Type@Cooper - Principles of Typeface Design: An Introduction

Principles of Typeface Design: An Introduction


with Tânia Raposo and Frank Grießhammer




Wed., May. 18 – Wed., Jul. 13, 2016
6:30PM – 10:00PM
location: Letterform Archive Reading Room

8 Wednesday evenings from May 18th to July 13th skipping June 1st.

This 8 week 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 digitization 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

  • laptop, running Mac OS 10.6 or higher with InDesign or Illustrator installed
  • sketching paper
  • tracing paper
  • no. 2 pencil
  • black felt tip markers of all different sizes from fine liner to super fat Sharpie
  • eraser
  • white out


Beginners are welcome, as are more experienced participants. A working knowledge of bézier drawing tools (i.e. 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, free temporary licenses for Robofont, the new standard application for typeface design, will be made available to all participants.





Instructor: Tânia Raposo

Principles of Typeface Design: An Introduction
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

Instructor: Frank Grießhammer

Principles of Typeface Design: An Introduction
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



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