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 a graduate of the KABK (Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague) in the Netherlands and founding principal of Famirafonts (formerly Kombinat-Typefounders). He is a graphic designer and type designer with 17 years of teaching experience in both disciplines at various schools and universities such as School for Design in Basel, Switzerland (SfG), Type@Cooper and The Cooper Union, School of Visual Arts (SVA), and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. After 30 years in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland he now lives in Brooklyn, NY. 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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