In this ten week introduction to the wild world of type design, students will conduct research, sketch, and eventually begin to revive an old existing typeface. The importance of sketching by hand will be stressed through the introduction of TypeCookers, and initial work interpreting their chosen design. Best practices for digital drawing will be covered as students learn the basics of industry standard font production software. The concepts of contrast, proportion, weight, and spacing will be repeatedly pounded into students' brains, leading to an understanding of the basics of traditional letterforms, and the type design process.
Note: This workshop is only open to students enrolled in the Type West Certificate Program in Type Design.
James is an type designer based in Oakland, California. He studied graphic design at California College of the Arts, and graduated from the Royal Academy of Art TypeMedia program in the Netherlands.
Through his foundry OH no Type Co., he creates custom and retail typefaces. In 2018, James co-founded Future Fonts, a platform for distributing fonts in-progress. James leads the type design classes in the Type West Certificate Program and occasional workshops through Type@Cooper.
Graham Bradley runs Roxaboxen, a California-based design studio specializing in typefaces and brand identities. He has been an instructor at Type West since its inception in 2018 and is a Lead Instructor for 2021. Before founding Roxaboxen, Graham was the first employee at Frere-Jones Type, where he worked with Tobias Frere-Jones on Mallory and Retina. He is a graduate of the Type@Cooper program at The Cooper Union, and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.