The workshops that take place during Weltformat Graphic Design Festival offer participants the opportunity to learn new design techniques as well as get to know different design approaches. In 2019 a total of seven workshops took place.
During the workshop with Dinamo, participants learned about the world of variable fonts. Using scissors and paper, but also computers, they explored the possible ways of applying variable fonts and put their own ideas into practice.
Ines Cox reflects on the use of technical and digital tools and critically examines the relationship between technology and design. During the three-day workshop with Cox, the participants playfully explored approaches to different technical processes and applications.
With her work, Anja Kaiser offers a platform for ideas and topics that she’s personally concerned with. She showed participants of her workshop how they can visually present messages and content that are important to them in different ways.
Due to the great demand, the range of workshops was expanded again in 2019, this time by three evening workshops. In addition to the three three-day workshops, short evening seminars were held to give participants an insight into particular design techniques.
Dafi Kühne and Anna Haas showed participants how posters can be printed with modular, self-made cardboard printing forms using a letterpress. Kühne, who himself prints exclusively on letterpresses, noted that exciting design requires more than just an extraordinary printing technique; eagerness to experiment, curiosity and an elaborate idea are the key to unique designs.
Ted Davis has developed basil.js, an open source scripting library that allows designers to automate certain design processes. During his workshop, participants received a basil.js crash course and learned about application areas of the tool.
Programming was also part of Jürg Lehni’s workshop: The developer of the scripting framework Paper.js showed possible applications of the "Swiss army knife of vector graphics".
The Welterbe workshop is aimed at kids and teenagers who want to get to know various ways of visual communication. The goal is for them to develop their own visual language and to sharpen it using visuals and typography creating unique prints.
Savino Caruso, Lucerne