Type@Cooper - Principles of Typeface Design

Principles of Typeface Design


with Troy Leinster




Wed., Jun. 06 – Wed., Aug. 08, 2018
6:30PM – 9:30PM
tuition: $ 790

location: On campus

Always wanted to make your own typeface but don’t know where to start? In this ten-week course, takes you through the process step-by-step. You’ll be introduced to the principles of typeface design, sketching methods, the tools, and processes involved in making a working font.

Together we'll explore idea generation methods and how to push your creative boundaries to discover new and exciting letterforms. You’ll learn how to sketch type, write a typeface brief, and use a font editor* to professionally draw and space your font.

Beginners with a knowledge of Bézier drawing tools are welcome, as are more experienced participants, and those interested in developing their portfolio for application to further type design studies.


    Required Materials

  • 11" × 17” bleedproof marker paper
  • 4mm broad nib, pointed nib, pen holder and black ink (can be purchased on first night of class)
  • pencil and ruler
  • Sharpie 32001 Twin-Tip black
  • laptop, running Mac OS X 10.9+
  • Adobe InDesign


*A free temporary license for RoboFont will be made available to all participants.

This class will meet for 9 Wednesdays, skipping July 4, 2018.

Registration for this course will open in early May. Please join the mailing list for reminders and updates.


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Instructor: Troy Leinster

Principles of Typeface Design
Troy Leinster is an Australian typeface designer at Hoefler & Co in New York City. He holds a Masters Degree in Typeface Design from Type & Media program at The Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague, and is a graduate of the first Type@Cooper Condensed Program in New York. At Hoefler & Co his projects have included retail typefaces such as the Ringside superfamily, Peristyle, Isotope and Operator Mono. 




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