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.

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, see many examples of historical and contemporary fine writing and learn to understand and write the italic letterforms.

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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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The Mechanics of Typographic Space
The Mechanics of Typographic Space

Typography is an essential aspect of graphic communication, but the mechanics involved in doing so elegantly can sometimes seem mystifying. This course helps to understand the elements to implement strong typography.

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Responsive Design & Web Typography
The Mechanics of Typographic Space

Print and web designers, type designers, and DIY publishers can catch up on the basics of contemporary web design by building a small-scale web project from scratch, focusing on responsive design and typography using modern HTML & CSS.

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Flourished Script Lettering
Flourished Script Lettering

During this workshop, students will learn techniques for drawing well-constructed and attractive flourishes to enhance logotype, packaging and publication work.

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The Modern Letter
The Modern Letter

In this workshop, students will learn how to customize hand-drawn Modern letterforms and exploit their inherent versatility for different uses.

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Modular Lettering
Modular Lettering

John Downer will draw on his experience as a sign painter and type designer to teach traditional approaches. Focusing on two styles: Half Block and Gaspipe.

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Proportions
Proportions

This course will address matters of concern regarding character proportions, stroke weights, curve descriptions, and miscellaneous ratios in type design.

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Hand-Lettered Logotypes
Hand-Lettered Logotypes

During this two-day workshop, students will acquire skills to design and apply effective word-based marks for personal and professional use.

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Brush Lettering
Brush Lettering

This two-day workshop will provide a basic overview of freehand brush lettering. Referencing various tools, techniques, and models, participants will hone their drawing skills as they take a wordmark from concept to completion.

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Spencerian Lettering
Spencerian Lettering

In this workshop, students will acquire the basics for drawing upper- and lowercase letterforms, along with the flourishing methods that are particular to the style.

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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.