, than take those hand-designed fonts and transfer them into a refined vector file. The main focus was to learn to balance traditional analog techniques with the flexibility of digital workflow.