Lessons in Type is a series of posts covering my time spent at Cooper Union’s Type@Cooper program. You can learn more about CooperType here. Here’s the first post in this series. Here’s the second post in this series. Here’s the third post in this series. Here’s the fourth post in this series. Here’s the fifth post in this series. Here’s the sixth post in this series.
In this post, I’m going to talk about the last week or so of the program.
The last 8 days, I got a total of 26 hours of sleep. It was rough. It was intense. It was awesome!
I’m going to gloss over the saga with my software and the impact it had on me in the final week because it was just really horrible. So, don’t ask.
The last week we had to finish our typefaces, write up a process book (explaining what we did, why we did it and how we did it, with photos), prepare a short presentation and design our specimen sheets.
Stephane helped me export what remained of my typeface so I could prepare my final pieces. After it was in my hands in an .otf file (otf = OpenType), I installed it into my font library and fired up InDesign. In InDesign, we used a template Jean Francois gave us that was about 6 pages long or so. We described our entire process and experience over the Condensed course in detail. Each person had a different process and different perspective…and most importantly, a different typeface. I still have not read anyone else’s process books, but I would love too. The program was so busy and intense that it was not possible to really truly be tuned in to someone else’s progress because all of your time had to be devoted to your own work.
My approach on little sleep and frayed nerves was to keep it all as simple as possible in that last week. So for my process book, specimen sheet and presentation, I went with a simple style made of red and white. This really saved me a lot of time and allowed my finished pieces to look cohesive. I also firmly believe that you just can’t beat something simple.
Here’s what my process book looked like:
I have not read this thing since I graduated in July. When I’m ready to release this font on the market, I’ll definitely be updating this document.
And here’s what my presentation looked like:
My goal was to have the reddest presentation and the shortest. I was successful.
And finally, I’m going to show you my specimen sheets. I had these printed around the corner from Cooper Union, rounded the corners myself and handed them out with pride. I was done!
Here’s another picture I made Kevin take of me. That’s me, next to my desk, holding my specimen sheet. I made sure my blazer matched my presentation so I could really up the ante on red.
Here’s Jean Francois’ final post on the Cooper Program: http://porchez.com/ateliertypo/701/coopertype-2012-final
Print Magazine covered us: http://imprint.printmag.com/typography/the-handwriting-is-on-the-wall/
Hannes Famira, one of the primary instructors for the other group, gets three gold stars for writing one comprehensive post on the entire program here: http://www.kombinat-typefounders.com/store/news/article/cooperType_condensed_2012
I Love Typography featured an article written by two of my classmates on the program: http://ilovetypography.com/2012/08/24/condensed-typeface-design-program//