Typeface design education from Cooper Union
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Advanced Techniques in Script Lettering
with Ken Barber

A discount is available to Typographics conference participants. A promotional discount code will be found on the PDF of qualifying conference tickets. Please apply the code to workshop registration.

This four-day seminar will provide enhanced instruction to participants with a foundational understanding of formal and informal styles seeking to expand the boundaries of ordinary script lettering.

Following a brief refresher on drawing basics, students will investigate the distinctive features of numerous script models —from acclaimed calligraphic masterpieces to everyday advertising headlines— building on their discoveries to create new and engaging pieces of lettering. While the influence of different writing tools will be examined, coursework will concentrate on drawn letterforms. In addition to gathering inspiration from various genres, including American ornamental penmanship and 20th century “spencerian”, special attention will be given to developing strategies for unusual letter construction, flourished forms, and eye-catching compositions.

Comprehensive slide presentations, hands-on demonstrations, skill-building exercises and personal critiques will provide further guidance as students explore logotypes and word-marks beyond conventional script lettering.

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Mon, June 20 – Thu, June 23, 2016

Where: On campus

About Ken Barber

Ken Barber
Ken Barber is a letterer, type designer, author, and instructor. He blames Don Martin comics, Santa Cruz skateboard graphics, and speed metal logos for his obsession with letterforms. For over 25 years, Ken has produced distinctive logos for global brands and created award-winning fonts. His work is part of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Ken is the type director and studio letterer at House Industries. Author of three books, his award-winning Lettering Manual was released in 2020.