Type@Cooper - Calligraphy: Blackletter Fundamentals

Calligraphy: Blackletter Fundamentals

with Lynne Yun

Sat., Feb. 09 – Sun., Feb. 10, 2019
10:00AM – 5:00PM
location: On campus

Blackletter is a genre of calligraphic hands that is characterized by its bold, angular, and dense texture. This popular letter style has roots that go back hundreds of years. It was the prevalent writing style of Europe in the mid-12th century, and has endured for centuries in different regional styles and historical instances. Upright forms were most commonly used in books and famously became the very first printing types in the hands of Gutenberg and his colleagues. For more than 900 years blackletter styles have remained in common usage; today blackletter is not usually found as long passages of text, but usage ranges from packaging and logos to mastheads of printed and web-based news media.

In this workshop, participants will learn to write Gothic Textura with broad-edged dip pens. The first day of the workshop will be spent learning the basic letterforms with emphasis on spacing, rhythm, and consistency. The second day will be spent exploring variations of letter construction and ornamental features that could be applied to these letterforms.

This workshop will also introduce, through short lectures and printed hand-outs, the historical development of blackletter providing a broader view of the many styles and the evolution of the Latin script, such as Batârde, Fraktur, and Schwabacher. Participants will take away from this workshop basic practical skills and the visual vocabulary that lays the ground work for broader and deeper study of calligraphy and letter arts. All levels of experience are welcome.

    Required Materials

  • Higgins Eternal Ink (or similar non-waterproof ink)
  • Straight Penholder
  • Two pen nibs: Speedball C-0 & C-1
  • 9” x 12” or 11"x 14" Borden & Riley #37 Boris Marker Layout pad, or Canson Marker Layout pad
  • Masking tape
  • Paper towel or rag
  • Pencil & Eraser

Instructor: Lynne Yun

Calligraphy: Blackletter Fundamentals
Lynne Yun is a NYC-based type designer who specializes in typography, hand lettering, and calligraphy. She is a type designer at Monotype and is a board member of AIGA NY. From crafting handwritten calligraphic pieces to designing type for the screen, she enjoys the balancing act of form and function that is required when designing tools for communication. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and a postgraduate certificate in typeface design from the Type@Cooper Extended Program. Prior to working at Monotype, Lynne previously held positions as a graphic designer at Apple Inc., Publicis, and Deutsch. Her work has been recognized by organizations such as AIGA, Type Directors Club and Art Directors Club.

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