Expand your typeface and your perspective on type design.
Immerse yourself in the world of type design while surrounded by the support of industry professionals and a community of like-minded typophiles. This live, online program is for designers who already have the beginnings of a typeface, but want to build it out into a multi-weight family. Students will work towards creating two compatible masters that are ready to interpolate into a larger family.
We’ll also focus on developing a more reflective design process and a more thoughtful typeface — one that is an expression of your unique outlook but also meets the needs of readers and users of type. Through the work of your classmates you’ll be exposed to a variety of typeface genres, giving you a window into approaches and styles outside of your own. We’ll weave these elements together and build a strong foundation in typeface design, not only for your current typeface but for future projects as well.
Through lectures and feedback sessions, we’ll explore these topics and dive into type design as a living, evolving discipline. By the end, you’ll be ready to tackle more complex projects with more confidence, and will have a better understanding of contemporary type design practice.
Andrew Bogard, Graphic Designer
|Week 0||Jan 19 / Course introductions, lecture|
Jan 24 / Students introduce their typefaces
Jan 26 / Lecture: the brief, making useful type
Jan 31 / Feedback session, mini lecture: proofs as documentation
Feb 2 / Lecture: the system of the black
Feb 7 / Flex session: Q&A
Feb 9 / Lecture: planning your typeface family, intro to interpolation
Feb 14 / Feedback session
Feb 16 / Lecture: interpolation and its possibilities, design space ideation
Feb 21 / Review of students’ font files
Feb 23 / Lecture with Nina Stössinger: a case study
Feb 28 / Feedback session
Mar 2 / Lecture with Aleksandra Samuļenkova: the design of diacritics
Mar 7—19 / Individual feedback sessions
No formal class this week
Tuesday classes are 2.5 hours. Thursday classes are 1.5 hours.
Classes begin at 12pm Chicago / 3pm Buenos Aires / 7pm Berlin / Convert
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The schedule is subject to modifications.
Work study applications are closed.
Beyond our sliding scale, we also have a work study position for a person with demonstrated need. Instead of paying tuition, the work study works approximately 3 hours per week for the duration of the program. In other words, they pay no fees or tuition but instead pay for their studies through a work exchange. There is only one work study position available per edition.
The person selected will work directly with the lead instructors and meet with them briefly once a week after class. Duties include basic administrative tasks like uploading videos, communicating with visiting instructors, or preparing social media posts. A good grasp of English is helpful in this position.
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