Calligraphy & Typography

Calligraphy: Italic & Bâtarde

This 10-week course will introduce students to two historical styles of writing: Italic and Bâtarde. This class will focus on the fundamentals of understanding these letterforms and practicalities for using professional tools. In addition to these two styles of calligraphy, we will also discuss how to incorporate flourishing into compositions and layouts. The historical survey of the development of these calligraphic traditions will also be covered through lectures, demonstrations, and printed hand-outs. 

The Italic hand is an elegant Renaissance style also known as Chancery Cursive and running hand. Developed from Humanist Minuscule, its graceful forms were considered the height of refinement in its day. Having been in vogue since the Italian Humanist reform movement of the 14th century, it still remains among the most useful and beautiful of modern styles.

In contrast, Bâtarde is a lesser-known hand. The word ‘Bâtarde’ refers to its mixed origins of formal Blackletter (Textura) and other various cursive styles. As a style of Gothic cursive that appeared in the second half of the 14th century, it is commonly said to be one of the last calligraphic innovations to occur in the Middle Ages. It's contrasting, bold graphic qualities are eye-catching for the modern scribe.

In the latter half of the course, we will go over the basic rules and principles of designing the flourished line. We will discuss flourished examples of both Italic and Bâtarde, through historical writing manuals and charters. We will examine high-quality compositions, learn how to identify basic elements of well-executed flourishes, dissect what makes good flourishing pleasing to the eye, and combine the elements to improvise our own designs. 

All levels of students are welcome in this course.


Required Materials

Black Higgins Eternal Ink (or similar non-waterproof ink)
Straight Penholder (nib holder)
Three pen nibs: Brause 5mm, 4mm, & 3mm (or similar sized nibs, such as Speedball C-0 & C-1 & C-2)
9” x 12” or bigger layout pad (recommended brands: Borden & Riley #37 Boris Marker Layout pad, or Canson Marker Layout pad, or Bienfang 360.)
Masking tape
Paper towel or soft cotton rag
Pencil & Eraser

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18 - &up Yun 10/1 - 12/10 Tu 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM $800.00 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 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)
•A vector-based drawing of a logo (original or existing)

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18 - &up Honig 10/3 - 12/12 Th 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM $1,060.00 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 10/2 - 12/11 We 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM $1,060.00 View