Letterform Archive Lecture Series

This Lecture Series is open to the public. These lectures are co-presented by The Cooper Union and Letterform Archive, a California non-profit public benefit corporation, incorporated in 2014, and the San Francisco Public Library, home to the and the Harrison Collection of Calligraphy and Lettering. Grabhorn Collection on the History of Printing and the Harrison Collection of Calligraphy and Lettering. Letterform Archive serves existing & potential practitioners, students and admirers of the letter arts. Through our core collection of 25,000 items including a wide range of physical and digital artifacts, and our large and vibrant gathering space, we serve as a venue for inspiration, education, research, and community formation. The lectures will take place in the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library.

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Time to Spare: Type and Tectonics with Doug Clouse

Special guest lecture open to the public

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM


New Light on Old Types: A history of type design – revisited with Stan Knight

Special guest lecture open to the public

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM


Children’s Books: A Type Story with Kate Goad

Special guest lecture open to the public

Tuesday, Nov. 06, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM


The Graphic Vocabulary of Modern Kinetic Typography with Greg D'Onofrio

Special guest lecture open to the public

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM



The Type@Cooper West program, in partnership with Letterform Archive and co-presented by the San Francisco Public Library, offers 12 public lectures per year. The lectures serve as enrichment for the Extended program but are also open to the public, free of charge. Read detailed descriptions of upcoming lectures by clicking on the images of each. You can watch the recordings of the past lectures below thanks to a generous sponsorship from Adobe Typekit. Please direct all inquiries to type@cooper.edu. Your questions will receive the promptest possible reply.



Type in Film with Louise Sandhaus

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Jul. 31, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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Owning It: Type Design and Intellectual Property with Jeremy Mickel

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Jun. 12, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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Indigenous Font Design and the Ripple Effect with Juliet Shen

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Mar. 20, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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Super-Veloz: Modular Modern with Alexander Tochilovsky

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Mar. 13, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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Roma e Italia —Then, Since Then & Now with Carl Rohrs

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Mar. 06, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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Didot, the Genesis of Style with Loïc Sander

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM


Souped-up Font Formats with Dan Rhatigan

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Nov. 07, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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The Past 100 Years of the Future with Aaron Marcus

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Sep. 19, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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Web Typography is just typography, sort of with Amy Papaelias

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Jul. 18, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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The Value of Multi-Typeface Design with Bethany Heck

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Jul. 11, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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W. A. Dwiggins and Linotype: The Official Releases with Bruce Kennett

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Jun. 20, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

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Recontextualizing Type in Motion with Mindy Seu

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Jun. 06, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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For Display Only with James Edmondson

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Mar. 07, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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Highlights of a lifelong obsession with letterforms with Jim Parkinson

Special guest lecture open to the public
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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Art as Therapy with Jessica Hische

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM


What’s The Use of Fonts In Use? with Stephen Coles

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Oct. 04, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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Thirty Two Years of Metafont with Donald Knuth

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Sep. 20, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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The Hershey Fonts with Frank Grießhammer

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Jul. 12, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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The English Writing-Masters and their Copybooks with Simran Thadani

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Jun. 14, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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Tailored Typography with Dan Rhatigan

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Mar. 29, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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Edward Johnston: Calligraphy & Type Design with Ewan Clayton

Special guest lecture open to the public
Tuesday, Mar. 15, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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Bodoni, the Face behind the Face with Valerie Lester

Special guest lecture open to the public
Wednesday, Mar. 09, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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