September 17, 2012
Mark De Winne drew letters in New York. He designed “Arrow”, an original font family for an assignment over a summer programme at the Cooper Union college.
“It was intense,” said De Winne, 28. “We put in 12 hours of work each day.”
The programme was presented jointly by Cooper Union’s Continuing Education Department and the Type Directors Club. Participants were guided through an integrated foundation course in traditional lettering techniques and styles; exploring history and the underlying structures; and the practical applications of letterforms from the ancient to the contemporary, taught by veteran type designer Sumner Stone.
The tools and principles of digital typeface design were taught through an independent typeface design and research project supervised by four type designers: Jean-François Porchez (Typofonderie, Ze Craft), Stéphane Elbaz, Just van Rossum (LettError) and Hannes Famira (Kombinat-Typefounders). The “Arrow” font, with a set of dingbats for added fillip, was De Winne’s submission for the project.
The programme rounded off with lectures and critiques from visiting typographers and educators, as well as field trips to notable typographic institutions in New York City.
“It was wonderful to be among people with the same passion. Imagine a roomful of typography geeks!” said De Winne, in mock horror. “But far more important, I met my type design heroes Porchez, Elbaz and Henrik Kubel, as well as established a network of mentors and potential collaborators such as Ze Craft, A2 Type and the Stone Type Foundry.”
De Winne completed the five-week long summer course acquiring specialised skills in creating industry-standard digital typefaces and lettering; and a certificate of successful completion of the programme.
About Mark De Winne
Mark De Winne secured a Capability Development Programme (CDP) (link) grant to participate in the typeface design summer intensive programme at the Cooper Union, New York.
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