Typeface design education from Cooper Union

Finding Your Typographic Voice
with Paul Sahre

We have visceral and emotional reactions to the typographic compositions we make and encounter in the world, often deeply or unconsciously affected in ways that are hard to articulate. We also have habits that may or may not serve us. As designers, we are rarely objective about our own process and work. Attraction (and repulsion) to motifs, styles, colors, shapes, typefaces, to things we ‘like’ or ‘dislike’, guide us in ways we might not even recognize, limiting potential and guiding us to make derivative work. And how important is originality for a designer anyway?

In this 2 day workshop, Paul Sahre, renown New York designer, will guide students through a process to help participants identify and develop their own unique typographic style.

Through a series of (4) typographic based exercises, students will develop quick unpolished projects that may take different forms (book jacket, poster, broadside, etc) that will explore the bounds of comfort and convention, in an attempt to go beyond superficial judgments in search of originality when designing with typography.

Registration is now closed

Sat, June 23 – Sun, June 24, 2018

Where: On campus

About Paul Sahre

Paul Sahre is one of the most influential graphic designers working today. He has doggedly remained independent, operated his own practice since 1997. He is a frequent visual contributor to The New York Times; designed book covers for authors such as Chuck Klosterman, Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Moody, and Clarice Lispector; authored books; and built and destroyed a life-sized monster truck hearse for the band They Might Be Giants. Paul received his BFA and MFA from Kent State University and has taught graphic design at the School of Visual Arts for the past 13 years. He lectures extensively all over the world and is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale.