Type@Cooper - Fundamentals of Typeface Design

Mon., Oct. 02 – Mon., Dec. 04, 2017
6:30PM – 9:30PM
location: The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive

Through an exploration of historical letter models, students learn to understand the formal and aesthetic considerations of typeface design. The principles of proportion, contrast and space are learned through practical exercises. Best practices for sketching, testing and prototyping ideas are introduced. With an emphasis on these underlying principles, students produce a contemporary digitization of a pre-digital era design. 


    Required Materials

  • A Mac Laptop running OS X
  • Extension cord
  • Paper and drawing materials (details will be provided upon acceptance to the program)


A student license for a font editor will be provided to all students.




Instructor: James Edmondson

Fundamentals of Typeface Design
After graduating from California College of the Arts, James received a masters from the TypeMedia program at The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, Netherlands. James lives in San Francisco, and runs OH no Type Company, an independent foundry focussed on display faces and expressive lettering.

• OH no Type Co

Instructor: Frank Grießhammer

Fundamentals of Typeface Design
Frank Grießhammer has been working as a type designer and font developer with Adobe since 2011.
Before coming to California, he graduated from the Type and Media masters program at the Royal Academy of The Hague in 2010, worked for FSI FontShop International in Berlin, and studied graphic design at Saarbrücken, Germany, and Florence, Italy.

• Frank Grießhammer

Instructor: Tânia Raposo

Fundamentals of Typeface Design
Tânia Raposo is a type and graphic designer from Portugal. She received her Graphic Design BFA at ESAD.IPL, Portugal and her Type and Media Master’s degree at KABK, Netherlands. She has worked as a graphic designer for the studios Itemzero in Lisbon and Atlas in Palma de Mallorca and as a curatorial assistant at the Letterform Archive. At the moment she is the Program Coordinator for Type@Cooper West and works as a freelance graphic and type designer.

After moving around Europe and the US she has now settled in the Bay Area. 
She buys too many books, collects stamps that look good and wishes one day Nick Sherman will take her to a Monster Truck Show. This wish has been granted.

• Tânia Raposo



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