Type@Cooper - Shapeshifting Typefaces: Designing and Producing Variable Fonts

Shapeshifting Typefaces: Designing and Producing Variable Fonts


with Nick Sherman




Sat., Apr. 27 – Sun., Apr. 28, 2019
10:00AM – 5:00PM
tuition: $ 460

location: On campus

Learn how to make variable fonts and explore new design possibilities for typefaces that can fluidly change shape.

Recent developments in font technology allow typefaces to break free from the static restrictions designers have grown used to since typography was invented. In a world where responsive design systems are a normal part of any design project, variable fonts offer typographic adaptability that was previously impractical or impossible. They also offer extra flexibility for non-standard dimensions in typeface design beyond the typical parameters of weight, width, and optical size.

This workshop will cover the process of adapting traditional type families into a variable font format, but will also explore experiments with non-standard design spaces and developing new variable typefaces from scratch. It is intended for people who have made fonts before and are interested in exploring the new possibilities of variable fonts.


    Required Materials

  • Students must have a laptop with RoboFont installed and previous experience with digital typeface design.


Registration for this workshop will open January 3, 2019. Please join our mailing list for updates and announcements.

Save the date: Sat., Apr. 27, 10:00AM


Instructor: Nick Sherman

Shapeshifting Typefaces: Designing and Producing Variable Fonts
Nick Sherman is a typographer and typographic consultant based in Brooklyn, New York. He has worked at Font Bureau and Webtype promoting typefaces for print and digital media.

He is a co-founder of Fonts In Use and a columnist at A List Apart. He serves on the board of directors for the Type Directors Club as well as the artistic board for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. He is both a graduate and consultant for the Type@Cooper typeface design program at Cooper Union.

Nick graduated with honors from the Graphic Design program at MassArt in Boston, where he also taught undergraduate typography. He previously worked at MyFonts, overhauling the web design and promotional material for the world’s largest collection of fonts. Some of his other projects include Woodtyper, Pizza Rules!, Specimenism, and a personal photo journal. He also participates in the Kaiju Big Battel live monster wrestling group.

Nick is an active member in the Society of Printers, ATypI, and American Printing History Association. Originally from Cape Cod, he is also a skate­boarder, pizza enthusiast, printer, musician, and classic horror film buff.

• nicksherman.com



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