Type@Cooper - Principles of Typeface Design: An Introduction

Principles of Typeface Design: An Introduction


with Sumner Stone




Sat., Oct. 03 – Sun., Oct. 25, 2015
10:00AM – 5:00PM
location: Letterform Archive Reading Room

If you love type, and would like to know more about how it is made, this is the course for you. Over three weekends we will engage with the fundamental methods, tools, and concepts involved in the making of a digital typeface. The course will feature introductory material about the history, theory, and practice of Latin letterform construction and typeface development. Instruction will include analog letter drawing as well as the use of Robofont, a digital type design tool (temporary licenses for Robofont will be provided). Each student will develop their own working typeface through a step by step process. Between class sessions, online critiques of student proofs will be available. Beginners are welcome, as are more experienced students. Prior experience working with bézier drawing tools (ie. the pen tool in Illustrator) as well as some background with either lettering or typography are recommended but not required.

Class size is limited to 12.


    Required materials include

  • pencil
  • eraser
  • sharpener
  • ruler
  • tracing paper
  • layout paper
  • a laptop, running Mac OS 10.6 or higher
  • page design software (e.g. InDesign, Quark)
  • bring $3 cash to purchase Zig memory system marker from instructor


This intensive 6 day class meets over 3 weekends: October 3rd & 4th, October 10th & 11th, skipping October 17th & 18th, and meeting one more weekend on October 24 & 25. Between October 12th and 16th, scheduled online one on one meetings with the instructor will bridge the gap, especially for those working diligently on their designs at home.


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Instructor: Sumner Stone

Principles of Typeface Design: An Introduction
Sumner Stone is a type designer, type founder, author, and teacher. From 1984–1989 he was Director of Typography for Adobe Systems where he conceived and implemented Adobe’s typographic program including the Adobe Originals. In 1990 he founded Stone Type Foundry Inc., now located in Rumsey, California. The Foundry designs and produces new typefaces and creates custom designs for a diverse range of clients including Hallmark Cards, Stanford University, The San Francisco Public Library, Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Greenwood Press, Arion Press, and Full Belly Farm. His type designs include the popular ITC Stone Sans and the prize-winning ITC Bodoni. His most recent type designs are Davanti, Sator, and Popvlvs.

• Stone Type Foundry



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