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).

Jean François Porchez, 11 May 2004

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