Principles of Typeface Design: The Fundamentals with Troy Leinster

A course on the Principles of Typeface Design: The Fundamentals

Principles of Typeface Design: The Fundamentals

Registration Status: This course is no longer being offered

Session Dates: February 01, 2018 - April 12, 2018

Cost: $880.00

Always wanted to make your own typeface but don’t know where to start? In
this ten-week course we’ll take you through the process step-by-step.
You’ll be introduced to the principles of typeface design, sketching
methods, the tools and processes involved in making a working font.

Together we'll explore idea generation methods and how to push your
creative boundaries to discover new and exciting letterforms. You’ll learn
how to sketch type, write a typeface brief, and use a font editor* to
professionally draw
and space your font.

Beginners with a knowledge of Bézier drawing tools are welcome, as are more
experienced participants, and those interested in developing their
portfolio for application to further type design studies.

This class will meet for 10 Thursdays, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, skipping March 8, 2018.

Required materials:

  • 11" × 17” bleedproof marker paper
  • 4mm broad nib, pointed nib, pen holder and black ink (can be
    purchased on first night of class)
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Sharpie 32001 Twin-Tip black
  • Mac OS X 10.9+
  • Adobe InDesign

*A free temporary license for RoboFont will be made available to all

Students MUST enroll 5 business days prior to the course start date, The final day to register is February 2nd., students enrolling after this date will pay a $15 late fee.

Please read: students MUST enroll 5 business days prior to the course start date, the final day to register without paying a $15 late fee for all classes in the Summer 2017 semester is May 22nd.

Course Code: 134988

Instructor(s): Troy Leinster

  • 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.”

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  • 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.