Type@Cooper - Brush Lettering

Brush Lettering


with Ken Barber




Wed., Jun. 21 – Thu., Jun. 22, 2017
9:00AM – 4:00PM
location: On campus

A discount is available to Typographics conference participants. A promotional discount code will be found on the PDF of your conference ticket. Please apply the code to workshop registration.

It's hard to match the appeal of the highly adaptable brush script letter. Friendly and flexible, its conversational tone and versatility makes brush script 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 script. Referencing various tools, techniques and models, participants will learn the basics of the style one stroke at a time, before honing 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 writing, drawing and implementing brush script lettering in various design contexts.


    The following materials are required for the workshop:

  • 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


A pair of brush markers will be supplied to participants for a materials fee of $7, payable to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop.

Please note that this workshop will focus on manual exercises intended to underscore ideas fundamental to brush script lettering. Although workshop participants will not be using vector drawing software, a brief presentation on brush script digitizing strategies will be given.





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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