Typeface design education from Cooper Union
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Making Faces (and Other Emoji)
with Colin Ford

Emoji — those silly little faces and symbols on your phone — are an essential part of contemporary culture. They smile up at you from your computer screen, and beam down at you from billboards. They're so ubiquitous that it's easy to think of them existing without a history, or created without a designer. Nothing could be further from the truth!

This fun, 1-day workshop will give you a taste of emoji design. We'll start by exploring their 20th Century origins in smilies, emoticons and Japanese mobile phones, and get a feel for how emoji work to glue modern communication together. Then, assisted through the process by 1:1 reviews and class critiques, students will design their very own emoji set.

This workshop is perfect for moderate-to-experienced graphic designers and illustrators who want the chance to explore emoji as a design medium with a seasoned guide. Type design or icon design experience a plus, but not required. The class will take place over the chat and streaming service Discord.

Registration is now closed

Sat, July 17, 2021

Where: Online

About Colin Ford

Colin Ford is a New York-based typeface designer at Hoefler & Co. He is a graduate of the Type and Media masters program at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (KABK) in The Hague, and of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. Since joining H&Co in 2011, he has worked on a variety of projects, including Decimal, which was featured in the Netflix documentary series, Abstract. He has lectured and taught workshops at the Atelier National de Recherche Typographique, The Letterform Archive, The Cooper Union, and MICA.