Type@Cooper - Designing an Original Typeface_

Designing an Original Typeface_


with Hannes Famira




Mon., Feb. 05 – Mon., Apr. 09, 2018
6:30PM – 9:30PM
location: On campus

Students will use their analytical grasp of the design space, the manual drawing skills and the digital draughting techniques aquired in the first term and apply them to their own, original design. The second term of the Extended Program will focus on developing a concept into a structurally sound typeface. This in-depth project will extend into the third term.


    Materials for the first class

  • photocopy paper 11" × 17"
  • assorted black felt tip markers of all different sizes from fine liner to super fat Sharpie
  • white-out marker
  • portfolio or any other means to transport tabloid sized work unharmed


The participants must have a laptop, running Mac OS 10.6 or higher at their disposal. A list of further drawing materials will be provided in the course of the program.




Instructor: Hannes Famira

Designing an Original Typeface_
Hannes Famira is a graduate of the KABK (Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague) in the Netherlands and founding principal of Famirafonts (formerly Kombinat-Typefounders). He is a graphic designer and type designer with 17 years of teaching experience in both disciplines at various schools and universities such as School for Design in Basel, Switzerland (SfG), Type@Cooper and The Cooper Union, School of Visual Arts (SVA), and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. After 30 years in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland he now lives in Brooklyn, NY. Hannes has been teaching in the Type@Cooper Extended and Condensed programs at the The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art since January 2011.

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