Typographics – Workshops & Tours

Work­shops & Tours

Attendees of the Typographics conference get a 10% discount on Type@Cooper’s workshops from June 12–22.

A promotional discount code will be found on the PDF of your conference ticket. Apply the code during workshop registration to receive your discount.

Tours

  • Letters from Neon: A Walking Tour of New York’s Old Neon Signs with Thomas Rinaldi
    Letters from Neon: A Walking Tour of New York’s Old Neon Signs with Thomas Rinaldi

    Thomas Rinaldi, author of the book New York Neon and its accompanying blog, will lead this tour of neon signs dating to the 1930s, 40s and 50s, including possibly the oldest surviving neon sign in the city. We will see them at dusk, as they start to come to light and when they look their best. Some have been beautifully restored; all are in perpetual danger of disappearing. We will discuss their materials, design, origins and future.

    Wednesday, June 14, 7:00pm–9:00pm
    $25
    Details and registration

  • Studio Tours: The Pencil Factory with Jesse Ragan
    Studio Tours: The Pencil Factory with Jesse Ragan

    This guided tour will give you a peek into the shared workspaces of several designers who specialize in typography and lettering. The tour is split into two groups which will visit different studios for a series of brief presentations. Afterwards, both groups will meet up a few blocks away at Jesse Reed & Hamish Smyth’s brand new design bookstore “Order.” Then we’ll find a local bar for some Brooklyn down time.

    The Pencil Factory is an ever-changing community of creatives sharing studio spaces in a historic Greenpoint, Brooklyn building. Originally started as a single studio in 2006, the group of diverse illustrators, designers, animators, and other visual problem solvers has blossomed into over ten separate studios today.

    Gratuitous Type (Elana Schlenker)
    Jennifer Heuer
    Ikko Ikko (Leta Sobierajski & Wade Jeffree)
    Mark Pernice
    Topos Graphics (Roy Rub & Brian Anderson)
    Wax Studios (David Yun & Zak Klauck)
    XYZ Type (Jesse Ragan)

     

    Thursday, June 15, 3:00pm–7:00pm
    Free
    Details and registration

  • Studio Tours: The Pencil Factory with Spencer Charles
    Studio Tours: The Pencil Factory with Spencer Charles

    This guided tour will give you a peek into the shared workspaces of several designers who specialize in typography and lettering. The tour is split into two groups which will visit different studios for a series of brief presentations. Afterward, both groups will meet up a few blocks away at Jesse Reed & Hamish Smyth’s brand new design bookstore “Order.” Then we’ll find a local bar for some Brooklyn down time.

    The Pencil Factory is an ever-changing community of creatives sharing studio spaces in a historic Greenpoint, Brooklyn building. Originally started as a single studio in 2006, the group of diverse illustrators, designers, animators, and other visual problem solvers has blossomed into over ten separate studios today.

    Erik Carter
    Charles & Thorn (Kelly Thorn & Spencer Charles)
    Frances MacLeod
    Mike Tully
    My Darlin’ (Priyanka Batra)
    Isabel Urbina
    Young Jerks (Dan Cassaro & Dan Christofferson)

    Thursday, June 15, 3:00pm–7:00pm
    Free
    Details and registration

  • Studio tour: OCD – The Original Champions of Design with Bobby C. Martin Jr.Jennifer Kinon
    Studio tour: OCD – The Original Champions of Design with Bobby C. Martin Jr., Jennifer Kinon

    Join Original Champions of Design partners Bobby C. Martin Jr. & Jennifer Kinon and the OCD team at their East Village office for a behind-the-scenes look at their process, their work and their love of type. Since the branding and design agency was founded in 2010, OCD has partnered with a wide range of clients such as the Girl Scouts of the USA, Prospect Park Alliance, The New York Times, the National Basketball Association and The Studio Museum in Harlem to ensure their growth and creative goals.

    Thursday, June 15, 4:00pm–5:30pm
    Free
    Details and registration

  • Letters from Neon: A Walking Tour of New York’s Old Neon Signs with Thomas Rinaldi
    Letters from Neon: A Walking Tour of New York’s Old Neon Signs with Thomas Rinaldi

    A second edition of Thomas Rinaldi’s other neon tour.

    Thursday, June 15, 7:00pm–9:00pm
    $25
    Details and registration

  • Walking Tour: Brooklyn Letters with Alexander Tochilovsky
    Walking Tour: Brooklyn Letters with Alexander Tochilovsky

    Join Alexander Tochilovsky on a guided walking tour through one of the most lettering-heavy sections of Brooklyn. The path winds through four separate neighborhoods (Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, and Bed-Stuy), whose vibrant history can be traced through its signs. Along the way you will encounter store signs, foundry marks, ornate building names, graffiti, elaborate “no parking” signs, and many other attractive letters. Countless encounters with photogenic pieces of lettering guaranteed!

    Sunday, June 18, 10:00am–1:00pm
    Free
    Details and registration

  • Curator’s tour of the Herb Lubalin Study Center with Alexander Tochilovsky
    Curator’s tour of the Herb Lubalin Study Center with Alexander Tochilovsky

    Cooper Union’s Herb Lubalin Study Center is a treasure-filled archive of graphic design ephemera by influential designers such as Herb Lubalin, Paul Rand, Massimo Vignelli, and many others. Join the Center’s curator Alexander Tochilovsky for a presentation of selected materials and a glimpse into the highlights of the collection. The event will give participants a rare opportunity to see and handle all of the ephemera as well as to learn about the important background details about the designers and their work.

    Monday, June 19, 11:00am–1:00pm
    $25
    Details and registration

  • Curator’s Tour: The Calligraphy Revival with Jerry Kelly
    Curator’s Tour: The Calligraphy Revival with Jerry Kelly

    This exhibition contains original work by some of the most important and influential calligraphers including Edward Johnston, Rudolf Koch, Werner Schneider, Hermann Zapf, Gudrun Zapf, Jan Tschichold, Julian Waters, Sheila Waters, Rudo Spemann, Alice, Donald Jackson, Jovica Veljovic, Eric Gill, F.H. Ernst Schneidler, Edward Catich, Villa Toots and many many more.
    Join exhibition curator, (book designer and calligrapher) Jerry Kelly at The Grolier Club to get an insider’s tour.

    Monday, June 19, 2:00pm–3:00pm
    $15
    Details and registration

Workshops

  • Sign Painting with John Downer
    Sign Painting with John Downer

    This class will focus on rendering a few particular styles of capital letters that were commonly used in American sign painting during the 20th century. Script lettering will be addressed in the final day and a half.

    Monday–Thursday, June 12–15, 9:00am–4:00pm
    $880
    Details and registration

  • Grids & Grits with Tânia Raposo
    Grids & Grits with Tânia Raposo

    In this workshop we will go through the history of the different grid methods, we will be using pencil and tracing paper to analyse in-use grids from magazines and books, and you will learn how to create grids and how to keep your text aligned to it in Adobe InDesign.

    Monday, June 12, 9:00am–4:00pm
    $220
    Details and registration

  • Introduction to Hand Lettering with James Edmondson
    Introduction to Hand Lettering with James Edmondson

    In this 4 day workshop, students will learn from the ground up how to sketch letters, make refinements, and produce a finished analog or digital piece. Standard drawing tools will be used to test ideas and push various parameters, though no art or design background is required. This course covers the fundamentals for whichever styles students care to pursue, as well as techniques for harmonious compositions, and eye-catching effects.

    Monday–Thursday, June 12–15, 10:00am–5:00pm
    $880
    Details and registration

  • Integrating Letter and Image with Michael Doret
    Integrating Letter and Image with Michael Doret

    Have you ever designed a headline that needed an image, or worked on an illustration that needed a headline—but thought creating and putting the two together could be problematic? It can be pretty disappointing when letter and image come from two different sources—and are just slapped one over the other! This workshop will help you uncover ways that your work can actually be stronger when you discover how to successfully integrate these forms with each other—as they are two sides of the same coin. The purpose of this four-day workshop is to demonstrate how the rules governing letter and image can be bent and how the two can be fused to create new hybrid forms.

    Participants will select and work on at least two of several assignment options, and receive constructive feedback at various stages during the workshop. These stages can include research, rough pencil thumbnails, development sketches, and refinement and execution of final artwork. This work may take the form of finished drawings, be brought into the digital realm, or completed using traditional media. By the end of the class students should have a better understanding of—and the ability to take advantage of—the complex relationship between letterforms and imagery.

    Monday–Thursday, June 12–15, 10:00am–5:00pm
    $880
    Details and registration

  • Type Selector with Tânia Raposo
    Type Selector with Tânia Raposo

    In this 1-day workshop you will learn how to look at typefaces up close to analyse their details and why they matter, how to pick the best typeface for your project and how pair it with others. You will have a better insight about language support, legibility studies, different kinds of typeface financing and logistics.

    Tuesday, June 13, 9:00am–4:00pm
    $220
    Details and registration

  • Micro Typography with Tânia Raposo
    Micro Typography with Tânia Raposo

    In this 1 day workshop you will acquire typographic skills on the micro level — how to solve intricate typographic hierarchies, and how to fine-tune long passages of text. You will learn how and when to use various kinds of dashes, get acquainted with OpenType features and get to know all the strange characters in your glyph palette.

    Wednesday, June 14, 9:00am–4:00pm
    $220
    Details and registration

  • Type Design for Non-Type Designers with Matteo Bologna
    Type Design for Non-Type Designers with Matteo Bologna

    Get a crash course in designing type from Matteo Bologna, Creative Director of award-winning studio Mucca Design. The workshop will introduce you to the basic skills necessary for the wild journey into the super fun world of type design and you will learn the basics of designing and generating a typeface.

    Wednesday, June 14, 9:00am–6:00pm
    $280
    Details and registration

  • TypeCooker with Erik van Blokland
    TypeCooker with Erik van Blokland

    TypeCooker takes sketching to the next level. Using randomly generated recipes you’ll discover new techniques and become a typographic troubleshooter. The one-day workshop includes several rounds of drawing with a critique at the end of each. Suitable for all.

    Thursday, June 15, 10:00am–5:00pm
    $220
    Details and registration

  • The Design Game with Petr van Blokland
    The Design Game with Petr van Blokland

    52 designers, 12 studios, 4 customers, 17 tables, 60 chairs, 48 designs, 4 rounds and your drawing tools …
    Did you ever wonder what clients were trying to say to you? Or why designers never have enough time? Why are design processes so non-linear even when design thinking is? How can designers work better as teams? Can you balance on the wrong foot? Why should you never participate in pitches? You will get amazing insight these matters. Never to forget.

    Sunday, June 18, 10:00am–3:00pm
    Free
    Details and registration

  • Bring Your Own Problem: A Scripting Workshop for Pros with Frederik BerlaenAndy Clymer
    Bring Your Own Problem: A Scripting Workshop for Pros with Frederik Berlaen, Andy Clymer

    In this one day workshop, participants have a unique opportunity to have their own RoboFont production and workflow problems solved by way of a live coding demonstration by Frederik Berlaen, with assistance by Andy Clymer. While Python programming knowledge is helpful for the workshop, it isn’t required of the participants. But, abstract thinking is a must. Wondering how to make variable fonts? Problems with getting started with a project? Workflow feels like it needs optimizing? Wonder what you could really be doing with Python? Bring a problem!

    Sunday, June 18, 10:00am–5:00pm
    $220
    Details and registration

  • Drawing for Interpolation with Erik van Blokland
    Drawing for Interpolation with Erik van Blokland

    If you’re thinking of building a variable font or have plans to make a large family, you’ll need to draw for interpolation. And glyph outlines aren’t what they used to be. In this one-day workshop we’ll look at different outline constructions, extrapolation and designspace planning. We’ll use Superpolator and RoboFont, and maybe also a bit of python. Basic digital drawing skills required.

    Sunday, June 18, 10:00am–5:00pm
    $220
    Details and registration

  • Spencerian Lettering with Ken Barber
    Spencerian Lettering with Ken Barber

    Not to be confused with the handwriting of the 1800s, Spencerian Lettering is a unique style of hand-drawn script innovated during the latter half of the 20th century. Its lively forms, embellished strokes and distinctive styling make Spencerian Lettering especially well-suited for posters, labels, book jackets, editorial work and advertisements. In this workshop students will learn how to create and implement Spencerian Lettering for various design applications.

    Monday–Tuesday, June 19–20, 9:00am–4:00pm
    $440
    Details and registration

  • Python Programming with DrawBot for Beginners with Just van Rossum
    Python Programming with DrawBot for Beginners with Just van Rossum

    This two day workshop is for everyone who wants to get a taste of creating designs programmatically with the Python programming language. You’ll work with DrawBot, a free and friendly environment that will give you instant visual feedback. The basics of Python will be covered, and you will learn how to use Python to create high quality vector-based output. No previous Python experience is necessary.

    Monday–Tuesday, June 19–20, 10:00am–5:00pm
    $440
    Details and registration

  • Whispering Type with Frederik Berlaen
    Whispering Type with Frederik Berlaen

    In this 3 day workshop, students approach the practice of typeface design 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. At the end participants will have an ‘unfinished’ typeface with lowercase or uppercase letters. But each one will be forced to draw something different than they are used to.

    Monday–Wednesday, June 19–21, 10:00am–5:00pm
    $660
    Details and registration

  • How to Code All Your Graphic Design: PageBot with Petr van Blokland
    How to Code All Your Graphic Design: PageBot with Petr van Blokland

    Did you ever wonder why existing design tools make you do so much repetitive work? Why is it difficult to get back to sketching once your design tools take over? This workshop is intended for designers who want to code and for developers who want to design. Even if you decide that coding your designs isn’t what you want to do yourself, you will learn how to talk to developers.

    Monday–Thursday, June 19–22, 10:00am–5:00pm
    $880
    Details and registration

  • Brush Lettering with Ken Barber
    Brush Lettering with Ken Barber

    This two-day workshop will provide a basic overview of freehand brush lettering. Referencing various tools, techniques and models, participants will hone their drawing skills as they take a wordmark from concept to completion. Comprehensive slide presentations, demonstrations, skill-building exercises and personal critiques will provide further guidance as students acquire a practical foundation for drawing and implementing brush lettering in various design contexts.

    Wednesday–Thursday, June 21–22, 9:00am–4:00pm
    $440
    Details and registration

  • Programming Animations with DrawBot with Just van Rossum
    Programming Animations with DrawBot with Just van Rossum

    Learn to program generative animations with Python in DrawBot in this two day workshop. We will dive into programming time based behavior and motion, creating perfect loops. Abstract patterns, letters, geometric shapes, icons: you name it and we will make it move. The results will be short animated loops in the form of animated gifs ready for the web, or video output suitable for post-production.

    Wednesday–Thursday, June 21–22, 10:00am–5:00pm
    $440
    Details and registration

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