Spring & Summer In the City That Always Types


There are two reasons we wish we could spend the next couple of month’s in New York’s East Village, and both of them have to do with the Spring/Summer Design classes through Cooper Union’s Continuing Education Program. First is the “Digital Type Design” program, with Hannes Famira, which runs from May 30th, through August 1st. Here’s the info on that:

The design and production processes of typefaces have significantly changed in the past 20 years. In this hands-on course, Hannes Famira will guide the participants step by step through the different stages of up-to-date font development. The participants will be made familiar with the software application FontLab Studio v.5 by drawing and producing their own functioning digital type faces. The topics covered will be tracing artwork, techniques of perfecting curves, building diacritics as well as the secrets of spacing, kerning and hinting. Participants should have a basic typographic knowledge and some experience in a vector based drawing application such as Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia Freehand.

And second is the shorter, revisited session with Jim Craig and Irene Scala, “Designing with Type.” Here’s the info on that:

This course is for individuals who would like to use type more creatively, but realize they don’t completely understand typography. The instructors have developed a website, www.designingwithtype.com to supplement the class. Students learn more about selecting typeface, arranging type on a page, creating layouts, organizing information, and solving design problems involving type. Assignments are conducted in class and it is preferable, but not essential, that students bring a laptop computer. Anyone without a laptop can either work with someone in the class, or create designs with pencil and paper that can be completed later on a desktop computer.