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Old School New School for Design and Typography is a nonprofit typography school purpose built to inspire and educate those seeking the specialized knowledge required to create custom typography. This starts with Letterform Literacy and Slow Typographics.  Slow Typography is an analog approach grounded in how a letterform is created, by which tool its marks were made, and in which era it was made. This holistic and in-depth approach to understanding calligraphy, lettering, and type design produces proficient custom type and lettering that is well informed and not "naive".

The School has partnered with  London’s "The Future Lab",  Amsterdam's "The Slow Lab" based at the Pratt in NYC, The National Gallery of Victoria, and been featured in many international publications, such as Monotype's "The Recorder".


The School offers

  • A comprehensive Program in Custom Typeface Design led by leading type designers.
  • Creative workshops and short courses covering principles, tools, history within the field of typography
  • Collaborations with inspiring allies

Old is the New New

The short cut to originality is custom type, and very few Schools offer such comprehensive programs in custom type and lettering design, and even fewer base this learning on craft. A primary aim of Old School New School is to prioritize the endangered connection between making and thinking using what is known as the tacit wisdom of the body instead of head based learning which all starts working by hand.  

The School's Director Veronica Grow is an advocate of continual research and is also a citizen of the global type design community, regularly roaming the globe, participating in conferences and classes worldwide which contextualize OSNS course content ensuring that it is amongst the best on offer. The Slow Typographers educated at OSNS are happily introducing the power of the carefully considered hand crafted letter to a fast based digital world, and helping brands to stand out.