Typeface design education from Cooper Union
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Drop Cap, Monograms & Illustrated Word
with Kyle Letendre

The recipes for a successful piece of lettering and a gorgeous illustration share many key ingredients: a thorough, iterative sketching process; a laser-eye on consistency and rhythm; and a strong concept go a long way. This hands-on six-week course is designed to fuse the two worlds together, with iterative drawing exercises, one-on-one feedback sessions, gobs of theory, and workflow tips for making this work more manageable. Over the span of the course, lectures and projects will be structured to gradually add complexity and intensity: increasing the number of letters, our approach to color, and the level of detail in the composition.

This course is intended for Illustrators looking to incorporate letterforms, and Graphic and Type Designers who want to add illustrative elements to their work. Experience drawing and making images is strongly encouraged. The theories and projects in this course are designed to add to your arsenal, and will be relevant for recent design/illustration grads as well as professionals looking to expand their skillset.

Required Materials

  • No. 2 Pencils
  • Sketchbook (Letter-sized or larger)
  • Tracing Paper (Letter-sized or larger)
  • Your favorite illustration mediums - Participants will be encouraged to incorporate their own art making histories and mediums
  • Digital Sketching tools encouraged - Procreate, Wacom Tablets, etc.
  • Internet, Slack, Zoom
  • Optional: Vector Drawing Software - Adobe Illustrator, Glyphs, RoboFont

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Registration for this class will open on January 3, 2024.

All times are listed in US Eastern.

A recurring Zoom meeting link will be sent to you a day or two before the start of this class.


Wed, April 3 – Wed, May 8, 2024
6:30–9:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Number of sessions: 6

Where: Online

Price: $800

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.