Australia’s experts in the education of the typographic arts.


OSNS offers a range of classes, here is what's coming up in the next month.


The School

Old School New School is structured to empower students to bring their individuality into their design practice when they work by hand.


Type Program

The Program runs over 5 weeks and is Australia's only dedicated Type Design course.

What's On

OSNS has a variety of events happening at the School, including Exhibitions, Talks and more, focusing on adding to and building the design and typography community.

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#Repost @veronicagrowtype ・・・ A few more copperplate calligraphy samplers for next weekends Saturday Copperplate class Im teaching at @oldschoolnewschool – there’s a special offer if you book with a friend you can save $100.00 !! #calligraphy #calligraphic #calligritype #calligraffiti #calligraphymasters #copperplatecalligraphy #copperplatecalligraphypractice

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My Thursday night typothetapy woops I mean calligraphy session. Not to be confused with lettering !! We still love teaching Copperplate calligraphy ! Actually as opposed to lettering calligraphy is a welcome escape it’s repetitive movements help calm me down after a bout of lettering – it doesn’t require as much thinking ! Next class sat week – check out the friends deal and save $100.00 !! Sweet !! #typenerd #typegang #typewip #customlettering #customtype #calligraphy #calligraphic #calligritype #calligraffiti #calligraphymasters #ink #craft #fun #melbournemade

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A momentous lettering exhibition is on I ts way here in Melbourne – in September ! Plus much much more ! Some really innovative type focussed calligraphy classes lots of free downloads and type informed information sessions ! The exhibition will feature Australia’s most influential lettering artists and type designers ! And it’s supporting a good cause there will also be prints for sale by @caseyschuurman @moniqueaimee @hatethetrip @gerardhindle @mad_deneys @holyhalation @stevemitchell_ #customtype #customlettering @shelbydoesntlikecheese @leonafietz -/// There’s a lot of behind the scenes work taking place as we prepare ! Stay tuned #typewip #typegang #typenerd

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This Friday’s #osnsfabfriday is @jokeboudens – who I was delighted to discover ! A myriad of intricately and carefully hand Calligraphed books in many different hands, incorporating some fine illustrations rocked my boat this week !! Really worth having a peek at the Instagram feed it’s amazing and refreshing to see such fine and timeless work ! If you want to be featured inn#osnsfabfriday just tag me ! We are always looking for new and interesting quality work ! ・・・ #typography #calligraphy #lettering #spider #snail #calligraphic #books #craft #treasure

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@caseyschuurman comes to OSNS —- NEXT WEEK ! – join in the MONOLINE fun !!!!! Perfect for beginners and everyone else !! ・・・ I will forever love the varying inky textures this nib creates! 〰 Practising my Monoline script for next week’s workshop at @oldschoolnewschool 🤓✍🏻 You can join in on the inky fun too — link in bio for class details 💫

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Lovers of Geometric Sans Melbourne Graphic Design Students ______ (it seems there is a bit of a misunderstanding that OSNS is part of a “hipster” movement which would infer we are driven by style rather than mechanics and history of writing) ———- I think its a mis-judgement to categorise OSNS as part of some “hipster” typo movement. As more and more independent foundries pop up and clients seeking customised Typographic solutions, it would be helpful to open up and understand more. …… In fact a rally against style driven thinking is one of the main reasons OSNS was incepted. Maybe you will enjoy this completely customised sans Logo for potter Anna Cuttriss by OSNS Type Program Grad @mad_deneys …….. Designed from scratch … meaning Madeline didn’t need to head to @grillitype or @colophonfoundry to start with a derivative font – she designed the letter system by hand starting with a pencil and eraser then digitising and refining stroke thickness and space in Glyphs. I’m enjoying The pleasing relationship between the cut of the C, the bottom heavy curve of the S, and the narrow proportion of the N T and U. Her knowledge comes from having looked under the bonnet to understand the mechanics of many different historical calligraphic and Typographic writing systems by using her hands to write them here at the school in our classes ! Im so happy to see Mad continue to kick goals ! 👏👏👏 she was quickly snapped her up by a leading melbourne branding agency. (She’s loving her job working with type all day every day as they’re doing a lot of exciting work) !! The motto – don’t just grab a font to design a logo – start from scratch – use it to make a whole Typeface – you can learn here in our 2018 Type Design Program which is far more likely to get you a job than notching up HECS Debts for Masters and PHD s which fail to make sense beyond the hallowed halls of Academia #typedesign #typedesigner #typographic #customtype #customlettering #logo #logomania #logomaker #logoinspiration

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Follow along to @booksiwishexisted ・・・ ‘Got You Covered’ is a project Type program grad @caseyschuurman has been wanting to bring to life for a while now! She is creating a series of Books She Wishes Existed, based on times in everyday life where her friends and Casey have thought “I wish there was a how-to guide for that!” 📒⚠️ Follow along at @booksiwishexisted 👈🏻 To see her put her lettering skills to the test, customising all the imaginary book covers to be unique! I ✨#customlettering #customtype #bookstagram #handlettering #calligritype #typographic

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Link through onto site to book into July Copperplate at Old School New School knowing you are in the hands of an established education specialist ! ・・・ A soothing day of English Roundhound spent in our Lettercraft Lab at glorious @abbotsfordconvent is restorative ! I’m Using Gio Tonso’s Models of Calligraphy which you can find on the Iampeth website !! #calligraphy #typebyhand #typography #copperplate #ink #meditation #calligraphic #calligritype


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