Are you one of those hopeless aficionados of vintage signage? When you travel do you take A LOT of photos of signage? (isn't that all of us). Well, maybe it's time you took your collection of vernacular signage and started converting your favorites into a gorgeous custom font of your own? Read on to find out how.
Comprehensive lecture and visual presentation, hand outs and access to the School's library of Type Design books, and specimens.
If you are curious about Professional Type Design, and keen to get started creating your own Custom Display Typeface to use exclusively on your own projects or for special clients, this one-day introduction class is the place to start. Taking the class is a good place to start, as it will certainly demystify the whole type design process helping you to discover that it is logical and straightforward. This is because every typeface consists of a visual system. Typographic systems are sets of visual rules that determine all of the decisions you make when designing a typeface, and enable characters to work together dictating their shape and size. If you follow this system, your typeface will be sound and well made
This class will teach you how to understand and define the visual system of any piece of lettering or signage so that you can find its DNA to use as your starting point to design your own professional display typeface. This is a satisfying and fun process. Once you have drawn your full character set, Type design is essentially a series of tests that eliminate all spacing and DNA inconsistencies, so that no one glyph dominates over the others.
Identifying parent forms enables us to group letters together that bear some resemblance to one another so that we can continue to design a whole character set using similar shared features. It isn’t as simple as it sounds though because when we try to combine the modular shapes of letters in the same way that we design lego, our words will look clunky. Letters need to be shaped in relation to all the other letters, which means that we need to also look at the space between the letters. This is why type design is related to lettering.
OSNS is led by Veronica Grow who has taught Slow Typography using Calligraphic technique in New York at the leading School for Design – Parsons. She has also studied lettering at the Cooper Union in New York with Ken Barber of the famous House Industries. She is often interviewed about Typography by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She is Melbourne’s most experienced teacher of typographic arts and understands how people learn best. She has run Type classes at Old School New School since 2012 started her teaching life as a Design Lecturer at RMIT and is the Program Manager for the School’s Type Design Program.
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