Type Design for Non-Type Designers

Type Design Non Designers

Cost: $565.00

Instructor(s): Matteo Bologna and Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer

2 In-Person Sessions (Important: please read policies below) 

Sunday, June 19 & Monday, June 29, 2022

9:00 am–5:00 pm

LOCATION: Cooper Union Campus


IMPORTANT: to participate in classes on campus

  • Please be prepared to arrive up to 30 minutes early on the first class to present proof of vaccination, booster and a state issued picture ID in the lobby of 41 Cooper Square.
  • You must wear a mask at all times inside the school.
  • A school ID will be issued so you can enter all subsequent weeks by showing it to the guards. A photo will be taken on the first evening of your class for the ID card.
  • Unvaccinated individuals will not be allowed access to campus buildings. 
  • If you are not able to arrive up to 30 minutes before class on the first session or within 1 hour of the start of the first class session, please request to withdraw from class by email. Policies apply

Typographics “in-person” attendees can receive a 10% discount on this workshop. Look for the discount code on the ticket confirmation from Eventbrite.

Get a fun crash course in designing type from your couch, with Matteo Bologna (Mucca Design) and Rainer Scheichelbauer (Glyphs).

In this two-day class, you will learn the basics of designing and generating a variable font with the font-design software Glyphs (Mac only). Go beyond choosing the same typefaces from the type menu to creating your own.

In the Sunday session, we will learn the basics of drawing a font, generate the font, and use it in an Adobe app or a web browser. In the afternoon, we will add additional letters to the font, learning how to space them, add diacritics and punctuation.

On Monday, we add a wide version of the same typeface, create a variable font—and make it animate in a web browser.

At the end of the class, you will not have a finished font, but a respectable start and a deep understanding about how fonts are made. And maybe you’ll become a type design addict. You have been warned.

Required Materials

  • Get online with your Mac (macOS 10.11+, no Windows, sorry) and [Glyphs 3](http://updates.glyphsapp.com/latest3.php) preinstalled. The trial version suffices.
  • No prior experience is required in font design, but some experience with Bézier-based vector drawing tools is useful
  • Participants receive an extended trial license for Glyphs 3 and can purchase their own full license at a discount.

Students will need to show their vaccine card at the guards' desk upon entrance. You must be boosted and wear a mask indoors.

IMPORTANT: This class will be held in-person on campus, but if you want to join virtually, we can send you a Zoom link to take the class remotely. Enroll as usual but send us an email to let us know you want to join virtually.

Course Code: TD22

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