Typeface design education from Cooper Union
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Type Whispering
with Frederik Berlaen and Ryan Bugden

In 6 sessions, of 3 hours each, on Mondays and Wednesdays, students dive into the practice of typedesign by looking at type and the shapes within. Through research and analysis of shapes, you will learn the language of letter forms both on a visual and on a narrative level. By sketching and drawing digitally an alphabet will be completed. Please note that this class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 am to 12 pm (EDT) except for June 14, when the time will be 1 pm to 4 pm.

Participants bring their own found type: collect lettering or typography in your neighbourhood or pin your favourite travel destination on a map in street view. These found artefacts are shared in the group and will be used as a starting point. It is very likely you will not work on your own found lettering.

During those sessions participants will chat about shapes and letters, followed by an intense drawing session. Sketching techniques both on paper as digitally will be explained. Followed up by adding missing lowercase or uppercase letters by extracting rules from the given letters.

In the end, participants will have an 'unfinished' typeface with lowercase or uppercase letters. But each one will be forced to draw something different that they are used to.

All sessions will happen virtually with all the benefits of online interactions. Sessions will happen on Mondays and Wednesdays. In between session its advised to spend some time mostly on drawing both on paper as digitally.

No previous experience is necessary.

A student license for RoboFont will be provided.

Registration is now closed

Mon, June 7 – Wed, June 23, 2021

Where: Online

About Frederik Berlaen

Frederik berlaen
Frederik Berlaen is a typedesigner with a love for programming and scripting. After studying graphical design at Sint-lucas in Ghent, where he got the passion for pure black & white type, he went to study typedesign at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. He successfully got a Master Degree at the postgraduate course Type & Media in 2006. He is the author of many industry-standard type design applications, like RoboFont and UFOStretch. Frederik Berlaen works under the name of TypeMyType providing font services, programming and teaching at Luca School of Arts Ghent and at ESAD in Amiens.

About Ryan Bugden

Ryan Bugden
Ryan Bugden is an independent typeface designer and graphic designer based in Brooklyn. He runs a design practice with his partner Michelle Ando, releases typefaces through Future Fonts, teaches typeface design through his own Type Sessions, and is an adjunct professor of typography at SVA. Before graduating from Type and Media in 2019, he studied graphic design at RISD and typeface design at Type@Cooper’s Extended Program, and worked as a senior designer at studios such as Red Antler and Pentagram.