Type@Cooper - Designing an Original Typeface

Designing an Original Typeface


with Christian Schwartz and Berton Hasebe




Tue., Feb. 02 – Tue., Apr. 05, 2016
6:30PM – 9:30PM
location: On campus

Expression and personal investment take precedence when designing a new typeface from scratch. In this course, students will hone their new skills while learning to develop an original concept into a structurally sound design. This in-depth project will extend into the third term.



Lecturer: Christian Schwartz

Designing an Original Typeface
Christian Schwartz is a partner, with London-based designer Paul Barnes, in the type foundry Commercial Type. Schwartz has published fonts with many respected independent foundries and designed proprietary typefaces for corporations and publications worldwide.

Schwartz and Barnes began an ongoing collaboration in 2005 with their extensive typeface system for The Guardian, which led to honors from the Design Museum and D&AD. The two have completed custom typefaces for clients including Esquire, the Empire State Building, Bosch, The New York Times, and Bloomberg Businessweek. In 2007, Schwartz was awarded the prestigious Prix Charles Peignot, given every four or five years by the Association Typographique Internationale to a designer under 35 who has made “an outstanding contribution to the field of type design”.

• christianschwartz.com
• Commercial Type

Lecturer: Berton Hasebe

Designing an Original Typeface
Berton Hasebe is a type designer living in New York. From 2008–2013 he worked at Commercial Type, helping to develop typefaces for retail release, and custom typefaces for clients including Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Times, Nike, and Wallpaper*. Through Commercial Type he's released the typefaces Druk, Portrait and Platform. Since 2013 he's worked independently and teaches typography at Parsons The New School for Design and type design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Berton received his bachelors degree in graphic design from Otis College of Art and Design in 2005, and moved to the Netherlands in 2007 to study type design at the Type and Media masters program at The Royal Academy of Art in the Hague (KABK). His typeface Alda, designed while attending Type and Media, was awarded the 2008 judges pick from the Type Directors Club in New York and was released by Emigre in 2011.

Berton's work has been recognized by the ATypI, BRNO Biennale, TDC, and Tokyo TDC. In 2012 he was featured as one of Print Magazine’s New Visual Artists.

• Berton Hasebe



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