Type@Cooper - Fundamentals of Flat Brush Lettering: Block Capitals & Condensed Casuals

Fundamentals of Flat Brush Lettering: Block Capitals & Condensed Casuals


with John Downer




Sat., Apr. 22 – Sun., Apr. 23, 2017
10:00AM – 5:00PM
location: On campus

Sign painters use styles that can be lettered efficiently with a flat brush. The shape of the brush itself leads to particular aesthetic qualities in the lettering. Strokes of the brush, when formed effectively, give the lettering a personality of its own.

Two staples of the vernacular American genre will be covered: single stroke block and single stroke casual.


    Required Materials

  • Soft lead pencil, eraser, apron or smock
  • Unvarnished inexpensive wooden yardstick
  • $20 materials fee to cover the costs of the 1/4ā€ flat lettering brush, tempera paint, cardstock, and assorted disposable supplies


No prior lettering experience is required, but students should have an interest in making orthodox letterforms. In addition, drawing aptitude is a bonus.


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Instructor: John Downer

Fundamentals of Flat Brush Lettering: Block Capitals & Condensed Casuals
Mr. Downer has been a journeyman sign painter since 1973, a freelance typeface designer since 1983, and a crusader for designersā€™ rights his entire adult life in the lettering game. He has written about type and type history for various publications, and he is widely known as a perceptive type critic. His typefaces have been published by Bitstream, Font Bureau, Emigre, House Industries, and Design Lab. Stylistically, his designs refer to various eras of history and means of letterform production: 19th- and 20th-century American sign painting and show card writing; 19th- and 20th-century American chromolithography and wood type; 18th-century European book types; 15th- and 16th-century Chancery cursive writing styles; 15th- and 16th-century Venetian printing; and 2nd-century Imperial Roman epigraphy.



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