TypeLab, Tours and More Offer Creative Interactive Learning Opportunities at Typographics Festival

by Fred Showker


Attendees to this year’s Typographics festival will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of learning programs that inspire innovative and creative thinking about typographic design. The festival at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers a variety of workshops, type-centric tours, a book fair and the collaborative and interactive TypeLab.

Cara Di Edwardo, Type@Cooper program co-founder, coordinator, and adjunct professor of art in The Cooper Union School of Art and one of Typographics’ producers said

Quoting  begins The workshops, tours and related events that comprise the ‘type festival’ are meant to give participants an extended opportunity to share ideas, expand their design thinking, grow skills and, of course, socialize with colleagues in these fields, Quoting  ends

Workshops will cover topics as varied as Python programming and making emojis to more traditional techniques such as hand lettering and sign painting. Tours include special curators’ talks at The Cooper Hewitt and the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography and walking tours showcasing design history through sign and architectural lettering. Visits to local prominent design studios give an insider’s view of how the typographic arts are practiced. An ongoing book fair featuring typography and graphic design books as well as vintage type ephemera will be held concurrently.

A highlight of Typographics’ related programming is TypeLab, a hackathon for typographers, typeface designers and graphic designers. Originally conceived in 1993 by Petr van Blokland and David Berlow, TypeLab offers an informal technology-focused opportunity for conference attendees to experiment and build new tools for use in their design work.

van Blokland, who will be leading TypeLab’s interactive programming said

Quoting  begins TypeLab is the open podium for type and typography ... If you have something to say or something to show, just let us know. Quoting  ends

TypeLab will run on Wednesday, June 15, Thursday, June 16, Sunday, June 19, Monday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Free day passes will be issued online and at the door. TypeLab is by nature a spontaneous series of events. Some will be scheduled ahead of time, some on the fly and everything is subject to change.

04_the_cooper_union Typographics is organized by Type@Cooper and the Lubalin Study Center. For more information and to register for the conference and related programming, please visit

GO typographics.com
GO The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
GO Type@Cooper ~ coopertype.org
GO Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography

Thank you, Kim Newman, Media Relations Manager for The Cooper Union for alerting DT&G readers to this wonderful opportunity!

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