Seems hard to believe, but this year’s class of summer residency TypeLab students has already reached the halfway point of its typographic adventure in New York City. Hailing from Denmark, Sweden, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Brooklyn, the group draws upon an eclectic set of influences and design references, including 1940’s Norwegian newspaper headline type, the writing of J.R.R.Tolkien, 19th century handpainted display typefaces, and beloved children’s book character Miffy, a highly symmetrical bunny.
Week one featured a lecture by Steven Heller, design legend and co-chair of SVA’s Designer as Author MFA program. The class experimented with hand-drawing preliminary versions of their typefaces with instructor Yomar Augusto, and ended the week with a hands-on letterpress workshop at the Center for Book Arts.
The second week began the process of moving the preliminary alphabets into the digital realm, drawing letterforms with font editing programs. Under the watchful eye of James Montalbano, the class grappled with structure, logical design relationships among letters, and those all-important sidebearings.