CO-LAB is a two-day intensive graphic design workshop being held Saturday and Sunday, March 2nd and 3rd. (Location TBD)
Designed for EDM students who are looking to develop new skills in collaboration with a renegade, all-hands-on-deck spirit, this workshop promises to deliver fresh ways of thinking and making.
CO-LAB will be led by Professor Elizabeth Carey Smith of The Letter Office — also a City College EDM adjunct faculty member with a special obsession with type. Participants will craft an ambitious project in two days, learning from each other and instructor alike. Each participant will leave with a copy of the project that will distinguish their portfolios.
Watch this space for further updates about the nature of the project, what to expect on the weekend, how to prepare, and what space we’ll occupy.
For questions or to RSVP, please contact Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After several (too many?) weeks off, I am back teaching and learning type. We kicked off the Cooper Type semester with a workshop led by the awesome Hannes Famira, where we learned the Noordzij method of sketching translational typefaces—otherwise referred to as the “scribble technique”.
I had taken a FontLab course eons ago with Hannes through Cooper Union Continuing Ed, where he briefly showed me this method, and I’ve been practicing a version of it ever since. That said, getting the full explanation and theory really changed my perspective (again!) as I explore the construction of letters.
I came up with three directions for a possible original typeface. The workshop was called “Understanding the design space” and it was a great way to visualize the boundaries of the exploration. In other words, it was very helpful to think about the typeface in terms of how scalable it will be, especially knowing that this original design will extend into an additional weight and an italic.
Unfortunately I spent an inordinate amount of time fussing over some details of about 15 different lowercase a’s while trying to translate the aesthetic in my head into something visual, on a piece of paper. So I’m back to sketching.