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 and typographic consultant based in Brooklyn, New York. He has worked at Font Bureau and Webtype promoting typefaces for print and digital media.

He is a co-founder of Fonts In Use and a columnist at A List Apart. He serves on the board of directors for the Type Directors Club as well as the artistic board for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. He is both a graduate and consultant for the Type@Cooper typeface design program at Cooper Union.

Nick graduated with honors from the Graphic Design program at MassArt in Boston, where he also taught undergraduate typography. He previously worked at MyFonts, overhauling the web design and promotional material for the world’s largest collection of fonts. Some of his other projects include Woodtyper, Pizza Rules!, Specimenism, and a personal photo journal. He also participates in the Kaiju Big Battel live monster wrestling group.

Nick is an active member in the Society of Printers, ATypI, and American Printing History Association. Originally from Cape Cod, he is also a skate­boarder, pizza enthusiast, printer, musician, and classic horror film buff.

• nicksherman.com



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