Typeface design education from Cooper Union
Contour drawing

Contour Drawing
with Cyrus Highsmith

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

In typography, the importance of “negative” space is clearly acknowledged. With this in mind, Cyrus has participants explore contour drawing as an entry point to learning about type design. This workshop takes the class through a number of useful contour drawing exercises and ends with a lecture and discussion about the role of negative space in letter drawing, typography, and type education. “Negative” space is a fundamental element of visual art. Some understand it instinctively but for others, it can be a difficult concept to grasp. Contour drawing exercises are a classic way of teaching and strengthening a student’s understanding of the importance of figure-ground relationships to composition. This naturally carries over to typography as an effective way to improve one’s design skills.

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Wed, June 10, 2015

Where: On campus

About Cyrus Highsmith

Cyrus highsmith
Cyrus Highsmith is a letter drawer, teacher, author, and graphic artist. He teaches type design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He wrote and illustrated the acclaimed primer Inside Paragraphs: Typographic Fundamentals. In 2015, he received the Gerrit Noordzij Prize for extraordinary contributions to the fields of type design, typography, and type education. In 2017, he became Creative Director for Latin Type Development at Morisawa USA. He goes to bed very early.