Type@Cooper - Expanding a Type Family

Expanding a Type Family


with Andy Clymer




Sat., Sep. 17 – Sun., Sep. 18, 2016
10:00AM – 5:00PM
location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Workshop participants will explore the process of turning one style of a typeface they have already been designing into a larger family of type. Techniques will be explored and applied to design lighter and heavier font masters with the goal of interpolating a range of intermediate styles, while studying how proportions and details change when adapting a typeface design for different weights, widths or optical sizes. Attendees will make prototypes of additional font masters and will explore the interpolation design space between then (choosing how heavy the "Bold" weight will be between the "Regular" and "Ultra Black" font masters, for instance), with an emphasis on proofing and testing the results.


    Required Materials

  • Your own laptop
  • Your own typeface design currently being developed in RoboFont, Glyphs or FontLab Studio.
  • Pens or pencils for sketching


This class will be given as an introduction to the subject, and attendees are expected to arrive with one style of a typeface design that they're currently developing. Students should being their own laptops — the techniques explored in this workshop can be applied to work in any modern font editor but demonstrations will be presented in RoboFont.





Instructor: Andy Clymer

Expanding a Type Family
Andy Clymer is a typeface designer and developer at H&Co. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design from San Diego State University and a Master of Design degree in type design from the Type & Media postgraduate course at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Art) in The Hague, Netherlands. While in The Hague, Andy was influenced heavily by the notion that type designers have had for centuries of building one’s own tools for the job — mechanical bits and pieces, historically, and now bits and pieces of software. This carries through into his role at H&Co where he contributes both to the design of retail and custom typefaces and to the software that helps produce them.

• Andy Clymer
• Hoefler&Co.



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