A two days workshop + exhibition with the proposal to draw together a parametric font using metafont/metapost, a near-DIN or Belgicka shaped lettering based on the "Hoguet" one that can be found on the building. The workshop evolves to the drawing of a more baroque font, and a small parametric one!
All participants are working on the same etherpad in a browser, so no software install is needed. Everyone can begin to draw after a few minutes when knowing only the first of the large amount of mathematical commands provided by Metapost. After a few hours, each participant can copy parts of code from other, so the learning curve is quick, and emulating. Because some part of the code is shared, the feeling of a community drawing the same font, even with a large autonomy for each glyph, is palpable. And it provide a good way to avoid the nerdy ambiance of many workshops based on coding on a solitary way.
Technically, an etherpad server could run on a Raspberry Pi on the wifi network (no need for an internet connection), one script is producing previews of each glyph on a common beamed webpage, and another script allows to plot each drawing on a pen plotter machine when a participant want to keep a specific stage.
11 + 12 November 2016. In the frame of Saison des Culture Numériques and at Maison du Livre in Saint-Gilles (Brussels), with the warm organisation by Dragan Marković, and the exhibition "Books with an attitude" provided by Constant VZW. Participants : Camille Vinck, Amélie Fenain, Adèle Grégoire, Martin Campillo, Justine Pochon, Morgane Le Ferec, Quentin Jumelin, Jean Olgiati, Marie Frenois, Gaël Lombardo Cornet, Raphaëlle Lasausse, Nelson Henry, Benjamin Pruvost, Laurie Giraud, Laurent Müller, Lisa Gilot, Paol Darcel, Amélie Dumont, Dragan Marković, Ludi Loiseau, Alexandre Leray, Gijs De Heij, Antoine Gelgon and Pierre Huyghebaert.