Type@Cooper - Principles of Typeface Design - Pen to Pixel

Principles of Typeface Design - Pen to Pixel


with Hannes Famira




Tue., Jun. 03 – Tue., Jul. 29, 2014
6:30PM – 9:30PM
location: On campus

This 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 calligraphy with different writing tools 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 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; free temporary licenses for Robofont, the new standard application for typeface design, will be made available to all participants.
  • 4h or harder pencil
  • 18" ruler
  • Pilot Parallel pen 6mm
  • portfolio or any other means to transport tabloid sized work unharmed
  • laptop, running Mac OS 10.6 or higher


Further drawing materials list will be provided in the course of the program.

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Lecturer: Hannes Famira

Principles of Typeface Design - Pen to Pixel
Hannes Famira is founding principal of Famirafonts (formerly Kombinat-Typefounders). He is a graphic designer, a type designer and a teacher of both disciplines. After 30 years in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland he now lives New York City.

He studied graphic and typographic design at the KABK (Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague) in the Netherlands. After apprenticeships at Studio Dumbar and the Font Bureau he worked at Meta Design, at the Buro Petr van Blokland and at House Industries.

Hannes started his own design studio Das Kombinat in 1999 and the Kombinat-Typefounders in 2001.

He taught various typography and type design classes at the SfG, School for Design in Basel (CH), at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art School of Art, SVA the School of Visual Arts, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the New Jersey City University, the Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen, the Kunsthochschule Kassel and the City University of New York. Hannes has been teaching in the Type@Cooper Extended and Condensed programs at the The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art since January 2011.

• famira.com
• Famirafonts
• Hannes on Twitter



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