Workshop: Principles of Type Design
John Downer, a professional type designer and lettering artist, will teach letterform proportions, optical weight adjustment & spacing. He will demonstrate both with a lettering brush and on the computer. Font editing software: Fontographer & TypeTool. Students need no prior lettering experience, but proficiency on the computer is a prerequisite. Also, students should bring to class original sketches for the letters H,D,O and n,o,p to scan. (No tracings or copies of previously-published type, please. All drawings should be first-generation artwork: pencil on paper.) Students may bring their own laptops to class, provided that a licensed copy of both Fontographer and TypeTool is installed.(*) No unlicensed copies of these font programs will be permitted.
Tal Leming of House Industries will assist with the teaching. Tal is coauthor of RoboFab, a type design toolkit utilizing both Python scripting and FontLab. He is a typographic designer, a type designer, and a font technology specialist.
Principles of Type Design by John Downer
2 sessions: Saturday and Sunday, June 19-June 20, 9:30am-4:30pm
This class is being offered through Cooper Union’s Continuing Education department this summer for more info or to register call (212) 353-4195. Cara Di Edwardo (Cooper Union).
(*) Note that TypeTool, as FontLab run without problem in demo mode and generally enough for workshops. Note also that Fontographer is already dead (not update during the last 10 years).