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Old School New School for Design and Typography is a nonprofit practice-led experimental letter-craft laboratory and communication design studio that exists  to inspire and educate rebels and dreamers, doers and makers who are seeking a unique education and collaboration in the typographic arts. The desire to craft solutions that make a positive impact on society and culture drives our work and we achieve this by working  away from the prison of the computer screen that we believe to be a cage for ideas and possibilities. Student projects to date include letter-craft, publications and meaningful typographic site activations.  Designers, artists, and innovators we have partnered with to date are London’s "The Future Lab",  Amersterdam's "The Slow Lab" based at the Pratt in NYC, The National Gallery of Victoria, "Desktop Magazine", and Melbourne's "Ask Alice Stationery".


Don't just let us talk about it, check out some work by students and founder Veronica Grow here at our Lettering Archive.

Currently our school offers:

  • a Program in Typograhy Design, featuring both laboratory and fieldwork learning projects.
  • Creative workshops in typography and hand-lettering
  • Short courses in typography and hand lettering
  • Collaborations with inspiring allies

Background

Our school’s founder Veronica Grow left the safety net of teaching within a bureaucratic institution, and  in 2012 founded OSNS.  It was the realisation of Veronica's dream to provide a personal and authentic learning space at OSNS where she could build the confidence and encourage the individual potential of aspiring designers and typographers.

The years spent working within the education system and design industry clarified to her that tertiary qualifications had ceased to make sense - being too expensive to gain and no longer guaranteeing a ticket to employment or personal satisfaction. 

While mainstream universities were closing down their craft and drawing programs, Veronica wanted to rebuild these disciplines on her own terms. Using drawing and sign-painting she wished to step learners away from the prison of the computer with a craft-based approach to learning typography using the head, heart and hands.

A primary aim of the school is to prioritise the endangered connection between making and thinking using tacit or embodied knowledge that main stream education dismisses over abstract screen based knowledge.  Through project work, debate and international collaboration this way of "knowing" gained by our students reconnects them on a human level and builds social capital for stronger, more resilient communities and emotionally robust individuals.

The School champions its best students by setting up creative partnerships  via its ever burgeoning professional network, and showcasing strong project outcomes via a loyal social media following of quality thinkers and doers.