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Calligraphy & Typography



Calligraphy: Historical Hands
This 8 week course will introduce students to three major historical styles of writing: Uncial, Carolingian, and Blackletter. This class will focus on the fundamentals of understanding these letterforms and practicalities for using professional tools. The historical survey of the development of these hands will also be covered through lectures and printed hand-outs. 

Beginning in the late Roman era, books were written in Uncial, which was in common use as a book hand for more than 800 years. During the late 8th century Charlemagne’s reign in the late 7th and early 8th centuries, advancements in scholarship were accompanied by sophistication in bookmaking which lead to the development and widespread use of a legible minuscule hand we now call Carolingian. In the centuries that followed, the Carolingian hand was narrowed and made angular eventually evolving into the Blackletter book hands of the 14 century. Blackletter then famously became the very first European printing types in the hands of Gutenberg and his colleagues, remaining in common use for more than 900 years afterwards.

Beginners are welcome as are more intermediate students who want to expand their repertoire or writing styles. Focus will be on letter anatomy, correct ductus, letter and word spacing while working with broad-edge dip metal pens and ink. The students will also learn to combine various styles for layout and composition. 



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18 - &up Yun 6/4 - 7/23 Tu 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM $770.00 View

Font Production

This course is an elective for the students in the Extended Program. If
there are places available, registration will be made available for
those who qualify. Write to [email protected] to inquire.

Building a font file that works isn’t always as easy as choosing
“Generate Font” from the File menu, in this course students will take
more than just a peek under the hood of how a font works and will learn
to use tools and techniques that can take the edge off of font
production and testing.

Over the course of eight weeks, topics will range from writing and
testing OpenType features, using the RoboFab toolkit to build simple
tools to automate repetitive tasks, getting naming and other font info
tables set up the right way, and clearing up common bugs and error
messages that inevitably come up during font production. The classes
will be taught in the RoboFont editing environment.

Required Materials

A laptop with font editor and type design installed

 

If you are not currently enrolled in the Extended Certificate
Program and interested in joining this workshop, please contact
[email protected] The instructor will have to evaluate your preparedness
to join the class.         

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41 Cooper Square
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18 - &up Clymer 6/12 - 7/31 We 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM $615.00 View

Mechanics of Typography Workshop
Typography is an essential aspect of graphic communication, but the principles involved in doing so elegantly can sometimes seem mystifying. Through demonstrations, discussions and hands-on projects this two-day course will help build a strong grasp of what goes into achieving solid typography. We will explore strategies in making sound typeface selection decisions, mixing typefaces, and dealing with complex hierarchies. We will also tackle fine-tuning long passages of text, and explore various methods of building typographic grids. This is not a basics course, but is rather a more nuanced, deeper exploration of key ideas within typography.

Participants should have a basic understanding of graphic design concepts. Working experience in graphic design, and with InDesign, will be helpful, but is not essential.

A Mac/Windows laptop with a recent version (CS4 or later) of InDesign installed is required. (A free 30-day demo of InDesign can always be downloaded from Adobe.com if necessary).



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18 - &up Tochilovsky 7/27 - 7/28 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $460.00 View

Movable Type: Animation for Typographers
Motion is everywhere these days, and is an increasingly important part of any designer’s toolkit. And yet learning the time-based software and fundamental principles of animation can be intimidating to designers whose experience is primarily in static disciplines.

This 10-week course was created to take the mystery out of motion, and make learning Adobe After Effects as fun as humanly possible. Through a series of in-depth video lessons, in-class lectures, hands-on projects, critiques, and classroom discussions, you will learn techniques and approaches for making static compositions come to life, as well as understand the powerful links between Photoshop and Illustrator with After Effects. As part of the the classwork we will also talk about the complex history of motion design, as well as check out some of the most amazing work by the best contemporary studios and individuals in the field today.

You’ll leave with a generous foundation in a genuinely fun discipline, a greater ability to view and discuss animation, and a new enthusiasm to bring your own design work to life. 

Required Materials
•Laptop with Adobe After Effects, Illustrator, and Photoshop CC 2015 or later
•An mp3/WAV of a favorite pop song (with lyrics)
•Headphones
•A vector-based drawing of a logo (original or existing)


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18 - &up Honig 6/5 - 8/7 We 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM $960.00 View

Principles of Typeface Design

Always wanted to make your own typeface but don’t know where to start? In this ten-week course, takes you through the process step-by-step. You’ll be introduced to the principles of typeface design, sketching methods, the tools, and processes involved in making a working font.

 

Together we'll explore idea generation methods and how to push your creative boundaries to discover new and exciting letterforms. You’ll learn how to sketch type, write a typeface brief, and use a font editor* to professionally draw and space your font.

 

Beginners with a knowledge of Bézier drawing tools are welcome, as are more experienced participants, and those interested in developing their portfolio for application to further type design studies.

 

Required Materials

  • 11" × 17” bleedproof marker paper
  • 4mm broad nib, pointed nib, pen holder and black ink (can be purchased on first night of class)
  • pencil and ruler
  • Sharpie 32001 Twin-Tip black
  • laptop, running Mac OS X 10.9+
  • Adobe InDesign

*A free temporary license for RoboFont will be made available to all participants.



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18 - &up Leinster 6/5 - 8/7 We 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM $960.00 View

Python for Designers
Some of the best visual ideas can come about by setting up some boundaries — a color palette, choice of a typeface or two, some starting idea of line weight, scale and proportion of elements — and running wild within the system.

Working out a visual system with code is a great way to explore new ideas: computers love repetition and can quickly make hundreds of variations on a theme, and mistakes in the code can result in something that often times looks better than what was originally intended.

With no programming experience necessary, workshop participants will learn the basics of the Python programming language while working in the free DrawBot application for the macOS. A quick sketch made with code in DrawBot can be saved as a PDF as a starting point to be finished later in Illustrator, or, with a little bit more work in the code editor, an entire book, magazine or animation can be built without even launching Illustrator or InDesign.

Using the fundamentals of the Python programming language, students will sketch to create vector art with code and use the basic principles of design to turn their sketches into PDF zines and animated gifs.

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- A computer with macOS 10.9 (Mavericks) or newer


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41 Cooper Square
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18 - &up Clymer 7/2 - 7/30 Tu 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM $385.00 View

Restaurant Branding
Douglas Riccardi will give participants an opportunity to explore the world of food and hospitality branding in this intensive workshop. Participants will work on a project of their choice — developing a concept, analyzing competition, devising an identity and palette of brand assets, and applying these to menus and other appropriate collateral materials. Students will also hear best practices and insights gathered through the instructor's many years of work in this field.

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Laptop with drawing software installed, i.e. Adobe Illustrator


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18 - &up Riccardi 7/1 - 7/29 Mo 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM $575.00 View