Type@Cooper - TypeCooker

Thu., Jun. 15
10:00AM – 5:00PM
location: On campus

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TypeCooker typecooker.com generates "recipes" by picking randomly typographic requirements. "Broad nib, condensed, thin, capitals, no serifs", that sort of thing. Not all recipes might make sense, but each can be drawn well. In this workshop we will quickly solve the puzzles with sketches, and discuss the solutions with the group. It's rapid prototyping for type with markers, paper, scissors and whiteout. We'll learn all about the parameters of TypeCooker recipes, while going through several rounds of drawing, crits and challenges. You'll practice quick sketching techniques, try out new typographic vocabulary, cut things up and hopefully get lots of ideas. TypeCooker was developed at the Type and Media master at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and has tormented students and participants at countless workshops around the world.

This one-day workshop includes several rounds of drawing with a critique at the end of each. Suitable for all.

    Required Materials

  • 2H pencil or mechanical pencil 
  • pencil sharpener (if appropriate)
  • black markers all sizes from wide to very fine
  • eraser
  • white out
  • tape
  • 11” x 17” paper or bigger
  • ruler

Instructor: Erik van Blokland

Erik van Blokland, a type designer from The Hague, Netherlands, started the LettError foundry with Just van Rossum in 1989. He studied graphic design at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, and picked up the taste for type design in Gerrit Noordzij's class. The early experiments in type and code (Beowolf, Trixie, Hands) were published by FontFont. More recently Eames Century Modern at House Industries and lots of work for Photo-Lettering. Tool development became an important part of Erik's work (see Superpolator). First with Petr van Blokland and Just van Rossum in RoboFog. Later with Tal Leming in the RoboFab and UFO projects and the initial stages of the WOFF specification for webfonts. Van Blokland is a senior lecturer at the TypeMedia course of the Royal Academy of Arts.

• Letterror
• Superpolator3
• RoboFab
• Type and Media Master at the Royal Academy of Art