Type@Cooper - Introduction to Typeface Design

Introduction to Typeface Design


with Hannes Famira




Tue., Oct. 04 – Tue., Dec. 06, 2016
6:30PM – 9:30PM
location: On campus

After a basic introduction to the design space the students will research and choose a classic typeface in the public domain as the basis of a revival project. This course will establish a fundamental understanding of how typefaces work, both technically and aesthetically, and provide experience in the techniques used to create them. Students will leave the course prepared for more ambitious projects in the second and third term.


The participants must have a laptop, running Mac OS 10.6 or higher at their disposal. A list of further drawing and studying materials will be provided in the course of the program.

Apply for the Type@Cooper Extended Program.


Instructor: Hannes Famira

Introduction to Typeface Design
Hannes Famira is founding principal of Famirafonts (formerly Kombinat-Typefounders). He is a graphic designer, a type designer and a teacher of both disciplines. After 30 years in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland he now lives New York City.

He studied graphic and typographic design at the KABK (Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague) in the Netherlands. After apprenticeships at Studio Dumbar and the Font Bureau he worked at Meta Design, at the Buro Petr van Blokland and at House Industries.

Hannes started his own design studio Das Kombinat in 1999 and the Kombinat-Typefounders in 2001.

He taught various typography and type design classes at the SfG, School for Design in Basel (CH), at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art School of Art, SVA the School of Visual Arts, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the New Jersey City University, the Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen, the Kunsthochschule Kassel and the City University of New York. Hannes has been teaching in the Type@Cooper Extended and Condensed programs at the The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art since January 2011.

• famira.com
• Famirafonts
• Hannes on Twitter



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