Cover Letters

Cover Letters
Isabel Urbina Peña

Workshop at Letterform Archive
Offered by Type@Cooper West
Saturday–Sunday, August 26–27, 2017

A good book cover should catch your attention while being readable, legible and typographically interesting. In this two-day workshop you will experiment with lettering, handwriting and modern calligraphy techniques to come up with a compelling cover for your favorite book. On day one, we will focus on sketching by hand from thumbnails to final art size. On day two, we will put the finishing touches to your piece and move on to finishing it digitally so it’s ready to print!

Required Materials

  • Paper
  • Tracing Paper
  • Pencil / Mechanical Pencil
  • Micron Ink Pen, 0.35mm, Black
  • Sharpies
  • Eraser / Kneaded Rubber Eraser
  • Any other lettering tools that you might have at hand are encouraged for the exploration part of our workshop (brushes, pens, calligraphy ink, markers, etc.) Laptop with Photoshop

Additional Materials

  • If you have a Wacom Tablet, Cintiq or Ipad Pro bring it for the digital part of our class.
  • Your favorite book and supporting information, such as author's bio and other comparative titles. I will also bring a few options to pick from.

A workshop offered by Type@Cooper West, a collaboration between Letterform Archive and The Cooper Union Continuing Education Department, and held in the Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive.

About Isabel Urbina Peña
Isabel Urbina Peña

Isabel Urbina Peña is an Art Director originally from Venezuela. She runs her own studio in Brooklyn, N.Y. focusing on books, lettering, typeface design and experimental handwriting. She has worked at Penguin Random House, American Museum of Natural History and for clients like The New York Times & The New York Historical Society. In 2015, she was named a New Visual Artist: 15 under 30 by PRINT Magazine. In her spare time, she teaches, designs typefaces & zines and runs Yes Equal, a database of creative women.