Introduction to Modern Type Design
with Kel Troughton
Create your own original typeface as you gain an understanding of the methodologies and software used to produce high-quality digital fonts.
During this 10-week online workshop, which meets Tuesday evenings from January 29–April 4, participants will create their own original typefaces as they gain an understanding of the methodologies and software used to produce high-quality digital type.
The primary goal of this workshop is to show participants how to systematically think about type and successfully structure the type design process. We will focus on techniques and best practices for designing and spacing type, explore the conceptual foundations of type design, including proofing and testing work, and learn about the structure of type families. Participants will work in Glyphs App throughout the week and upload homework before each workshop for review. During meeting times, participants will learn various lessons about type, practice sketching, and get feedback on their type projects.
This course is suitable for designers just starting to think about type and for designers with some type design experience, hoping to develop their skills and processes. Some experience with drawing Bézier curves (in Adobe Illustrator, for instance) and with typography is recommended but not required. This is a great course for anyone interested in applying to the Type West Postgraduate Certificate Program in Type Design.
A free temporary license for Glyphs App will be made available to all participants. The class is capped at 15 students to allow for ample one-on-one instruction.
- Computer running Mac OS X 10.10 or higher (to run Glyphs app)
- Adobe InDesign and Photoshop installed
- Canson XL Marker Paper
- Pentel Jumbo Correction Pen (white-out)
- Fine point and chisel tip markers for sketching (Sharpie or similar)
Diversity & Equity Scholarship
Diversity and Equity are important to all of us at Letterform Archive, and we are committed to increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups within the type and design communities.
We are offering one BIPOC/Equity scholarship seat in this workshop.
To apply for this scholarship, please complete and submit to us the short form linked here at least a week prior to the start of the workshop.
Kel Troughton is a freelance type designer and lettering artist who gets an equal amount of inspiration from mid-century advertising and Bay Area graffiti. He graduated from the Type@Cooper West program in 2018, was the teaching assistant for Type West in 2019, and worked at Monotype. Kel is one of the co-teachers in the year-long Type West at Letterform Archive certificate program.