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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Digitizing Type: RoboFont for Beginners
Digitizing Type: RoboFont for Beginners

This two-day workshop is for graphic designers, those interested in typeface design and those that are ready for a RoboFont refresher.

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Responsive Design & Web Typography
Responsive Design & Web Typography

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.

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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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Typesetting on The Web
Typesetting on the Web Class NYC

The course will cover a multitude of ways to achieve common layouts and will move onto more advanced ones with a focus on typography.

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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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Roman Capitals
Roman Capitals: Proportions and Anatomy with Richard Lipton

This course will tackle the design of the roman capitals with some perspective of their place in history and with simple drawing techniques.

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Branding with Type
Ellen Lupton Branding with Type

Explore the fundamentals of typographic styling and layout while drawing inspiration from spectacular pieces from the collection of Cooper Union’s Lubalin Center.

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Typography: Fundamentals
Typography Fundamentals

The workshop will mix the theoretical principles with practical applications. The history, formal elements and the practice of typography will all be explored.

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Sign Painting
Sign Painting with John Downer

This workshop will focused on single stroke casual brush lettering, covering proper form & efficient execution.

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Color and Composition
Color and Composition with John Downer

This workshop will cover several of the most accepted approaches to laying out lettering and making it work chromatically.

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Typographics: Essentials
Sign Painting with John Downer

Learn how and why pair typefaces, how to solve intricate typographic hierarchies, and how to fine-tune long passages of text.

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Back in Black(letter)!
Back in blackletter Calligraphy Workshop

Learn to write a basic Blackletter alphabet in this workshop appropriate for both novices and seasoned scribes.

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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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Freehand Lettering
Freehand Letteringr

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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  • 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.