Cooper Union

I just published a blog post about my awesome summer in the Type@Cooper Condensed certificate program at the Cooper Union in New York City http://www.kombinat-typefounders.com/store/news/article/cooperType_condensed_2012

Applications are now being accepted for Type@Cooper Condensed. This program is an integrated intensive 5 week program with Sumner Stone, Sara Soskolne and Andy Clymer. The program runs from June 20 thru July 21 and is held at Cooper Union's campus in the East Village, Manhattan. The program will include lettering, typeface design, font production. Very special guests will come to teach workshops, lecture, and give critique including Ken Barber of House Industries. Application deadline for summer 2011 is February 28th. No more than 15 students will be chosen to attend. More information about the Condensed Program at http://coopertype.org/condensed/

Applications are now being accepted for Type@Cooper Condensed. This program is an integrated intensive 5 week program with Sumner Stone, Sara Soskolne and Andy Clymer. The program runs from June 20 thru July 21 and is held at Cooper Union's campus in the East Village, Manhattan. The program will include lettering, typeface design, font production. Very special guests will come to teach workshops, lecture, and give critique including Ken Barber of House Industries. Application deadline for summer 2011 is February 28th. No more than 15 students will be chosen to attend. More information about the Condensed Program at http://coopertype.org/condensed/

There are a few places available for the workshops being offered at Cooper Union this spring. These courses are electives within the Type@Cooper program but some places are available to non-participants. For more information visit http://coopertype.org/extended/

Planting Seeds for Script Type Designs
Richard Lipton
Saturday, March 12 & Sunday, March 13

Proportion
John Downer
Saturday, March 19 & Sunday, March 20

Basic Python Programming for Typeface Design
Ben Kiel
Saturday, April 9 & Sunday, April 10

Type@Cooper and the Herb Lubalin Study Center have joined together in conjunction with the TDC to offer a public lecture series.
The lecture series is still closely tied to the curriculum of the typeface design program. These lectures are free and open to the public. Here are the next two lectures being offered. For more information about the program visit http://coopertype.org/

What You Should Never Do With Type And Why
Matteo Bologna
Monday, February 7, 2011, 6:30 pm
The Rose Auditorium in the New Academic Building
41 Cooper Square at East 7th St, New York, NY


The Drawn Letter
Ken Barber
*Places are still available on both weekends as of October 14th

2 sessions
Saturday, October 23 & Sunday, October 24
9 am–4 pm

Due to high demand, this workshop will be repeated:
2 sessions
Saturday, November 6 & Sunday, November 7
9 am–4 pm

Type@Cooper presents the first in our guest lecture series at Cooper Union "Turning Lead into Gold: 19th-Century American Type Foundries & Their Specimen Books". Stephen O. Saxe will speak on Monday, October 18th at 6:30 pm in the Rose Auditorium at Cooper Union. This talk was adapted from the annual Hofer Lecture in Graphic Arts at Harvard in April, 2010. It covers the design and production of type in the nineteenth century from the earliest days of typefounding in America, technological advances, the aesthetics of “Victorian” type, the “Artistic Printing” movement, and the demise of the great type foundries and formation of the American Type Founders Company at the end of the century.

For more information go to the Cooper Union Continuing Education website or CooperType.org

Cooper Union's new typeface design program, organized in conjunction with the Type Directors Club was just recently announced. It is currently a certificate program offered through Cooper's continuing education department. The new website has all the info on curriculum, faculty bios, and application details:
http://coopertype.org/

While there have been many type design workshops and classes offered in North America before, this is the first program of its kind to take place on the continent. Having moved to New York not too long ago myself, I must say I can't think of a better city to hold such a program in – if for nothing else than to have access to such a vast pool of talented type folks living in the area.

Furthermore, Cooper Union and the Type Directors Club couldn't be much better organizations to have involved. Among other things, Cooper has made typography a priority with their Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography, and the TDC's annual typeface awards are among the most notable in the industry. Plus it goes without saying that both have long typographic histories that include some of the greats of American type, lettering, and design.

The course list and roster of people involved for the first term alone is quite impressive (not to mention surprisingly diverse), and I'm sure the second and third terms will be just as good. More information will be posted on the site as it becomes available.

I apologize for shamelessly tooting the horn of a project I'm obviously involved with, but I'm really excited about it and thought some of you might be as well. As always, I'm appreciative of any feedback – critical or otherwise – and am happy to answer any questions.

Two more workshops are being offered at Cooper Union this spring in lettering: "Organic Capitals" April 17 & 18 and "Compressed Styles (Black letter)" May 1 & 2. To see complete workshop details www.cooper.edu/ce

These workshops are appropriate for people who have some background in lettering or calligraphy and are already
comfortable using a broad edged pen. Absolute beginners will struggle but if you're up for the challenge Julian is an excellent teacher to begin with.

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