Typeface design education from Cooper Union
Typographics Digital Lettering Effects Coopertype org

Digital Lettering Effects
with Kyle Letendre

This in-person class meets from 10 am to 5 pm on Tuesday, June 20 and from 10 am to 1 pm on Wednesday, June 21.

In-Person Typographics Conference ticket holders can get a 10% discount on this workshop

Could MTV’s Pimp My Ride act as a blueprint for drawing a dynamic piece of lettering? With cars as with drawing, a solid foundation ensures that the whole vehicle hums along harmoniously. And a little bling goes a long way towards drafting souped-up, high-gloss letters that are sure to turn heads.

By using professional font editing technology made available to typeface designers rolled into a workflow with Adobe Illustrator, designers can draft clean and consistent lettering well prepared to be tricked out. In this hands-on workshop, participants will begin by hand lettering, learn to vectorize the forms using Glyphs, and generate the letters needed for a lettering piece to be developed further in Illustrator. These digital tools allow for maximum flexibility and potential to explore effects like shades, shadows, highlight, out and inlines, bevels, prismatic effects, warps and beyond. Students will leave with a methodology for drawing structurally-sound letters, and a bevy of styling techniques to explore further.

This workshop is intended for students, recent grads and working professionals looking to create custom lettering and type treatments that's well-structured, full of life, and open to personal infusion.

Registration is now closed

Tue, June 20 – Wed, June 21, 2023

Where: On campus

About Kyle Letendre

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Kyle Letendre is a lettering artist, illustrator and type designer based in Portland, Oregon. Born and raised in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, they obtained a BFA in Graphic Design from Columbia College Chicago in 2011, and completed the Type@Cooper Condensed Program in 2021. Informed by their background in screen-printing and drawing, Kyle’s work explores forms as vessels for expression, blurring the binaries between type and image. Since 2016, Kyle has operated an independent, one-person studio focusing on commercial lettering, illustration and graphic design. Their fusion of flair and function have attracted clients such Target, Penguin Random House, Mercedes-Benz, Lee Jeans, New Belgium Beer, Instagram, and YouTube.