Type@Cooper - Roman Capitals: Proportions and Anatomy

Roman Capitals: Proportions and Anatomy


with Richard Lipton




Sat., Mar. 10 – Sun., Mar. 11, 2018
10:00AM – 5:00PM
tuition: $ 440

location: On campus

This course will tackle an issue that every type designer needs to wrangle with…having prioritized and completed the lowercase characters—it’s now time to draw the capitals—where do I start? 
We will approach the design of the roman capitals with some perspective of their place in history and with simple drawing techniques. We’ll take into account the many tools used to create them from the chisel to the broad-edged pen, from Gutenberg to the bezier; their fundamental proportions, anatomy, weight and letter spacing which will define their relationship to the lowercase. 
Eventually, rules aside, we should always aim for optical harmony and learn to trust our eyes and instinct.


    Required Materials

  • 11x17 (or larger) Canson Graph & Layout paper, or any non-bleeding white layout paper
  • quality tracing paper (a few sheets or a roll)
  • pencil, eraser, ruler
  • black broad-edged markers
  • optional: assorted flat brushes (if you’ve got some experience using them, and don’t forget ink and/or paint)
  • 6mm Pilot Parallel pen
  • black pointed markers of different sizes for sketching 
  • a laptop running whatever vector editing software you have: Adobe Illustrator, Glyphs, FontLab, RoboFont, etc.


Experience level: not for beginners, intermediate to advanced level of type design experience required.

Registration for this course will begin in early January. Join the mailing list to receive updates and news.

Save the date: Sat., Mar. 10, 10:00AM


Instructor: Richard Lipton

Roman Capitals: Proportions and Anatomy
Richard Lipton has been making exquisite letterforms for over 40 years. He was introduced to the magic of calligraphy while studying art and design at Harpur College in upstate New York. He continued his lettering journey in 1975 as a freelance calligrapher, sign painter and graphic designer and established a calligraphy studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1983, Lipton began working for Bitstream, an innovative digital type foundry under the guidance of Mike Parker and Matthew Carter, eventually helping to make Bitstream’s type library one of the most respected in the industry. In his tenure as senior designer, Lipton developed two original type families: Arrus, and Cataneo (with Jacqueline Sakwa). In 1991, Lipton created an independent type and calligraphy studio and designed many original typefaces including Bickham Script Pro for Adobe and Sloop for Font Bureau. He is currently a senior designer at Font Bureau where he develops original typefaces and custom fonts for international clients. He is currently on the faculty at RISD where he teaches type design and calligraphy.

• The Font Bureau Inc.



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