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Introduction to Serif Lettering

  • Date
  • Time
  • Led By James Edmondson
  • Where Letterform Archive

In this two day workshop, students will learn the basics “modern” typefaces with a “rational” or vertical axis, that make use of the expansion contrast model. If that doesn’t make sense, that's okay! We’ll learn how to look at classic typefaces, honor the established conventions, and place thick strokes, thin strokes, and serifs where they should be. These practices imbue your lettering with a sense of classicism, integrity, and sophistication that is more than a cut above your typical cafe chalkboard. It’s time to level up!

Required Materials
  • pens (microns, sharpies, broad nibs, brush pens—bring whatever you have)
  • pencils
  • eraser
  • white out
  • marker or tracing paper (preferable marker paper)
  • tape
  • scissors
  • Optional: a laptop running Adobe Illustrator, Glyphs or RoboFont

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.

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