Type designers have always used their own specialized home-made tools. In the sixteenth century it consisted of custom hewn gravers, punches and casting molds, today the type designer extends the software they use by creating new tools using the Python programming language.
With no requirement of prior programming experience, students in this workshop will learn the basics of the Python programming language by writing code to make illustrations and printed proofs of their type design projects using the Drawbot application, and will apply these fundamental skills to editing font data and automating tasks in RoboFont. Students who come to the workshop with some programming experience will be given the chance to expand upon these basic concepts.
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.
Andy Clymer Andy Clymer is a typeface designer and developer at H&Co. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design from San Diego State University and a Master of Design degree in type design from the Type & Media postgraduate course at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Art) in The Hague, Netherlands. While in The Hague, Andy was influenced heavily by the notion that type designers have had for centuries of building one’s own tools for the job — mechanical bits and pieces, historically, and now bits and pieces of software. This carries through into his role at H&Co where he contributes both to the design of retail and custom typefaces and to the software that helps produce them.