Type@Cooper - Brush Lettering

Brush Lettering


with Ken Barber




Sat., Mar. 11 – Sun., Mar. 12, 2017
10:00AM – 5:00PM
location: On campus

It's hard to match the appeal of the highly adaptable brush letter. Friendly and flexible, its conversational tone and versatility makes brush lettering ideal for a wide range of applications: from editorial layouts to logotype design.

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. Comprehensive slide presentations, demonstrations, skill-building exercises and personal critiques will provide further guidance as students acquire a practical foundation for drawing and implementing brush lettering in various design contexts.


    Required Materials

  • No.2 pencils (conventional or mechanical)
  • pencil sharpener, if applicable
  • eraser
  • pad of tracing paper, at least 8.5″ x 11″
  • 12 inch ruler
  • Sharpie® Fine and Extra Fine marker
  • adhesive tape for posting sketches

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Instructor: Ken Barber

Brush Lettering
Ken Barber is a letterer, type designer and type director at design studio and type foundry House Industries. He is also a partner of Photo-Lettering, Inc., the online lettering-vending service nominated by the Design Museum London as a 2011 Design of the Year recipient. Ken's work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and has been honored by the New York Type Directors Club. Association Typographique Internationale recently selected several of his typefaces for inclusion in the organization’s decennial design competition. In addition to teaching at Maryland Institute College of Art, Ken regularly lectures internationally on the subjects of lettering and typography. He also manages typeandlettering.com, an online resource for students and attendees of his frequent workshops.

• Type and Lettering
• House Industries



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