Typography Courses

Although this history of typography in 5 minutes is charming, most professionals would vote for a ‘longer’ version, while beginners would be anxious to move to the next step and get a place in the favorite fonts top.

That’s why today we’ll share some tips for those looking for typeface design courses or typography classes, workshops or even proper design schools. This is for both advanced and beginners, so stick with us.

Short Courses

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For those in a hurry who prefer short workshops with famous designers, this one is perfect. World-renowned typographer, designer and letterpress practitioner Alan Kitching will teach a hands-on two day course exploring the fundamentals and details of typography using letterpress equipment. This should give participants an exceptional understanding of typesetting and the art of letterpress printing. Next workshops? 31 May – 1 June, 7 – 8 June and 28 – 29 June 2013.

This particular summer course is a… computer free zone. Designed to help everyone, from the newcomer to the professional to find confidence in their own typographic voice, this course organized by Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design begins by exploring basic elements and the principles for their effective and creative use. Key areas covered include; choosing typefaces and how to get the best from all those on offer; identifying the assorted typographic voices which surround us everyday; strategies for working with different kinds of texts, from looking at content analysis to finding inspiration in the richness of language itself, and much more. There will also be a session using letterpress facilities. Ideas presented are explored visually through projects embracing both type as information and type as art. You can also check their slightly longer (8 weeks) but convenient online course: Introduction to Typography.

Postgraduate Study

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This MA in Contemporary Typographic Media is about “visible words” and it explores the relationships between visual communication and language. This nationally and internationally unique programme is built upon London College of Communication’s respected heritage in the field of typographic design. The course prides itself on the fact that encourages participants to focus on their own interests, developing practical and critical skills to provide a robust foundation for a career as a creative visual communicator. The MA has its own blog where you can find out more details. It can be a good start for a designer with a special interest in typography.

In UK, Reading University has a much talked about MA in Typeface Design. Although an MA requires time and most likely money, you can still try their Adobe FDK Workshop that is kept regularly at Reading Uni. The goal of the Adobe Font Development Kit for OpenType is to offer tools created and developed by the team in charge of typography at Adobe. For details check the page of this year’s workshop held a few weeks ago in France. The purpose? To provide a professional high-level training.

We’ll come back next week with more tips. If you want to share your favorite course, let us know!