Type West Online 2023

Type West Online 2023

Education is central to the Archive’s mission. Type West Online is a postgraduate certificate program in type design available worldwide.

Our Postgraduate Certificate Program in Type Design is geared toward graphic design professionals who wish to expand their typographic toolboxes by learning the tools and techniques necessary to create original typefaces. The yearlong program is tailored to the needs of recent graduates, working designers, and other professionals who interact with type and typography regularly but would like to deepen their knowledge in a supportive and challenging academic environment.

Type West Online 2023 will begin January 30, 2023 and end December 12, 2023. The full class schedule will be posted soon.

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Pedagogy & Resources

Students have remote access to one of the world’s best collections of type specimens and printing history.
Students have remote access to a premier collection of type specimens and typographic history, along with guidance from the Archive’s staff.

The history and theory of type design serve as the basis for the core classes of type production. Students practice hand lettering, calligraphy, and drafting as a foundation for original letterform creation and master the digital tools necessary for making fonts. Class size is limited to allow for individual instruction.

Each of the three (3) ten-week terms is supported by two (2) weekend/weeknight workshops, taught by leaders in the fields of typography and type design. The course curriculum is supplemented by the popular Letterform Lecture series, co-presented by the San Francisco Public Library and currently held online, featuring visiting scholars and industry professionals and covering a wide range of topics on lettering, calligraphy, type, and more.

Type West students have access to an unparalleled typographic library as they research and create their own original typefaces. Librarians, curators, and other members of the Archive’s knowledgeable staff guide students through thousands of type specimens, reference books, and original examples of lettering and graphic design.

Students also benefit from free access to the Letterform Archive Salon Series which offers different viewpoints on our extensive collection.

Type West Online Instructors

Type Design

Zrinka Buljubašić, Lead Instructor, Zrinka Buljubašić’s portrait is a Croatian type and graphic designer currently based in Mexico. She holds a Masters degree in Typeface Design from TypeMedia Programme at KABK, Netherlands, and is a graduate of Type@Cooper’s Condensed Program in New York. She also holds a Masters degree from Art Academy of Split Croatia in New Media Design and a BA in Visual Communication Design. Having previously worked as a UX/UI and Visual designer for a decade, her work focuses mainly on blending type, digital media, and printing techniques. Zrinka runs DualType studio with Gen Ramírez.

Kel Troughton Kel Troughton’s portrait is a 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. You can find him in the East Bay drawing letters and you can find his typeface Oaks on Future Fonts.

Fer Cozzi’s portraitFer Cozzi is an independent type designer from Argentina. She graduated from the University of Buenos Aires where she earned a postgraduate specialization in Type Design and now teaches in the school’s Master of Typeface Design program. Fer has participated in several typography events around the world, and her work has been selected for renowned typography exhibitions and competitions.

Carl Crossgrove’s portraitCarl Crossgrove studied fine art, printmaking, and book arts, eventually focusing on typeface design at Rochester Institute of Technology. He fulfilled internships at Adobe's type design group in the 1990s, and designed typefaces for Monotype for nearly 20 years. Carl’s background in calligraphy and drawing infuses his typefaces with humanism.

Type History & Theory

Ewan Clayton’s portraitEwan Clayton is the author of The Golden Thread, an essential book on the history of calligraphy and typography. He is currently teaching at the Royal Drawing School in London and the University of Sunderland, where he co-directs the International Calligraphy Research Centre. In 2013 he was awarded the first Karl-Georg Hoefer prize by The Schreibwerkstatt Klingspor for his work in calligraphy and education.

Briar Levit’s portraitBriar Levit is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Portland State University. She spent her early career as Art Director of Bitch magazine, and as an independent book designer. Her feature-length documentary, Graphic Means, established an obsession with alternative design history, leading her to co-direct The People’s Graphic Design Archive and edit the book, Baseline Shift: Previously Untold Stories of Women Throughout Graphic Design History.

Silas Munro’s portraitSilas Munro is a partner of Polymode, a design studio for poetic research, learning experiences, and clients in the cultural sphere, innovative businesses, and community-based organizations, including the city of LA, MoMA, and The New Museum. Silas’s writing appears in AIGA Eye on Design, Eye, Slanted, and Strikethrough: Typographic Messages of Protest. Silas is Founding Faculty and Chair Emeritus at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and co-founder of BIPOC Design History.

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