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Introducing Type West at Letterform Archive

We’re thrilled to announce our new postgraduate certificate in typeface design.

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After two successful years of Type@Cooper West, in partnership with the Continuing Education Department of The Cooper Union in New York, Letterform Archive is launching Type West, a new, independent program taught by innovators in the craft and supported by the Archive’s world-class collection of type and graphic design.

Beginning in October 2018, the year-long program will include in-depth courses in type design history, theory, and fundamentals, with classes led by James Edmondson, Grendl Löfkvist, Graham Bradley, Catherine Leigh Schmidt, Christopher Slye, and several guest instructors and advisors. Taught by working professionals for working professionals, Type West classes will be held two evenings per week, with intensive, hands-on instruction in the techniques and technology required for the complete type design process, from sketch to font.

At Letterform Archive, Type West students will have access to a typographic library unlike any other. Curators and librarians will guide students through thousands of typeface specimens, reference books, and original examples of lettering and graphic design. The Archive is an on-site source of research and inspiration where Type West participants experience type history firsthand.

The program will be complemented by public workshops throughout the academic year, and our community will continue to benefit from the free Letterform Lecture series held at the San Francisco Public Library, with speakers and topics that supplement the Type West curriculum.

Education is central to Letterform Archive’s mission. We’re grateful to Type@Cooper for setting a high standard and we’re pleased that we can continue to offer this calibre of type design learning on the West Coast.

We are now accepting applications for the 2018–19 Certificate Program.

Learn more and apply