Jonathan Hitchen

Book designer and Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at Manchester School of Art (UK)

Jonathan Hitchen is a book designer and senior lecturer in Graphic Design at Manchester School of Art. When he’s not teaching, or trying to persuade computers to make drawings, he works with The Modernist Society on their quarterly magazine. In 2017 he made work that examines the relationship between an audience and 3d glasses in Strelnikov’s Glasses and Other Stories (Society of the Spectacles, HOME MCR). He’s currently working on projects with The Portico Library about Peter Mark Roget and the Jorge Luis Borges short story The Library of Babel.


Sam Meech

Digital artist and knitter, and lecturer in Graphic Design at Manchester School of Art (UK)

Sam Meech is a digital artist and knitter, and lecturer in Graphic Design at Manchester School of Art. He combines a background in digital arts with a practice in textiles to create knitted animations, textile data visualisations and encrypted knitwear. Working in partnership with textile industry producers, and also through open-access workshops, he has create commissions for FACT (Liverpool, UK), Quartier Des Spectacles (Montreal, CA), and the Open Data Institute (London, UK). His large-scale ‘Punchcard Economy’ knitted banner was shown at HKW in 2015 as part of Transmediale 2015.

Tricotype (Alpha-knit)

TRICOTYPE is the first ever type foundry for knitted letterforms

Join our workshop & help us create a new “typespace” where the art & craft of textiles collides with type design…

…on a knitting machine.

Workshop participants will design a letterform using traditional punchcard techniques and manufacture a knitted pattern sample to take home and keep.

During this process we discuss the pros & cons of the punchcard from a type design perspective & consider how to negotiate recognizable glyph structures within the limitations of a very low resolution design space.

The finished designs will be compiled into a patternzine that will make a contribution to the well-established tradition of self- publishing & pattern-sharing within the knitting community.

May 18 & 19 at 10.00 & 12.00

Six places per session

The workshop takes about 90 minutes.
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