COOPER SQUARE, N.Y., April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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.
"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," said 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.
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.
"TypeLab is the open podium for type and typography," said van Blokland, who will be leading TypeLab's interactive programming. "If you have something to say or something to show, just let us know."
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.
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 http://typographics.com.
About The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, established in 1859, is among the nation's oldest and most distinguished institutions of higher learning. Founded by industrialist, inventor and philanthropist Peter Cooper, Cooper Union houses schools of art, architecture and engineering, as well as a world-class faculty of humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit http://www.cooper.edu.
About the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography:
Herb Lubalin (1918–1981) is best known for his wildly illustrative typography and his groundbreaking work for the magazines Avant Garde, Eros and Fact. Established in 1984, the Study Center is an archive of Herb Lubalin's vast collection and the work of other eminent designers from the 20th century and beyond. Hands-on access to the collection serves students and researchers who have unhampered access to the original groundbreaking work of Herb Lubalin and his contemporaries. The archive is open to the public by appointment and attracts students and researchers from around the world. To make an appointment, visit http://lubalincenter.cooper.edu.
Type@Cooper is a post-graduate certificate program led by top industry professionals in a highly focused and comprehensive study of key typeface design principles: technique, technology, aesthetics, expression, history and theory. In addition to offering public workshops, Type@Cooper also hosts a series of free public lectures in New York City in collaboration with the Herb Lubalin Study Center and in San Francisco with Letterform Archive and the San Francisco Public Library. For more information about the program, please visit http://coopertype.org.
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