Type@Cooper - Designing an Original Typeface

Designing an Original Typeface


with Hannes Famira




Mon., Feb. 06 – Mon., Apr. 10, 2017
6:30PM – 9:30PM
location: On campus

Students will use their analytical grasp of the design space, the manual drawing skills and the digital draughting techniques aquired in the first term and apply them to their own, original design. The second term of the Extended Program will focus on developing a concept into a structurally sound typeface. This in-depth project will extend into the third term.


    Materials list for the first class

  • photocopy paper 11" × 17"
  • assorted black felt tip markers of all different sizes from fine liner to super fat Sharpie
  • white-out marker
  • portfolio or any other means to transport tabloid sized work unharmed


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

Apply for the Type@Cooper Extended Program.


Instructor: Hannes Famira

Designing an Original Typeface
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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