Type@Cooper - Drawn Letters

Drawn Letters


with Jim Parkinson




Sat., Nov. 14 – Sun., Nov. 15, 2015
10:00AM – 5:00PM
location: Letterform Archive Reading Room

Digital type works for many design projects but sometimes a job requires a tailored approach, whether for it’s unique appearance or to meet the particular demands of a client. Hand lettering fills this need with it’s versatility and commanding impact. Logos and editorial lettering are important applications for skills you will begin to learn in this workshop.

Over the course of two days, veteran lettering artist and type designer Jim Parkinson will explain his process and lead participants through exercises and lettering projects from concept to tight pencil draft. Through demonstrations and presentations the steps involved will be laid out, examples of fine lettering from the archive may be used for inspiration and reference.

Class size is limited to 12.

Required Materials
  • 2H pencil
  • sharpener
  • eraser
  • ruler
  • layout paper
  • tracing paper
  • tape
  • optional: various sizes of black marker




Instructor: Jim Parkinson

Drawn Letters
Jim Parkinson has been lettering and designing typefaces all his life. At least it seems that way. In the 1960s, he did greeting card lettering for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City. Later, back in Oakland, as a freelancer, he did lettering for just about everything including sign painting, lettering for packaging, book covers, editorial lettering, drum heads for bands, posters, movie titles, etc. In the 1970s, he designed the logo for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. 

Today, he specializes in designing typefaces and typographic logos. He was one of the designers of ITC Bodoni and he drew Parkinson Electra for Linotype. Jim has designed custom fonts for newspapers and magazines, including Rolling Stone, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The National Post. He has also designed dozens of retail fonts. Many of them are released by his one-person company, Parkinson Type Design. Other font designs have been published by Adobe, Monotype, FontShop, Linotype, The Font Bureau, and ITC. His typographic logos appear on the covers of many magazines and newspapers, including Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Esquire, InStyle, El Grafico, Men's Journal, Texas Monthly, Variety, The Detroit Free Press, Excelsior, The Los Angeles Times, and The National Post.

Jim loves lettering. It keeps him out of trouble.

• typedesign.com



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