TYPOGRAPHY & CALLIGRAPHY

Type@Cooper and the Continuing Education Department of The Cooper Union, in conjunction with the Type Directors Club, offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Typeface Design.

Public Workshops, taught by top industry professionals, are offered to provide training in lettering, type history, typeface design, technology and production to anyone wishing to build skills and their knowledge base.

Basic Python ProgrammingBasic Python Programming for Typeface Design

In this workshop, students will gain a basic understanding of how to program in Python and how to use those skills in Robofont.

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Calligraphy: Blackletter Fundamentals
Calligraphy: Blackletter Fundamentals with Lynne Yun

In this workshop, students will learn to write Gothic Textura with broad-edged dip pens focusing on the historical development of blackletter and the many styles and the evolution of the Latin script.

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Calligraphy: The Italic Hand
Calligraphy Class in New York The Italic Hand course

In this class students learn the fundamentals of handling the tools of the calligrapher and to understand and write the italic letterforms.

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Capital Letter Breakdown
Capital Letter Breakdown with Gen Ramirez

In this two-day introductory workshop, students will explore the historical roots and anatomy of capital letters. Analyzing the stylistic properties and the structural elements of the Roman capitals.

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Freehand Lettering
Freehand Lettering ken Barber

This workshop will provide an introduction to freehand lettering, with an emphasis on its use in branding, advertising, and editorial design.

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Ghosts of Calligraphy and Type
Ghost of Calligraphy and Type with Carl Rohrs

This workshop will explore the specialized techniques for making modern letterforms with flat pen, flat brush, pointed brush and ruling pen.

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Grid Systems: 8-Hour Type Spa
Grid Systems: Eight-Hour Type Spa with Ellen Lupton

Devote your mind to a day of grid theory and typographic inquiry. Massage your frontal lobe and pamper your typographic playbook.

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Introduction to Lettering
Introduction to Lettering with Ken Barber

Instruction will focus on developing fundamental hand skills, primarily by means of manual pencil-drawing techniques. Participants will gain a solid basis in the principles that make for successful lettering.

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Mechanics of Typography
The Mechanics of Typographic Space

Typography is an essential aspect of graphic communication, but the mechanics involved can sometimes seem mystifying.

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Movable Type: Animation for Typographers
Movable Type: Animation for Typographers

In this 10-week course, you’ll learn the basics of Adobe After Effects as well as the fundamental principles of animation and its effect on design, typography, and meaning.

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Principles of Typeface Design 
Principles of Typeface Design: the fundamentals - typeface design class

This course is for anyone who has always wanted to design their own typeface, but is unsure where to start. Or for those who just love type, and wish they knew more about how it works.

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Responsive Design & Web Typography
Responsive Design & Web Typography

Designers of all types can catch up on the basics of contemporary web design by building a web project from scratch, focusing on responsive design and typography.

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Shapeshifting Typefaces
Shapeshifting Typefaces with Nick Sherman

This workshop will cover the process of adapting traditional type families into a variable font format, but will also explore experiments with non-standard design spaces and developing new variable typefaces from scratch.

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Sign Painting: The Great American Price TicketResponsive Design & Web Typography

This workshop will provide instruction in the use of Speedball pens, show card brushes and felt-tip markers and will deal with establishing a hierarchy of lettering styles and color.

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Letter Anatomy: Italics and Scripts
Letter Anatomy: Italics Scripts with John Downer

This workshop will help students understand letter-construction principles and learn the proper ways of connecting script letters.

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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.