Type@Cooper - Principles of Typeface Design: The Fundamentals.

Principles of Typeface Design: The Fundamentals.


with Troy Leinster




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

This course is for anyone who has always wanted to design their own typeface, but is unsure where to start. Or for those who just love type, and wish they knew more about how it works. The participants will engage with the fundamental methods, tools and principles involved in the making of a digital typeface. For participants with more ambitious personal goals additional guidance will be provided for efforts between class sessions.

The course will take the participants from basic sketching through hand-drawn type to the digization of their own, original letter forms. Working with each student step by step through the process of creating a working typeface of their very own, this course will provide a fundamental understanding of how typefaces work both technically and aesthetically, and experience in making them.


    Required Materials

  • 11" × 17” paper, slightly transparent
  • broad nib, pointed nib pen and black ink
  • black felt tip markers and white out
  • 4h or harder pencil and 18" ruler
  • laptop, running Mac OS 10.6 or higher
  • Adobe InDesign


Beginners are welcome, as are more experienced participants and those interested in developing their portfolio for application to further type design studies. A working knowledge of bézier drawing tools (ie. the pen tool in Illustrator) as well as some background with either lettering or typography are recommended but not required. Students must be able to work on their own laptop, running Mac OS 10.6 or higher; free temporary licenses for Robofont will be made available to all participants.

Registration will open September 7



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Instructor: Troy Leinster

Principles of Typeface Design: The Fundamentals.
Troy Leinster is a typeface designer at Hoefler & Co in New York City. Originally from Brisbane, Australia, he is a graduate of the Type & Media MA program at The Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague, and a graduate of the first Type@Cooper Condensed Program in New York. At H&Co he has collaborated on retail typefaces such as the Ringside superfamily and Operator Mono.



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