Type@Cooper - Principles of Typeface Design: The Fundamentals

Principles of Typeface Design: The Fundamentals


with Troy Leinster




Tue., Oct. 03 – Tue., Dec. 05, 2017
6:30PM – 9:30PM
tuition: $ 880

location: On campus

This course is for anyone who wants 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 be introduced to the fundamental methods, tools, and principles involved in making a digital typeface.

The course will take the participants from hand sketching through to digitization of their own original letter forms. Working with each student step by step through the process, this course will provide an understanding of how typefaces work both technically and aesthetically.

Beginners are welcome, as are more experienced participants, and those interested in developing their portfolio for application to further type design studies. A working knowledge of Bézier 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. A free temporary license for RoboFont will be made available to all participants.


    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
  • black felt tip marker and white out
  • laptop, running Mac OS 10.6 or higher
  • Adobe InDesign


Registration opens on September 6th. Please join the mailing list for updates and reminders about classes, workshops, and free lectures.


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Instructor: Troy Leinster

Principles of Typeface Design: The Fundamentals
Troy Leinster is a typeface designer at Hoefler & Co in New York City. Originally from Brisbane, Australia, he is a graduate of the Type & Media MA program at The Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague, and a graduate of the first Type@Cooper Condensed Program in New York. At H&Co he has collaborated on retail typefaces such as the Ringside superfamily and Operator Mono.



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