This workshop over ten Mondays between October 4th through December 13th is the core design component of the third term of Type West. Instruction during this term is focused on the type production process—students take the original design they developed in the second term and expand it into a functioning type family.
Learning how to build upon an idea and turn it into a refined and usable set of fonts is the objective of the third term. Through the process of drawing full character sets, proofing and testing their designs, and incorporating feedback from instructors and their peers, students will develop an understanding of how to work on a new type concept, defining and adjusting the systems that make up the design. Over the course of the term, this workshop will cover key elements of type families, such as combining styles cohesively, language support, and the design of punctuation, symbols, and other marks.
Sketching exercises, teaching demonstrations, presentations, and critiques will guide students in their projects. Guest designers will offer insights into their own creative processes, and provide additional feedback to students.
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.
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.