Type@Cooper - Whispering Type

Whispering Type

with Frederik Berlaen

Mon., Jun. 19 – Wed., Jun. 21, 2017
10:00AM – 5:00PM
location: On campus

In this 3 day workshop, students approach the practice of typeface design by looking at type and the shapes within. Through research and analysis of shapes you will learn the language of letter forms both on a visual and on a narrative level.

By sketching and drawing digitally an alphabet will be completed.

During the first day participants will have a brief chat about shapes and letters, followed by an intense drawing session. Sketching techniques both on paper as digitally will be explained. The next days missing lowercase or uppercase will be added by extracting rules from the given letters.

At the end participants will have an 'unfinished' typeface with lowercase or uppercase letters. But each one will be forced to draw something different that they are used to.


  • A mac laptop (running OS X)
  • pencils
  • paper
  • scissors
  • whiteout
  • tape
  • camera (a phone with a camera is good enough)

No previous experience is necessary.

A student license for RoboFont will be provided.

Instructor: Frederik Berlaen

Whispering Type
Frederik Berlaen is a typedesigner with a love for programming and scripting. After studying graphical design at Sint-lucas in Ghent, where he got the passion for pure black & white type, he went to study typedesign at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. He successfully got a Master Degree at the postgraduate course Type & Media in 2006. He is the author of many industry-standard type design applications, like RoboFont and UFOStretch. Frederik Berlaen works under the name of TypeMyType providing font services, programming and teaching at Luca School of Arts Ghent and at ESAD in Amiens.

• Frederik Berlaen, typemytype
• UFOstretch