Typeface design education from Cooper Union
Fontra workshop coopertype

Experience Collaborative Type Design with Fontra
with Gaëtan Baehr and Jérémie Hournus

Typographics Conference (in-person) ticket holders can have a 10% discount on this workshop. Write to type@cooper.edu for the promo-code to take advantage of this offer before you pay.

Developing a Latin typeface is generally a long and linear process. A designer creates the original design, then, one after the other, can develop the glyph set, fine-tune the shapes, and repeat the same process again and again for each source of each variation axis.

Fontra comes with a solution that allows real-time collaboration and multi-source editing. In this workshop, participants will learn how to easily create a variable font with multiple axes while maintaining consistent design, and how to do so through teamwork.

Goals and benefits:

Draw a Latin variable font with multiple axes within one day!

Participants will:

  • Try out the new font-editing platform Fontra.
  • Experience real-time collaborative team work on a single project, which could potentially be adapted to their own practice.
  • Enhance team spirit.
  • Acquire type design skills (depending on the initial level of the participant’s type design expertise).


  • Introduction to Fontra and demo.
  • Brainstorming to define a common design.
  • Everyone will randomly draw few letters on Fontra.
  • Several workshops will be assigned at this stage. Some designers will focus on fine-tuning, others on expanding the glyph set, and some on adding new variation axes to the font. Real-time interaction on the project will facilitate these workshops. Participants can switch between workshops at any time to experience each step.
  • Introduction about variable components.
  • Python scripting demo on Fontra.
  • Gathering the result, review and discussions.


Participants are expected to have some basic knowledge of type design and previous experience with another font-editing software like Glyphs or RoboFont.

Supply List:

  • Bring your own laptop (Mac or Windows) with internet connection
  • pen / pencil and paper for drafting and notes
Registration is not open yet

Tue, June 11, 2024
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

41 Cooper Square at Cooper Union
East 7th Street
New York, NY 10003

Price: 270

About Gaëtan Baehr

Gaëtan Baehr

Gaëtan Baehr is a French type designer and font engineer who has been working at the Parisian type foundry Black[Foundry] since 2016. He has worked on many custom and retail projects, often incorporating programming into his design process whenever it is necessary, whether to aid in production or to enhance creative possibilities.

About Jérémie Hournus


Jérémie Hornus is a typeface designer with an engineering profile. He discovered typography at the Scriptorium of Toulouse in 2000 and then obtained a Master of Art in Typeface Design at the University of Reading in 2006. He now shares his time between lettering and programming. With Grégori Vincens, he founded Black[Foundry], a type-foundry that combines design, technology and multi-script. Through its Type+Tech® approach, the company helps major international brands, both on the development of their typographical identity, and on all the complex issues associated with new type technologies.