Type@Cooper - Principles of Typeface Design

Principles of Typeface Design


with Troy Leinster




Wed., Oct. 03 – Wed., Dec. 12, 2018
6:30PM – 9:30PM
location: On campus

Always wanted to make your own typeface but don’t know where to start? 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


Please note this class meets for 10 sessions, skipping November 21, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

Registration will open September 5, 2018. Please join our mailing list for updates and announcements


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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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