Herb Lubalin Lectures Series

The Herb Lubalin Lecture Series is a part of Type@Cooper which is open to the public. Many events in the series are free of charge. The lectures thematically follow the overall curriculum of the program, offering students a deeper insight into specific and relevant topics.

The series is sponsored by Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography at the Cooper Union, a public graphic design archive which places emphasis on a hands-on access to a wide range of design and typography ephemera.

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Can You See This? with William Germano

Special guest lecture open to the public

Monday, Oct. 16, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
admission is free

RUSTIC BRIDE MUN: Wm. H. Page’s Extraordinary Technicolor Typography  with Dikko Faust and Esther K. Smith

Special guest lecture open to the public

Monday, Nov. 13, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
admission is free

Telling The Tale of Type with Raymond 'Stan' Nelson

Special guest lecture open to the public

Monday, Nov. 27, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
admission is free



The Herb Lubalin Lecture Series is a part of Type@Cooper which is open to the public. Many events in the series are free of charge. The lectures thematically follow the overall curriculum of the program, offering students a deeper insight into specific and relevant topics. The series is sponsored by Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography at the Cooper Union, a public graphic design archive which places emphasis on a hands-on access to a wide range of design and typography ephemera.

The Herb Lubalin Lecture Series will be filmed and made available here and on Vimeo with the generous support of Hoefler&Co.



Math, Logic, Design? with Just van Rossum

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Jul. 10, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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From Calligraphy to Type. with Ewan Clayton

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Jun. 19, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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The Process is the Inspiration with Andy Cruz and Rich Roat Ken Barber

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Jun. 12, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


W. A. Dwiggins: The Experimental Type Designs with Bruce Kennett

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Jun. 05, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Chiswick: A Vernacular Typeface with Paul Barnes

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Mar. 21, 6:30 PM – 8:30

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Show, Don’t Tell with Thierry Blancpain

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Mar. 07, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Constant Surprises: The Calligraphy of George Salter with Paul Shaw

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Rudolf Koch and the Offenbacher Werkstatt with Rob Saunders

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Nov. 14, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Stanley Morison: Master of Modern Typography. with Nicolas Barker

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Nov. 07, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Scripts and Script Typefaces and Back Again with Carl Rohrs

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Oct. 31, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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New York Neon with Thomas Rinaldi

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Jul. 25, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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What is Text? What is Writing? with Ewan Clayton

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Jun. 20, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Brand Type for Publications with Roger Black

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Jun. 13, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Franco Grignani: Graphic and Typographic Freedom with Greg D'Onofrio

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Mar. 07, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Learning from Letraset with Dan Rhatigan

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Feb. 22, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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La Typographie Moderne with Jean-Baptiste Levée

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Feb. 01, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Expression in Form, Rhythm, & Movement with John Stevens

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Nov. 16, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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It Began In Brooklyn: From A to Z & Beyond with Michael Doret

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Nov. 02, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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How Aldus Manutius Saved Western Civilization with G. Scott Clemons

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Oct. 26, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Humanform Letterform with Sumner Stone

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Aug. 03, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Learning To Design The Cherokee Syllabary with Mark Jamra

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Jul. 13, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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John Baskerville, Letter-founder with Ewan Clayton

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Jun. 22, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Words with Petr van Blokland

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Jun. 15, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Ernst Schneidler & His Students with

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Apr. 07, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Designing Obsidian with Andy Clymer

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Mar. 24, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Type Confusion & Color Aggression with Victor Moscoso and Norman Hathaway

Special guest lecture open to the public
Thursday, Mar. 05, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Not Dead But Sleepeth: A Study of Gravestone Lettering with Doug Clouse

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

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Special Effects: Tricks of the Sign Painting Trade with John Downer

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Nov. 17, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


The Design of the Early Roman Types with

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Nov. 03, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Calligraphy in Visual Communication with Luca Barcellona

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Oct. 27, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


20th Century Metal Type Foundry Ephemera with

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Oct. 06, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Webfonts are Just Fonts with Christian Schwartz

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Jul. 28, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Untypical Types with Matthew Carter

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Jul. 14, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Reflections On Gill with Ewan Clayton

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Jun. 16, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Automotive Identity at General Motors Design with Susan Skarsgard

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Jun. 09, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Comenius, Marconi & Zapf Book: three typefaces from 1976 with Ferdinand Ulrich

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Mar. 18, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Down With Buckets with Indra Kupferschmid

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Mar. 11, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Typefaces as Strategic Point of Passage with Jean François Porchez

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Tailored Typography with Dan Rhatigan

Special guest lecture open to the public
Monday, Oct. 14, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Modular Modernism: Supertipo Veloz with Alexander Tochilovsky

Elective for Extended program students and open to the public for a fee (space permitting)
Monday, Apr. 01, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM