Lettering Intensive: The Modern Letter


From the elegance of copperplate engraving to the punch of robust Fat
Face fonts, the Modern letter continues to be extremely useful in
contemporary advertising and design. Its vertical stress, uniform
proportions, and simple serif structure make the style particularly easy
to modify and thus remarkably adaptable to all sorts of visual
communication. In this workshop, students will learn how to customize
hand-drawn Modern letterforms and exploit their inherent versatility for
different uses.

Beginning with an introduction to the genre’s distinct characteristics,
participants will gain a foundational understanding of how these
qualities can be manipulated to produce an extensive array of results.
Skill-building exercises will focus on the development of both precision
and expression in creating unique wordmarks for a variety of
applications. Slide presentations will illustrate the numerous
varieties, descendants, and by-products of the Modern genre while
drawing demonstrations will aid students as they bring logos and
lettering from the conceptual stage to completion.

    Required Materials

  • No. 2 pencils (conventional or mechanical)
  • pencil sharpener (if applicable)
  • erasers (conventional and kneaded)
  • pad of tracing paper (9″×12″ pad is recommended)
  • pad of quadrille 4×4 grid/graph paper (9″×12″ pad, 4 squares per inch is recommended)
  • 12 inch ruler
  • Sharpie® Fine and Extra Fine markers
  • white-out correction fluid pen
  • adhesive tape (for posting sketches)

Please note that this course will focus on drawing techniques
intended to reinforce ideas foundational to the Modern letter. Although
workshop participants will not be using vector drawing software, a brief
presentation covering the basics of digitization will be given.

This class is an elective for the [email protected] Extended Program students and available for open enrollment if space permits.

Registration for this class will open on September 8 for the public if there are places available. Please join the mailing list for updates and reminders about classes, workshops, and free lectures.

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