Typeface design education from Cooper Union
Micro typography 2024

Micro Typography
with Alexander Tochilovsky

This one-day workshop will flex your zoom-shortcut-key muscle and train your eye to see the small details that make all forms of typesetting elegant and effortless. We will learn all the permitted cheats, hacks, and shortcuts all in the name of improving your understanding of typography at the micro level. Learn how to be efficient but to also understand the principles of why certain methods work. We will look at the best ways to kern and space type. We'll learn how to quickly establish hierarchy with minimal means. We'll find tricks to tame unwieldy paragraphs. We will investigate how, why, and when to use all the extra glyphs built into most fonts. This workshop is for anyone who wants to improve their skill in working with type, whether it's designing an app or designing your resume. Open to all levels but basic understanding of graphic design concepts and competency in Adobe InDesign is a plus.

Required Materials

  • Laptop with Adobe InDesign installed
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Sat, April 20, 2024

On campus at Cooper Union
New York, NY

About Alexander Tochilovsky


Alexander Tochilovsky is a graphic designer, typographer, curator, and teacher, with 20+ years of professional design experience, and 15+ years of teaching. Born in Odesa, Ukraine, he graduated with a BFA from The Cooper Union, and holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He is currently the Curator of the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography. In 2009 he co-curated the exhibition “Lubalin Now,” and has since curated several other exhibitions including: “Appetite”, “Pharma”, “Image of the Studio”, “Thirty”, “Swiss Style Now”, and “We Dissent”. Alexander has taught typography and graphic design at the Cooper Union, Fordham University, City College, and SUNY Purchase. He also teaches the history of typeface design at Type@Cooper, the post-graduate certificate program he co-founded in 2010. He is co-director of the annual Typographics conference and created the Lubalin100.com, and Flat File web projects for the Lubalin Center.