Typeface design education from Cooper Union
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Principles of Typeface Design: The Fundamentals
with Troy Leinster

This course is for anyone who wants to design their own typeface but is unsure where to start. Or for those who just love type and wish they knew more about how it works. The participants will be introduced to the fundamental methods, tools, and principles involved in making a digital typeface.

The course will take the participants from hand sketching through to digitization of their own original letter forms. Working with each student step by step through the process, this course will provide an understanding of how typefaces work both technically and aesthetically.

Beginners are welcome, as are more experienced participants, and those interested in developing their portfolio for application to further type design studies. A working knowledge of Bézier drawing tools (ie. the pen tool in Illustrator), as well as some background with either lettering or typography are recommended but not required. Students must be able to work on their own laptop, running Mac OS 10.6 or higher. A free temporary license for RoboFont will be made available to all participants.

Registration is now closed

Tue, October 3 – Tue, December 5, 2017

Where: On campus

About Troy Leinster

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Troy Leinster is an Australian-born typeface designer. He holds a Master's Degree in Typeface Design from Type & Media program at The Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague, the Netherlands, and is a graduate of the first Type@Cooper Condensed Program in New York. Through 2014-2021, Troy was a full-time typeface designer at the Hoefler&Co Type Foundry. His projects included retail typefaces such as the Ringside superfamily, Operator Mono, Peristyle, Isotope, Cesium, Parliament, and Decimal. In 2022 Troy launched his own type foundry, Leinster Type, debuting Brisbane, a contemporary humanists sans serif for use in wayfinding and text settings.