Typeface design education from Cooper Union
Principals II

Principles of Typeface Design 2: Beyond the Basics
with Hannes Famira

This short course is an opportunity for anyone who has begun to grapple with the process of designing a typeface to push it further. To consider design decisions more thoroughly, to delve into those parts of the character set still lurking in the shadows, and to learn the finer points of bézier wrangling, kerning, and all the other details of execution which turn a roughly-formed idea into a more complete, rigorous and polished design that you can really use.

It is intended for students who have completed the introductory level course, or for those who have prior experience with drawing type but feel they could still benefit from working with some guidance and regular feedback. As an intermediate-level class, it will be entirely about working with students on a project of their own and will not provide introductory instruction. In order to get the most out of the five weeks, a commitment to working substantively between classes will be strongly recommended. Students must be able to work on their own laptop, running Mac OS 10.7or higher.

Registration is now closed

Wed, February 4 – Wed, March 4, 2015

Where: to be determined

About Hannes Famira

Hannes Famira
Hannes Famira is founding principal of FamiraFonts. He is a graphic designer, a type designer and a teacher of both disciplines. After 20 years in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland he now lives in Brooklyn, New York. His library of retail typefaces is available from Adobe Fonts, Type Network and I Love Typography. You can see work in progress at Dribbble. Companies like Céline, Helmut Lang, GoDaddy, Mansur Gavriel and Theory have commissioned custom tailored logo and corporate typeface solutions. Most recently Hannes drew a typeface for the opening titles of the AMC television show Interview With The Vampire. Hannes’ understanding of type comes mostly out of his Dutch design education at the Royal Academy in The Hague (KABK). With a painter for a mother and neo-modernist architect for a father his earliest influences are based in a love for Scandinavian and traditional Japanese design. Combining the freedom of painting with the structured thinking of architecture seems to have quite naturally led him to type design at the center of his creative work. After having worked at Meta Design, at the Buro Petr van Blokland and at House Industries Hannes started his own design studio Das Kombinat in 1999. He added Kombinat-Typefounders in 2001 and renamed it FamiraFonts in 2016. An ongoing practice of teaching type has been the most formative influence on Hannes’ thinking since his years as a student at KABK. He has been teaching in the Type@Cooper Extended and Condensed programs at the The Cooper Union since January 2011. Hannes also taught various typography and type design classes at the Basel School for Design in Switzerland, at The Cooper Union New York City, SVA the School of Visual Arts, the UArts in Philadelphia, the New Jersey City University, the Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen, the Kunsthochschule Kassel, Rutgers University and the City University of New York.