The DART Board: Continuing Education

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday September 28, 2022

Type@Cooper offers continuing education post-graduate courses, including certificate programs in type design, public workshops, and exhibitions. The majority of these courses are limited to 16 to 22 students, by registration. 

Top industry professionals lead a highly focused and comprehensive study of key typeface design principles: technique, technology, aesthetics, expression, history, and theory. Students explore the foundation of typography in depth by creating their own typefaces in hands-on classes, while developing a broad understanding of the field through lectures, discussions, and research. Participants leave the program with the specialized skills to design professional-quality digital typefaces and lettering. Above: Type@Cooper exhibition at TDC

Registration for fall classes and winter online classes ends November 8. Info Visit the FAQ page or mail with your questions.

Following is a sampler—just the tip of the typography iceberg—to give you an idea of what lies beneath:


Tuesday, October 4-Tuesday, December 6: Typography on the Web

This ten-part, studio class, with Scott Kellum, is a deep dive into the design and code of web typography, combining foundational theory and applied practice. You'll learn to select variable and web fonts, ensure content legibility, design for accessibility, and implement cool typographic effects. 

As you build up your skills and confidence with web typography, you'll learn how to work with typographic effects, including treatments, gradient text, outlined text, long shadows, distortion, and more. At the end of the semester, you'll walk away with an extensive knowledge of how to create rich web typography from legible body text up to display headlines and all the choices in-between.

Online / Register

Saturday-Sunday, October 8-9: Capital Letter Breakdown

Capital letters are ancient wisdom in the modern age; a point where brush philosophy meets Béziers. They can adapt to any trend and come fresh from your font editor still reflecting their millennia-old sources. Understanding the origins of Roman capitals is essential for a successful type design.

In this two-day introductory workshop with Gen Ramírez, students will explore the historical roots and anatomy of capital letters. Analyzing the stylistic properties and the structural elements of the Roman capitals gives us a deep understanding of the history and evolution of the Latin script. Importantly, it offers us solid resources to make well-founded creative decisions in the typeface design. Online / Register 


The Herb Lubalin Lecture Series, Live at Cooper Union

The Herb Lubalin Lecture Series is held at The Cooper Union, Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square, New York, NY Map

Monday, October 24, 6:30pm: Franklin Gothic Goes on Forever, with Nick Sherman

This talk will cover historical information about Franklin Gothic, its predecessors, its siblings at the American Type Founders Company, typefaces it influenced, and its impact on the world of typography and culture in general. Register for this free event here

Monday, November 14, 6:30pm: Typography at VKhuTeMas, the Soviet Union’s Revolutionary Art School, with Polina Godz

This lecture will shed light on the origins and trajectory of VKhuTeMas, paying especially close attention to how ideas on typography fed into the school’s artistic output and how they evolved over time.

Register for this free event here



And this week’s top takeaway from Creative Boom has to be:

20 of the best Google Fonts to play with [for free!] in 2022:

First launched in 2010, Google Fonts is a repository for open-source typography projects, and they're typically very high quality. They're also totally free, with no strings attached. For instance, there are no donation buttons, so you won't get spammed with requests to buy a fuller version.

You can use Google Fonts in both personal and commercial projects. You can modify them without seeking permission and use them in logo designs for clients and in any product you're selling. 

Technically, Google Fonts is also very easy to use online. Rather than messing around with multiple font files, you can use the Google Fonts CSS API to embed the fonts directly on your website. And they're lightweight and compressed, so they'll load nice and quickly.

For the complete rundown, go here



Since you’ve got your calendar out, consider this, just in from Type Directors Club:

Monday, October 17, 6:30pm: Steve Heller | Person Place Thing at The One Club

Celebrate Steve Heller’s 50+ career as an art director, graphic designer, educator and writer/editor and his new book Growing Up Underground: A Memoir of Counter Culture New York by joining in for this conversation with Randy Cohen, presented by the Type Directors Club.

Steve is the author, co-author, or editor of over 200 books on popular culture through the lens of design, typography, and ephemera. For 33 years Heller was an art director at the New York Times, around 30 of them in the Book Review section. He is the recipient of the AIGA Medal, National Design Award, inducted into the Art Directors Hall of Fame and was awarded two honorary doctorates. He has written obituaries and design columns for The TimesThe Atlantic, and Wired and writes The Daily Heller for PRINT.

Person Place Thing is an interview show based on the idea that people are particularly engaging when they speak, not directly about themselves, but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing with particular meaning to them. The result: surprising stories from great talkers and thinkers.

The One Club for Creativity, 450 West 31st Street, NY, NY RSVP

You can also meet Steve Heller when he launches Growing Up Underground: A Memoir of Counter Culture New York in conversation with Ann Quito on October 4th, at Rizzoli Bookstore, 1133 Broadway, New York, NY Register