Type@Cooper - Typeface Design: Open Studio

Typeface Design: Open Studio


with Hannes Famira




Mon., Mar. 14 – Mon., Apr. 11, 2016
6:30PM – 9:30PM
location: On campus

This 5 week course is an opportunity for anyone who has begun to grapple with the process of designing a typeface to push it further. To consider design decisions more thoroughly, to delve into those parts of the character set still lurking in the shadows, and to learn the finer points of bézier wrangling, spacing, kerning, writing and testing of OpenType features and Interpolation. In this class we will turn a roughly-formed idea into a more complete, rigorous and polished design that you can really use.

It is intended for students who have prior experience with drawing type but feel they could still benefit from working with some guidance and regular feedback. The course will be entirely about working with students on a project of their own and will not provide introductory instruction. In order to get the most out of the five weeks, a commitment to working substantively between classes is strongly recommended. Students must be able to work on their own laptop, running Mac OS 10.7or higher.
  • laptop, running Mac OS 10.7or higher
  • a type design project in progress
  • the latest proof print-outs of your type design project


Participants are free to work with any software they choose but a one year Student license for Robofont will be be provided at no extra cost.


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Instructor: Hannes Famira

Typeface Design: Open Studio
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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