Scheduled Dates

10/7/2020   06:30 PM  09:30 PM
10/14/2020   06:30 PM  09:30 PM
10/21/2020   06:30 PM  09:30 PM
10/28/2020   06:30 PM  09:30 PM
11/4/2020   06:30 PM  09:30 PM
11/11/2020   06:30 PM  09:30 PM
11/18/2020   06:30 PM  09:30 PM
11/25/2020   06:30 PM  09:30 PM
12/2/2020   06:30 PM  09:30 PM
12/9/2020   06:30 PM  09:30 PM

Principles of Typeface Design: Display Type

Dates: 10/7/2020 to 12/9/2020
Schedule: We 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM

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Located in : ONLINE, Online
Instructor: Juan Villanueva

Regular Student: $1,060.00

Typeface design is hitting the mainstream! Whether you’re a graphic designer or a budding type designer, this class will help you step up your type game, get out of your comfort zone, and even level up before a masters program. 


Through an emphasis on sketching methods and design strategies, you’ll learn to make letterforms and produce fonts that speak for themselves (we are talking about display type, after all). Participants will do research to develop their own design brief, practice rigorously through weekly drawing exercises, and hone their personal discipline and craftsmanship. Your willingness to play and experiment is essential—display type is serious fun!


This class will cover the basics of drawing letterforms by hand and digitally using Bézier curves in order to design coherent systems and develop your own typographic language. We can push the boundaries of legibility to make the wildest typeface of your dreams, or create an elegant and expressive design to fit a personal or branding project. Let’s display your talents.

Additional Information

Materials list
Mac computer (laptop or desktop)
Reliable Internet connection
A free Zoom account
A free Slack account (an invite to a class group will be sent to each participant)
Adobe InDesign to test the fonts
Adobe Illustrator 2019+ to work with variable fonts (highly recommended)
Pilot Parallel Pen, 6.0 mm + refills (black ink)
Pentel Arts Water-Based Color Brush Pens (black ink)
Canson Pro-Layout Marker Paper Pad, 9" × 12" 50-Sheet Pad
Canson Foundation Tracing Paper Pad, 9" × 12" 50-Sheet Pad
Eraser, white-out, scissors, and tape (artist tape or removable tape recommended)
After we’ve learned foundational analog techniques, you’re free to continue with whatever you’recomfortable using for sketching and lettering (including wacom tablets, iPads, etc)
Any kind of sketchbook analog or digital to take notes and jot down ideas
Glyphs App, a free temporary educational license will be issued to each student enrolled
Access to a B&W laser printer is recommended for proofing homework and class exercises

Age Range:  18  -  & UP