Type@Cooper - Typographic Testing Grounds: Job Printing, Small-scale Web Projects, and Innovative Typeface Design

Typographic Testing Grounds: Job Printing, Small-scale Web Projects, and Innovative Typeface Design


with Nick Sherman




Tue., Jul. 10 – Tue., Jul. 10, 2018
6:00PM – 7:30PM
location: Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, ephemeral printing and publication design fueled a profusion of new typographic styles and technologies. Similarly, the early days of the web fostered a weird and wild diversity of design techniques.

More recently, as communication is increasingly channeled through centralized services and template-driven systems, many areas of the visual landscape have flattened. However, with an abundance of new type platforms and technologies from just the past few years, the potential for typographic innovation and experimentation is greater now than ever.

In this talk, Nick Sherman will discuss the long, complementary relationship between small-scale design projects, technological advances, and inventive typography. Focusing on recent developments in responsive design and variable fonts, he’ll make a case for designers to explore new opportunities on the web while embracing ephemeral publishing ideas from the past.





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Lecturer: Nick Sherman

Typographic Testing Grounds: Job Printing, Small-scale Web Projects, and Innovative Typeface Design
Nick Sherman is a typographer, web designer, typeface designer, and typographic consultant. He runs HEX, a typographic company that makes fonts and websites. He is also a founder and designer of Fonts In Use and Variable Fonts.

A graduate of the Type@Cooper Extended Program in typeface design at The Cooper Union, Nick also works on design and organization for their Typographics design festival. A List Apart has published his writing on responsive design and web typography, and he occasionally talks and teaches classes on those topics. He is a member of the Adobe Typography Customer Advisory Board, as well as the artistic board for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and has served on the board of directors for the Type Directors Club.

Previously, Nick has worked at Font Bureau, Webtype, and MyFonts, directing web design and promo­tional material for type­faces in print and digital media. He graduated with honors from the Graphic Design pro­gram at MassArt in Boston, where he has also taught under­graduate typography, typeface design, and letterpress printing. Originally from Cape Cod and Boston, he is also a skate­boarder, pizza enthusiast, printer, musician, and classic horror film buff.

• nicksherman.com



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