Typeface design education from Cooper Union
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Basics of Book Design
with Barbara Glauber

“In a well-made book . . . no matter how many thousands of lines and pages, the letters are alive. They dance in their seats. Sometimes they rise and dance in the margins and aisles.” ―Robert Bringhurst, The Elements of Typographic Style

From collections of images and essays to novels and catalogues, books are versatile and enduring vessels for a wide range of content. Through lectures, critiques, and weekly assignments, this class will review a variety of book formats and examine ways content can be reflected through the designer’s choice of structure, typography, and materials. We’ll look at the anatomy of the book, discussing ways that grids, typefaces, and layout shape the space, color, and flavor of the page and see how details like an elegant half-title, a well-placed page number, and an eye-catching spine work together to create unique and notable publications.

Anyone with a background in art or design, a serious curiosity about gaining insight and an approach to book design is encouraged to sign up.

Registration is now closed

Mon, November 14 – Mon, December 5, 2022

Where: Online

About Barbara Glauber

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Barbara Glauber founded the New York-based design studio Heavy Meta in 1990. The studio focuses on projects for cultural institutions, collaborating with artists, curators, and editors to create publications, interdisciplinary exhibitions, information graphics, and identities. She has designed over 90 books for clients such as the Whitney Museum, Bard Graduate Center, the Guggenheim Museum, The New School, LACMA, Carnegie Museum of Art, Tang Museum, Morgan Library, Dartmouth College, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum. Her publications have been selected for the AIGA 50 Books 50 Covers 17 times and won numerous awards including the Alice Award for the most beautiful illustrated book. She has had the privilege of working on monographs for notable subjects such as Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent, Hilma af Klint, and Kehinde Wiley. Barbara has an MFA from CalArts, teaches design at Yale and Cooper Union, and is a co-curator of the Typographics Conference.