Type@Cooper - Principles of Typeface Design: An Introduction

Principles of Typeface Design: An Introduction


with Carl Crossgrove




Mon., Jan. 25 – Mon., Mar. 28, 2016
6:30PM – 9:30PM
location: Letterform Archive Reading Room

This 10 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 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.

Beginners are welcome, as are more experienced participants. A working knowledge of b├ęzier 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, the new standard application for typeface design, will be made available to all participants.


    Required Materials

  • pencils
  • pens: thick and thin markers, broad edged markers
  • sketching paper
  • tracing paper
  • ruler
  • eraser
  • white out
  • Mac laptop with page making software installed i. e. Adobe InDesign or Quark Express, etc




Instructor: Carl Crossgrove

Principles of Typeface Design: An Introduction
Carl Crossgrove has been fascinated with letterforms since learning to read as a tot. He experimented with alphabet systems, biological illustration and calligraphy as a child. He studied fine art, printmaking, and book arts, eventually focusing on typeface design at Rochester Institute of Technology. He fulfilled internships at Adobe's type design group in the 1990s, and has been designing typefaces for Monotype since 2001. Carl's background in calligraphy and drawing infuses his typefaces with humanism. His typefaces include Mundo Sans, Segoe Script, Burlingame, Cavolini, and the award-winning Beorcana and Biome.



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