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Studying type design

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Academy of Fine Arts Ljubljana

One can study typography in the Department of Design here. AT TDC47 in 2001, a group of five students (Jure Engelsberger, Martina Gobec, Tomato Kosir, Ziva Moskric and Mina Zabnikar) received a Certificate of Typographic Excellence. [Google] [More]  ⦿


The Atelier national de recherche typographique (ANRT) in Nancy is headed by Peter Keller (b. 1944, Basle, Switzerland). It is part of the École nationale supérieure d'art, BP 3129, 1, avenue Boffrand, 54013 Nancy Cedex, France. Tél : 03 83 41 62 82. Fax : 03 83 41 51 93. Peter Keller asked me to insert this blurb: " In 1985, the French ministry of Culture launched the National Institute for Typographic Research (ANRT), for the promotion of typography and type design. The educational approach of the Institute invites students to project themselves towards the future, to keep an open eye on the demands of the creative and industrial world. Experimental research should therefore be closely linked to the constraints of economic reality, while integrating th= e constantly changing cultural and technical factors. The program offers students the possibility of completing research in the area of their choice. Close ties and frequent contacts with respected designers and specialists in the field underline the openness of the Institute and its close links with the professional world. To apply : Candidates (graduate students from visual art schools, designers, artists=8A) who wish to be considered for the 2001/2002 term should send their application to the Administrator before 30 April 2001. After the initial selection procedure, retained candidates are requested to present their portfolio during an interview with the selection committee at the end of May 2001. The successful candidates will be notified by post.The term commences in October 2001 and ends in June the following year. Each year, the Institute offers a one year grant to students or professionals who wish to pursue research in these areas." [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arlyn Eve Simon
[School of Art, Ohio University, Athens]

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Athens School of Fine Arts

From Natasha Raissaki's web page: The Athens School of Fine Arts has reopened its historic printing workshop. The workshop was initially founded by Yiannis Kefallinos the engraver, teacher and founder of the engraving course at the Athens School of Fine Arts in 1939, but after his death in 1959 the course and its premises had ceased to operate. In 2004, the printing workshop was refurbished and all its typographic equipment (metal types, typecases, presses etc.) were restored through the copious efforts of Professor Leoni Vidali and her team. This academic year [2005-2006] is open to students as a two-year lab course, during which they will be taught hand type setting and page layout which they will complete with traditional or digital methods. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Basel School of Design (or: SfG, Schule für Gestaltung)

The Basel School of Design (Basel, Switzerland) offers an English-language program called Basics in Design, which spans one or two semesters of study. It includes a letterform design course by Lisa Pomeroy, and Wolfgang Weingart's workshop Basics in Typography, and Layout. German page. Alternate link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

British Higher School of Art and Design, Moscow

18-month program in Russian type design, also called Type and Typography. Teachers: Vladimir Yefimov (type history), Tagir Safayev (personal experience), Vladimir Krichevsky (type&typography), Alexander Tarbeev (type technologies), Eugeny Dobrovinsky (calligraphy&typography), Yury Gordon (personal experience), Valery Golyzhenkov (modern typography), Vera Evstaf'eva (calligraphy), Ilya Ruderman (modern typography; coordinator of the program), Denis Serikov (FontLab course), Alexey Shevzov (type copyrighting, type as a business), Yury Yarmola (FontLab, future type technologies), Andy Clymer (modern production technologies). The class of 2010 got together and made a free font, Amperisk [PDF file], which is a composite of 11 fonts made by them during their studies. [Google] [More]  ⦿

CAFA (or: China Central Academy of Fine Arts)

Design school in Beijing where one can study type design. It is the main type design school in China today. Its staff contains several foreigners. The elder teacher is Min Wang. Other lecturers include Xueqin Hu, Jiang Hua, Zhao Liu, Qin Du and Christoph Stahl. [Google] [More]  ⦿

California Institute of the Arts

Located in Valencia, CA, this institute offers courses in typography. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Centro de Estudios Gestalt

Located in Veracruz, Mexico, this design school offers a typographic program at the Masters level. Teachers include Francisco Calles, Gabriel Martínez Meave, Diego Mier and Alejandro LoCelso. People say that this is now the place to be in Mexico for type design studies. Contacts for those interested: Carmina Crespo Hernández and Francisco Calles Trejo. Old URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Centro Universitário Senac

A Brazilian university with several campuses. One can get a baccalaureate degree in design and visual communication at the campus near Sao Paulo. There are some type design courses, taught by Priscila Farias and Nikolas Lorencini. [Google] [More]  ⦿

City College Manchester, Manchester School of Printing

The Manchester School of Printing, part of City College Manchester, is based at the Wythenshawe Centre. [Google] [More]  ⦿

City College of San Francisco

Some type courses are offered here: GRPH 151 Lettering and Type and GRPH 152 Digital Font Creation. Both taught by Amy Conger. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Corso di alta formazione in Type Design

Andrea Braccaloni, James Clough, Piero De Macchi, Giangiorgio Fuga and Luciano Perondi, together the "who is who" in type design in Italy today, offer a high level type design course from September 15 until October 10, 2008, at Poli.design, Consorzio del Politecnico di Milano. A similar course was organized there in 2007 as well. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Coventry School of Art and Design

School offers a few courses on typography, but typography is not their main thing. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Crafting Type

Crafting Type are introductory type design workshops held around the world. Each workshop is taught by professional type designers. The initial team includes Dave Crossland, Alexei Vanyashin, Eben Sorkin and Octavio Pardo. They were joined later by Thomas Phinney, Vernon Adams and Aiofe Mooney. Schedule of workshops:

  • February 2-4, 2013: MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA.
  • March 8-10, 2013: Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR.
  • June 29-30, 2013: Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
  • July 17-19, 2013: Lasalle College, Singapore.
  • Oct 5-7, 2013: Dublin, Ireland.
  • November 15-17, 2013: Chicago, IL.
  • January 10-12, 2014: FontShop, San Francisco, CA.
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Cranbrook Academy of Art

Graphic design school located in Bloomfield Hills, MI. It does not have a type design department. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Departamento de Estudios Tipográficos

Located at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, this school offers a Diploma en tipografía. Its professors include type designers and typographers such as Rodrigo Ramírez, Luis Antonio Rojas, Francisco Gálvez, and José Soto. Other link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL)

A brief description of the school can be found in the article écal-typografie restart (Comedia, edition 04-5/6, 2004). It was headed by Pierre Keller. The Masters program is headed by Philippe Egger. Teachers include type designers such as Ian Party (who runs Swiss Typefaces with Emmanuel Rey), Ludovic Balland and François Rappo. Courses are also taught by Frederik Berlaen and Kai Bernau, among others. The visiting staff has included people such as Paul Barnes, David Bennewith, Peter Bilak and Gilles Gavillet. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ecole Municipale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Ville de Paris

School in Paris, commonly called EMSAT, founded in 1983. Its students included Jean-François Porchez. The school is now EPSAA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ecole supérieure Estienne

The ACT (Atelier de Création Typographique) at the Ecole superieure Estienne (18 boulevard Auguste-Blanqui, 75013 Paris) was created in 1991 by Franck Jalleau and Michel Derre. Tél : 01 43 36 96 19. Fax : 01 47 07 20 58. Current typography professors: Franck Jalleau, Michel Derre, Margaret Gray, Jean-Louis Estève. Link to DSAA Design Typographique. [Google] [More]  ⦿

EINA, Escola de Disseny i Art

School in Barcelona that started a postgraduate type design program in 2003. Teachers include Laura Meseguer, José Manuel Urós (Type-o-Tones), and Iñigo Jerez. The Master's in Advanced Typography is coordinated by Enric Jardí. Other teachers not mentioned above include Allan Daastrup, Josep Babiloni, Arcàngela Regis, Eduardo Manso, Joan Carles Casasín, Josep Maria Pujol (d. 2012), Oriol Miró, Keith Adams, Ricardo Feriche, Patricia Ballesté, Flor Helguera, Teresa Domingo, Raquel Pelta, Enric Jardí, Jaume Serra, Fernando Gutiérrez and Luis Mendo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elisava Design School

Barcelona-based design school. In 2018, they introduced a new Masters program in type design and typography called Master in Typograhic Creation. Its founding co-directors are Iñigo Jerez Quintana and Laura Meseguer. Initial faculty also include Joancarles Casasin, Ivan Castro, Jose Maria Ribagorda, Jesus Morentin, Oriol Miro, Bogidor Macarenas, Herminio Javier Hernandez, Marta Cerda, Noe Blanco, Borja Martinez, and Bruno Selles. The inaugural cost is 9400 Euros per annum. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Encuadre de Instituciones de Enseñanza Superior de Diseño Gráfico y Diseño de la Comunicación Gráfica, A. C.

Listing of Mexican institutions in the design field, but not necessarily offering type design or typography courses. [Google] [More]  ⦿


This is a gallery and a discussion of the fonts created by the students at ENSAD since 1997. A partial list with the original (now defunct) links:

  • Bitmap (2003): a pixel typeface by Isabelle Guizard, Vladimir Mavounia Kouka, Grégoire Pierre, Gaëlle Richard.
  • Caffeine (2003): an experimental typeface by Benjamin Raimbault, Eric Bricka, Stéphane Elbaz.
  • Zinzolin (2003), a stencil typeface by Brieuc Dupont, Zai Jia Huang, William Hessel, and Cyrille de Jenken.
  • Cooker Black (2004): a take on Cooper Black, by Isabelle Guizard, Adrien Portehaut, Grégoire Pierre, Zai Jia Huang, Brieuc Dupont, Odile Delaporte, Boris Petrovitch-Njegosh, Vladimir Mavounia Kouka, William Hessel, Eric Bricka, Stéphane Elbaz, Gaëlle Richard
  • Bertrand (2003): A typeface by Grégory Bantzé, Étienne Chaillou, Vincent Défossé, Anne Denastas, Marielle Durand, Alicia Garcia Garcia, Anja Linke and Gabriel Pistre, based on work at the Fonderie bertrand in the late 19th century.
  • Rosart (2002): A font by Aiko Oshima, Vincent Ciccone, Franck Kauffman and Delphine Cordier, based on lettering by the famous 18-th century Belgian typographer.
  • Scripte (2002): By Sarah Fouquet, based on her own handwriting.
  • Cargoth (2001): By Amélie Boutry.
  • Jannet (2001): By Sandrine Auvray, Julia Cochonet, Sarah Fouquet, Boris Igelman, Jérôme Vogel, Yu Sou Yeon, based on Jannet's garalde revivals, ca. 1860.
  • Recréation (2000): A Garamond typeface recreated by Amélié Boutry, Germain Caminade, Laurence Cordellier, Boroka Gergely, Paule Palacios Dalens, Gilles Vacheret.
  • Poinçons (1999): Based on a Fournier font, implemented at ENSAD by Caroline Laguerre, Virginie Aiguillon, Maureen Valfort, Johanne Blain, Pierre Schnebelen, Cédric Murac, Alexandre Le Saulnier de Saint Jouan, Laurent Mészaros, Thibault Laurent.
  • Métis (1998): By Anne-Mari Ahonen, Dorothé Billard, Yolanda Gil, Maria Körkel, Isabelle Maugin, Juliette Poirot, Jennifer Ward.
This is a successor of the Collectif ENSAD, which was energized by Jennifer Ward, Maria Körkel, Dorothée Billard, Isabelle Maugin, Anne-Mari Ahonen, Natalia Suarez, Yolanda Gil and Juliette Poirot. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Roger Hersch]

Study typography, raster imaging, font recognition and related matters under the supervision of Roger Hersch at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland). [Google] [More]  ⦿

ERACOM Lausanne

ERACOM is the Ecole romande d'art et communication de Lausanne. The program has one course on typography and one half course on type design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eric Kindel

Eric Kindel is a designer, writer and Lecturer in the Department of Typography&Graphic Communication at The University of Reading. He lives in London. Eric Kindel's project at Central Saint Martins College of Art&Design (London) includes an on-line survey of typeforms.

At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about stencil letters ca. 1700. This talk was followed by a talk on the same topic at ATypI 2006 in Lisbon (with Fred Smeijers). His research (jointly with Fred Smeijers, James Mosley and Andrew Gillmore) involves stencil making, ca. 1700 according to an apparatus escribed in a late seventeenth-century text compiled by Gilles Filleau des Billettes for the French Royal Academy of Sciences. He also researches the Parisian stencil maker Gabriel Bery, from whom Benjamin Franklin purchased a large set of letter stencils and decorative borders in 1781. The stencil set survives in the collections of the American Philosophical Society (APS) in Philadelphia, and was first examined in 2001 as part of the project described above. Editor of Typeform dialogues: a comparative survey of typeform history and description, compiled at Central Saint Martins College of Art&Design (Hyphen Press, 2004), which has articles by himself and Catherine Dixon (who writes on type classification). He describes his research on stencil letters at Reading as follows: The period under consideration begins in the sixteenth century and ends in the present day. The intention is to recover, if possible, a relatively continuous history of stencil letters and stencilling (in the Americas and Europe) by drawing together artefacts and practices that are in many cases now largely forgotten. In addition to forming a broad view of how stencil letters have been designed, made and used over the past five centuries, specific practices will also be examined through an on-going series of articles and papers. The first, Marked by time, was published in issue 40 of Eye magazine: it offered two contrasting instances of stencil letter-making in Germany and the United States in the mid-twentieth century. Another, Stencil work in America, 1850-1900, was published in Baseline 38 and unearths innovations in the manufacture and use of stencils in America in the second half of the nineteenth century, and the stories of some of their makers. The article also draws on the writings of Mark Twain for whom stencils served as a literary device on several occasions. And a third, longer, article Recollecting stencil letters has been published in Typography papers 5. It discusses the many forms stencil letters take, and how their form is influenced by a number of factors. The article is based on the study of period writings and MSS., patent specifications, collected artefacts and other primary documents and materials. See also Patents progress: the Adjustable Stencil (Journal of the Printing Historical Society, no. 9, 2006). In Typography papers 7, he wrote about another stencil method in a paper entitled The Plaque Découpée Universelle: a geometric sanserif in 1870s Paris (2010).

Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik on the topic of stencils. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Futura Black, circa 1860. Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw on The stencilled poster in Paris in the 19th century. Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp on the geness of the French stencil style.

In 2013, Christopher Burke, Eric Kindel and Sue Walker co-edited the wonderfully informative book Isotype Design and Contexts 1925-1971 (Hyphen Press), which includes a full discussion of Otto Neurath's work. [Google] [More]  ⦿


At the ESAC in Pau, France, one can take type design courses. Teachers include Patrice Chaminade. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ESAD Amiens (Ecole supérieure d'art et de design Amiens)

AT ESAD Amiens, halfway between Belgium and Paris, one can study type design. The program Typographie et langage was established in 2008. This 16-month international course is taught by Jean-Baptiste Levée, Alice Savoie, Patrick Doan, Dominique Boutet, Sébastien Morlighem, and Titus Nemeth. The work of its graduates is impressive, to the point that ESAD Amiens may be one of the best, if not the best, place in France to study type design (in 2015). The early crew at ESAD included Catherine de Smet, Patrick Doan, Thomas Huot-Marchand, Sébastien Morlighem, David Poullard, and Titus Nemeth. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ESAD Amiens: List of graduates

The excellent postgraduate type design school in Amiens, France, produced these graduates:

  • 2019-2021: Max Esnée, Ori Ben-Dor, Emma Marichal, Kyeongsik Kim, Léo Gaullier, Salomi Desai.
  • 2018-2020: Élodie Tourbier, Sirin Gunkloy, Samar Zureik, Léo Guibert.
  • 2017-2019: Pierre-Henri Terrade, Ying Tong Tan, Florian Fecher.
  • 2016-2018: Fátima Lázaro, Louis Nebinger, Emilios Theofanous.
  • 2015-2017: Charles Decoray, Martin Violette, Pauline Fourest.
  • 2014-2016: Isaline Rivery, Hugues Gentile, Dorine Sauzet, Martin Pasquier, Quentin Schmerber.
  • 2013-2015: Camille Aznar, Sophie Caron, Marine Stephan, Tassiana Nuñez Costa.
  • 2012-2014: Thierry Fétiveau, Roxane Gataud, Laurène Girbal, Michel Sabbagh.
  • 2011-2013: Elisa Manente, Sandrine Nugue, Thomas Bouville, Christina Somorjai.
  • 2010-2012: Sonia Da Rocha, Sarah Kremer, Dam Ca Pham, Ling Fan, Chorong Kim.
  • 2009-2011: Alisa Nowak, Damien Collot.
  • 2008-2009: Titus Nemeth.
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ESAD: L'École supérieure des arts décoratifs de Strasbourg.

Great arts school in Strasbourg, where one can study, among other things, type design, type history, engraving, and typesetting. One of its teachers is Pierre Roesch. Pictures taken during my visit there in 2005. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ESAL: Ecole Supérieure d'Art de Lorraine

ESAL is the Ecole Supérieure d'Art de Lorraine in Metz. One can study type design there. The active group has established a site with some free fonts made by the students. The free typefaces posted in 2013 include Artemis (by Diane Rohn, 2012), Boom (by Cécile Etienne, 2012), Crypt (by Aude Schmittheisler, 2012: a squarish stencil face), Effilé (2012, by Valentin Mirouf), Escape (2012, by Estelle Bizet: a straight-edged typeface), Geomhotic (2012, by Isaline Rivery), Jyk (2012, by Jung Yoon Kim: straight-edged), Kazan (2012, a prismatic typeface by Eric Chapuis), Misenpli (2012, by Céline Kriebs: origami typeface), Morse (2012, a Morse-based typeface by Romuals Kabala), ODR (2012, a modular typeface by Audrey Pereira).

The text family Messine (2012) was created as a cooperative project in workshops at ESAL led by Alejandro Lo Celso and Jérôme Knebusch. Contributors were Céline Kriebs, Romain Gamba, Bernard Gissinger, Aude Schmittheisler, Gaía Fyot, Eric Chapuis, Francis Ramel, Audrey Perreira, Fanny Woimant and Isaline Rivery. Image of Messine Titrage. Image of Messine Quotidienne. Facebook page. Their seminar series is called Let's Type. [Google] [More]  ⦿


ESAV is the Ecole Superieure des Arts Visuels de Marrakech (Morocco). It has an active typography and type design department that includes teachers (as of 2018) such as Salah Belizzi, Margaret Gray, Zouheir Nsiri, Christophe Badani, Franck Jalleau, Brahim Boucheilkha, and Gia Tran. Instruction is in French. Wikipedia. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Olcar Alcaide]

Institute in Benalmadena, Spain (was: Santa Severa), where one can take 4-week courses at 1450 Euros a shot on the Etruscan alphabet, Trajan, Cuadrata and Rustic Roman Capital letters, and related subjects. They also organize lettering tours in Italy and guided tours in various musea. The teachers are Alberto Di Santo (Professor of the visual communication, Tor Vergata University, Rome; Professor of Graphic Design, Istituto Europeo di design, Rome; Professor of editorial design, La Sapienza University, Rome; Professor of Typography, C.F.P. Sinalunga, Siena) and Olcar Alcaide (b. 1952, Argentina, Professor of Graphic and Typography Design, University of Buenos Aires; Professor of Typography, University of Lanús, and Professor of Graphic Design, Marbella Design School, Spain). Type link jump page.

Eurotypo is also the foundry of Olcar Alcaide.

Catalog of Olcar Alcaide's typefaces.

In 2010, he published the text family Antium and the warm signage typefaces Mijas Ultra and Lila Pro Heavy.

Typefaces from 2011 include Lila pro, Atenea (a humanist sans family), Agerola Script (a fat flowing signage face), Teja (signage face), Zalea (yet another signage face), and Nabu Pro (a connected signage script). Equalis (2011M, with Juan Lavalle) is a monoline slab typeface with a huge x-height and wide open counters. It was followed by Equalis Stencil (2011). Ravel (2011) is a fat signage script face. Atenea Egyptian (2011) is a solid slab serif family. Berta (2011) is a signage brush typeface with connected and unconnected versions. Optic Art (2011) is an ornamental typeface with building blocks that can be used for overlays. Creator of Eurotypo Bodoni Bold (2011).

Typefaces from 2012: Cubus (dingbats), Saxo Deco (art deco), Moliere (2012, an elegant didone family with outspoken ball terminals), Melon Script (a fat curvy signage script family), Riky (comic book family), Chipa (a signage and package design script), Heket (an expressive curly script), Lenga (a slab serif typeface family), Mikal (brush script). Duktus is a 1940s style script in the style of Donatello (1935, Wagner & Schmidt), Troubadour (1927, Wagner & Schmidt), Liberty Script (1927, Willard T. Sniffin), Trafton Script (1933, Howard Allen Trafton), and Coronet (1937, R.H. Middleton).


Typefaces from 2013: Dignus (influenced by Bank Gothic and Eurostile), Bague (old Dutch style with little contrast, in the style of Jan Van Krimpen), Lugo (a heavy signage or advertising script), Brittes (copperplate script), Talis (contrast-rich sans family), Fiesole (display family with an awkward back-curled lower case d), C Duflos (after a bâtarde coulée by Claude Duflos, a French engraver who was acitve around 1690).

Typefaces from 2014: Talks (creamy signage script), Fiume (calligraphic script), Predy, Daevon (copperplate script), Beily (letterpress style), Ritts (a heavy script-like display family), Ritts Cursive (in the style of the brush signage scripts descending from Robert E. Smith's Brush Script for ATF in 1942).

Typefaces from 2015: Valentia (a semi-copperplate calligraphic script followed by Valentia Condensed in 2016), Stabia, Digatte Quill (connected script), Digatte (connected monoline cursive script).

Typefaces from 2016: Duero (signage script), Turia (calligraphic script), RRollie (a lapidary typeface based on the roman inscriptions), Valentia Nit (a copperplate typeface enriched with swashes and extensions).

Typefaces from 2017: Citix (a great calligraphic / penmanship script), Citix Two Condensed, Alfabetica (humanist sans), Merick.

Typefaces from 2018: Fortezza (a stiifened didone), Portoluce, Hotdogger (a cursive brush font family), Hotdogger Extras (dingbats), Favarotta, Vikive (a grotesque family), Aretino (a renaissance text typeface), Mirabella, Lectio.

Typefaces from 2019: Palio (a condensed tall didone), Fractus (blackletter), Blackduck (blackletter), Sgraffio (copperplate script).

Typefaces from 2020: Eolia A (a 12-style low contrast grotesque typeface), Breda (a 12-style geometric sans), Breda Two (six additional condensed styles), Marcus Traianus (in the Trajan style, with lowercase included as well), Eurotypo Sans, Eurotypo SII, Eurotypo BKL (a Baskerville-inspired family), Cannoli (a retro brush lettered signage script).

Typefaces from 2021: Zornale (a 7-style text family inpsired by the Zornale, an original manuscript that contains a daily record of the books acquired by the Venetian bookseller Francesco de Madiis, between 1481 and 1488), Alacant (a 14-style slab serif with elliptical shoulders), Tre Giorni (a carefully designed script in solid and outline styles), Due Giorni (a rhythmic calligraphic script), Sagasti (a text typeface with straight serifs), Calcis (a 10-style sans), Rufolo (an 8-style lapidary typeface influenced by Robert Hunter Middleton's Stellar (1929), William A. Dwiggins' Albertus (1932) and Hermann Zapf's Optima (1952)).

Typefaces from 2022: Zornale Title.

Creative Market link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Exeter College

Part of the University of Plymouth, UK. One of only two schools in the UK that offer exclusively typographic degrees. The University of Reading is the other one. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fachhochschule Darmstadt

At the Fachbereich Gestaltung (Design), Module Kommunikationsdesign, of Fachhochschule Darmstadt, one can take type design courses from people like Dan Reynolds. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fachhochschule Hannover

At the Fachhochschule Hannover, Andreas Maxbauer (a German type specialist, b. 1949) is docent of Corporate Design and Typography. Click on Produkte. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fachhochschule Potsdam

At the Fachbereich Design, Module Kommunikationsdesign, of Fachhochschule Potsdam near Berlin, Lucas de Groot teaches type design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fontark: Online type design course

From September 1-30, 2015, Russell McGorman and ofir Shavit offer an online type design course. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Foundations of Type Design
[Lynne Yun]

A tipware on-line type design course by Lynne Yun. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Summer course organized by Damia Rotger and Pedro Arilla in Sos del Rey Catolico near Zaragoza, Spain. the 2015 edition took place from 21-26 July. Facebook page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Graphic Design Schools on the Web

List of graphic design schools compiled by Brian Slawson at the University of Florida's School of Art&Art History. [Google] [More]  ⦿

HAW Hamburg

The Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (was: Fachhochschule Hamburg) offers some typography courses in the Faculty of Design, Media and Information. Jovica Veljovic and Heike Grebin are the main type design professors. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Study advanced models for typefaces with Ari Rappaport in the Institute for Computer Science. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hernán Ordoñez

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Herron School of Art

Unbelievably nice web pages for a typography course atught by John Chastain at the Herron School of Art. [Google] [More]  ⦿

HGKZ (Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Zürich)

School in Zürichwhere one can study typography. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar

At the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar one can take courses in type design in the Studiengang Kommunikationsdesign. The permanent teacher is Indra Kupferschmid, and visiting faculty have included Frank Grießhammer, Paul van der Laan, and Dan Reynolds. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (or: HGB Leipzig)

At the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, Fred Smeijers heads the type design program.

The school grew out of the Institut für Buchgestaltung founded by Albert Kapr (died 1995) in the fifties. One of its present day typographic professors is Günter Karl Bose (born 1951 in Debstedt). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Humber College

Humber College, Toronto. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Huub Koch

An essay about teaching typographic literacy by Huub Koch. It also has a list of type links. [Google] [More]  ⦿

IED (Istituto Europeo di Design)

Design school in Madrid, where one obtain do a Masters in type design. Its professors include Oriol Miró, Diego Areso and Pep Patau. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Institut de l'Histoire du Livre

At this French institute in Lyon which forms part of the Musée de l'imprimerie de Lyon, there are occasionally courses on typography. For example, in the Book History Workshop from 5-8 April 2004, James Mosley gave a course on Type, lettering and calligraphy 1450-1830. From 25-28 April 2005, he gave a course there on Typographie et calligraphie 1830-1980. We also find a list of books on typography and calligraphy, covering 1450-1830. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Institute of Design, Chicago

You can take type design courses here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

IRISA (Université de Rennes)

Study typography in the Computer Science unit of the University of Rennes (France) under the supervision of Jacques Andre. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ISIA Urbino
[Luciano Perondi]

Italian Institute with type classes led by Luciano Perondi. Aka Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino. In 2008, they made the typewriter typeface Lekton (free), about which they write: The typeface has been designed at Isia Urbino by the students Luna Castroni, Stefano Faoro, Emilio Macchia, Elena Papassissa, Michela Povoleri, Tobias Seemiller, and the teacher Luciano Perondi (aka galacticus ineffabilis). Lekton is inspired by some of the typefaces used on the Olivetti typewriters. We thank Gianmaria Capello for his precious support. This typeface has been designed in 8 hours. Lekton is an open source project to which other people are invited to contribute. Dafont link. Open Font Library link. Google Fonts link. Between 2008 and 2010, the following people contributed: Paolo Mazzetti, Luciano Perondi, Raffaele Flato, Elena Papassissa, Emilio Macchia, Michela Povoleri, Tobias Seemiller, Riccardo Lorusso, Sabrina Campagna, Elisa Ansuini, Mariangela Di Pinto, Antonio Cavedoni, Marco Comastri, Luna Castroni, Stefano Faoro, Daniele Capo, Jan Henrik Arnold. Minimal adaptations of Lekton (like a dotted zero) led to Lekton Code (2017), a programming font.

In 2009, this was followed by another open source type family, Titillium, a clean organic sans that became quite popular. This huge typeface family made it to Google Web Fonts in 2012. The team says: The aim of the project is the creation of a collective fonts released under OFL. Each academic year, a dozen students work on the project, developing it further and solving problems. Any type designer interested in the amendment or revision of Titillium is invited to co-operate with us, or develop their own variants of the typeface according to the terms specified in the Open Font license. Besides Luciano Perondi, people involved in the direction of the project include Marcello Signorile, and Manuel Zanettin. Diego Gusti developed the first prototype of Titillium.

ISIA Urbino used to hold type design workshops. Examples: a monogram done in 1997-1998 by Michela Beccacece, another monogram from 1997-1998, the techno outline face Oracle (2002-2003) by Daniele Frattolin, Annamaria Mileo, Laura Testasecca, and Violetta Troina, Broderbund (2002-2003) by Laura Agostinelli, Francesca Ballarini, Elvira Pagliuca, and Alice Silvestri, the slab typeface Vivitar (2003-2004) by Alessandra Bicchi, Claudio Collina, Cinzia Quaglia, Margherita Vecchi, Dario Volpe, and Diego Zappelli, the futuristic typeface Syntellect (2002-2003) by Alessia Travaglini, Denis Imolesi Faraoni, Luca Piraccini, and Marco Comastri, the techno typeface Aspes (2003-2004) by Bisiac, Caroni and Comelli, the StarTrek typeface Fieldcrest (2002-2003) by Alessandra Schweiggl, Cornelia Hasler, Luca, and Giovanni Munari, the heavy display caps typeface Sharp (2003-2004) by Caterina Fattori, Marta Lettieri, Antonella Lorenzi, Alice Piazzi, and Roberta Paolucci, the typeface Canon (2002-2003) by Sonia Cattaneo, Sivia Pignat, Giulia Rizzini, and Claudia Stefanelli that was based on the logotype for Canon, the futuristic typeface Air New Zealand (2002-1003) by Chiara Cardascia, Giovanni Munari, Elisa Pellacani, and Susanna Tosatti.

Fontsy link. Font Squirrel link. Fontspace link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia

This is now called Università Iuav di Venezia. It has three faculties, Architecture (since 1927), Design and Arts, and Urban Planning. A good place to study typography in Venice. The professorial staff includes Sergio Polano and Giovanni Anceschi. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jan Middendorp
[Wikipedia: The G7]

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Jonathan Hoefler

Jonathan Hoefler's splendid courses on typography, Type Styles 101, and Intro to Typeface Design 110. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Juan Villanueva
[Type Cooper: Display Type Design]

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Karel De Grote Hogeschool

Belgian institute located in Antwerp, with a lot of type activity in the Department of Audovisual and Graphic Art. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen

The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp has a graphic design program in which typography, book design and type design are taught. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Koninklijke Akademie van Beeldende Kunsten (KABK), Den Haag

In English, the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. This is the most elite typographical school in Europe. Its graduates include all main current typographers in the Netherlands, and many others. Teachers ca. 2004 included Petr van Blokland, Peter Verheul, Fred Smeijers, Just van Rossum, Erik van Blokland, Peter Matthias Noordzij, Frans Van Mourik, Jan Willem Stas, Françoise Berserik, Peter Bilak, Paul Van Der Laan, and Frank Blokland. In 2018, the type program was headed by Erik van Blokland. Senior lecturers at that time: Paul van der Laan, Peter Verheul. Lecturers: Françoise Berserik, Peter Bilak, Frank Blokland, Petr van Blokland, Just van Rossum, Fred Smeijers, and Jan Willem Stas. In 2019, the staff consisted of Erik van Blokland (Head), Marja van der Burgh (coordinator), Paul van der Laan, Peter Verheul, Françoise Berserik, Peter Bilak, Petr van Blokland, Frank Grießhammer, Fred Smeijers and Jan Willem Stas.

TypeMedia is the postgraduate department for TypeDesign and Typography of the KABK. This Russian picture report from 2004 illustrates its activities nicely: it shows the following type projects: Basileus (Greek typeface by Vera Evstafieva), Reforma (by Krassen Krestev), Mirabelle (by Alessandro Colizzi), Rumba (by Laura Meseguer), North (by Trine Rask Olsen), Vertigo (by Susana Carvalho), and Tuhun (by Diego Mier y Teran). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Hernán Ordoñez]

Design school in Irun, in the Basque country. One of the typography teachers is Hernán Ordoñez, who occasionally offers type design workshops. [Google] [More]  ⦿

La Cambre

Located in Brussels, this is the main place in Belgium for studying typography. The teachers are / were Claude Stassart, Clotilde Olyff, Sophie Bertot, Aimé Radermaekers, and Donald Sturbelle. Also called Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels. [Google] [More]  ⦿


L'Aractère organizes calligraphy courses given in Paris. During 2002-2003, in the gallery/bookstore Comptoir des écritures of the Beaubourg: Hassan Massoudy, Serge Cortesi, Kitty Sabatier, Béatrice Balloy, Omikado Sachiko, Ouyang Jiaojia, Zhu Ya and Abdallah Akar. In 2010-2011, Claude Mediavilla taught a course. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lauren Hart

Lauren E. Hart is an art director and graphic designer in San Francisco. At Type West 2019, she designed the soulful sans typeface family Apatow in Condensed, Text and Black styles, with many references to movie poster design, in particular comedy blockbuster posters. [Google] [More]  ⦿

List of design schools

List of schools offering type and typography course work, as compiled by the Type Directors Club:

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Luciano Perondi
[ISIA Urbino]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Luis Siquot

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Lynne Yun
[Foundations of Type Design]

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Marcos Mello
[Oficina Tipográfica]

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Massachusetts College of Art&Design

Occasionally, one can follow a course on type design at the Massachusetts College of Art&Design in Boston. The faculty includes Brian Lucid. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mathieu Lommen
[University of Amsterdam: Special Collections]

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Mexican universities

For type design studies in Mexico, the main place is Centro de Estudios Gestalt para el Diseño in Veracruz [see elsewhere on this page]. Other programs that offer occasional courses and/or touch upon type design or typography, include Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, UNAM, Maestría en Diseño de la Información, Anahuac University (Mexico City, private and expensive), Maestría en diseño y producción editorial, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Xochimilco Campus, and outside Mexico City, Diplomado en Tipografía y Diseño Editorial, University of Guadalajara, and Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MIT: Digital Typography

This was the digital typography course of John Maeda at MIT, Cambridge, MA. Maeda has left MIT, and I have no idea if this course is still being offered. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Montserrat College of Art

Located in Beverly, 20 miles north of Boston, you can take here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Moscow State University of Printing Arts

Alexander Tarbeev, the famous Russian type designer, teaches type design at the Type Design Workshop of the Moscow State University of Printing Arts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

OERT (Open Educational resources for Typography)

Open Educational Resources for Typography (OERT) is an open educational project available to everyone who wishes to broaden their knowledge of typography, including students, teachers, and individuals interested in the subject. The project is built upon the course material prepared by Pablo Cosgaya (FADU / UBA, Buenos Aires), a set of booklets that was initiated in 1994 and which is currently organized into three sections: theoretical, historical, and practical. The project aims at expanding, updating, and editing the current material in Spanish, to translate it into English, and to publish it online under a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license.

The editorial team consists of Pablo Cosgaya, David Crossland, Natalia Pano and Marcela Romero.

The OERT Team consists of FADU / UBA professors Pablo Cosgaya, Magdalena Fumagalli, Verónica García, Alvaro Ghisolfo, Malena Menéndez, Natalia Pano, Inés Pupareli, Marcela Romero and Julián Villagra. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Oficina Tipográfica
[Marcos Mello]

Marcos Mello and Cláudio Rocha run the Oficina Tipográfica site in Sao Paulo. Together, they are offering a number of typography courses. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Olcar Alcaide

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Parsons The New School for design (was: Parsons School of Design)

Design school in New York. Experimental typography course by Charles Nix. Experimental Typography: Spring 2002. Experimental Typography: Fall 2001. Book Design: A History in Latin. Current type design professors include James Montalbano. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Plantin Gennootschap

Located in Antwerp, Belgium, this typographical society offers seminars, and a two-year program of courses in typography at its School of Graphic Arts, which is located in the Plantin-Moretus Museum (in Flemish). Starting in 2010, Frank Blokland teaches an expert type design class---ten lecture days spread out over the year at a cost of 1200 Euros for the entire course. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Politecnico di Milano

Great place in Italy for studying typography. Teachers in the Dipartimento di Industrial Design, delle Arti, della Comunicazione e della Moda include Giovanni Anceschi (who is now at IUAV in Venice) and Mario Piazza. Pictures at Flickr. The impressive staff includes James Clough (history), Giangiorgio Fuga (type metrics and introduction), Piero De Macchi (type design), Michele Patanè (FontLab), Andrea Braccaloni and Luciano Perondi (thesis projects). The hosts are Mauro Zennaro and Claude Marzotto. Students in 2007: Bellucci Carmine, Casanova Lorenzo, Debenedetti Chiara, Viggiano Cira, Ciufo Erasmo Alessandro, Capo Daniele, Dugo Marco, Magni Fabio Ambriogio, Marchi Ilaria, Jannello Ludovica, Pezzotta Marina, Olocco Riccardo, D'Alessandro Paola, Pasqualicchio Carlo, Belli Pietro, Pini Azzurra, Rui Chiara, Tassi Roberta, Scalia Veronica, Tomietto Anna, Laurora Nicola. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Luis Siquot]

Luis Siquot will teach digital font design in five lectures between 19 and 28 November 2009 at the Universidad Nacional del Litoral in Santa Fe, Argentina. [Google] [More]  ⦿


A a 14-week online program starting February 24, 2022. The lead instructors are Nicole Dotin and Sol Matas. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pratt Institute

Some typography is taught in the Graphic Design program at New York's Pratt Institute. At one point, Jesse Ragan was a visiting instructor. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rare Book School

Located at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, the Rare Book School offers some type courses. For example, in July 2002, James Mosley (retired librarian of the St Bride Printing Library in London, and founding editor of the Journal of the Printing Historical Society) taught a course on "Type, lettering, and calligraphy, 1450-1830". He will repeat this in 2003. In June 2002, Archie Provan (Professor of Typography at the RIT School of Printing Management and Sciences, and co-author of A Primer of Typeface Identification (1976) and 100 Type Histories (1983)) taught a course entitled "Introduction to the history of typography". In 2003, Stanley Nelson taught about the history of typography from 1450 until the present. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rhode Island School of Design

Reputed design school that graduated quite a few well-known type designers. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rochester Institute of Technology

School of printing management and sciences. RIT is known as the premier printing management school in the world--preparing students for leadership careers in newspapers, magazines, paper manufacturing, book publishing, specialized printing companies, and other fields that require in-depth understanding of graphic communications processes and printing technology. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Roger Hersch

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Ron Sellers
[Typography 1]

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Salford Type Foundry
[Timothy Isherwood]

Salford Type Foundry was established in 2012 by Manchester's University of Salford lecturer Timothy Isherwood. It is a repository for typefaces designed by the students. One of their most famous type design graduates is Darren Scott. Megan Jones created the web site. The others who contributed in or before 2012 are listed here:

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San Diego Community College District

Randall Cornish teaches (free) classes on typography on Thursday evenings, 530 til 9pm at the New Media Center in san Diego. Next classes: January 31, February 7, 14&21, 2002. [Google] [More]  ⦿

School of Art, Ohio University, Athens
[Arlyn Eve Simon]

Offers a graphic design program, in which Arlyn Eve Simon teaches typography. She designed a nice typeface sold by Galapagos. [Google] [More]  ⦿

School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University

Courses by Joan Dobkin and Karen Moyer on expression through typography. [Google] [More]  ⦿

School of Type Design
[Seryozha Rasskazov]

Simply called the School of Type Design, this study opportunity in Saint Petersburg, Russia, has been offered by its director and founder, Seryozha Rasskazov, since its inception in 2014 (with a small hiatus between 2021 and 2023). [Google] [More]  ⦿

School of Visual Arts

New York based design school where Steven Heller and Stefan Sagmeister teach. There does not seem to be a specific type design program at the moment. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Scriptorium de Toulouse

Typography school located at 246, chemin de Tournefeuille, 31300 Toulouse, France, created in 1968. Tél : 05 61 49 20 09. Fax : 05 61 49 20 09. Director until 2005: Professor Bernard Arin. Famous ex-students include Franck Jalleau, Thierry Puyfoulhoux, Severine Hameau, and Rodolphe Giuglardo. Bernard Arin gives a historical perspective. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Seminar on typography and optical communication

From February 16, 2006 until March 23, 2006, the University of Thessaloniki organizes a 50-hour seminar on typography and optical communication, which will cover Greek typography from the 15th to 20th century, typography on the web, European typography, modern tools in typographic typesetting, typeface design. It will also cover graphic design, typography and optical communication. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Seryozha Rasskazov
[School of Type Design]

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SIGDS: Rhode Island School of Design

Intensive Summer school, including courses on typography and typeface design, taught by Franz Werner and Cyrus Highsmith. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sint Lucas Digital Publishing

Design and creative arts school in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Some of the work of the students involves the creation of typefaces---examples include Drimatic Nova (2015, by Juliette van Lankvelt) and Line Type (2015, by Jaimy Vennix). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stafford College: HND Design

Two year program in typography in the UK. One of the type design teachers is none other than Tim Donaldson. Stafford College is part of the University of Wolverhampton. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

The Peripheral Systems Laboratory develops new software and hardware technology for advanced displays, printing devices, phototypesetters and information servers. They have several pages relating to smooth font technology. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sydney Institute of Technology Enmore Design Centre

At the School of Graphic Design, you'll find lots of student project pages with wonderful applications of type in graphic design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Technical University of Warsaw

One can study typography in the Department of Design here. AT TDC47 in 2001, a group of five students (Jure Engelsberger, Martina Gobec, Tomato Kosir, Ziva Moskric and Mina Zabnikar) received a Certificate of Typographic Excellence. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Cooper Union

The Cooper Union School of Art is a famous design (and type design) school in New York City. Starting in the fall of 2010, the Continuing Education Department of The Cooper Union, in conjunction with the Type Directors Club, offers a Certificate Program in Typeface Design, called Type @ Cooper. The faculty in 2010 included Jesse Ragan, Ken Barber, Stephen O. Saxe, Roger Black, Mark Jamra and Christian Schwartz. In 2019, the teachers were Karen Charatan, Ewan Clayton, Andy Clymer, Cara Di Edwardo, James Edmondson, St&eacue;phane Elbaz, Hannes Famira, Berton Hasebe, Daniel Morris, Jean François Porchez, Jesse Ragan, Christian Schwartz, Sara Soskolne, Sumner Stone, Alexander Tochilovsky, and Just van Rossum. Cooper Union Typography is a jump site for many typographic treasures. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Herb Lubalin Center of Design and Typography

The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography opened in 1985 in order to preserve Herb Lubalin's vast collection of work. Its goal was to provide the design community with a means to honor Lubalin and to study his innovative work. Herb Lubalin (1918-1981) is best known for his illustrative typography and groundbreaking work for the magazines Avant Garde, Eros, and Fact. The Study Center's core collection includes an extensive archive of his work, including drawings, promotional, editorial and advertising design, typeface design, posters, logos, and other materials dating from 1950 to 1981. The collection also includes work by other eminent designers including Otl Aicher, Anthon Beeke, Lester Beall, Will Burtin, Lou Dorfsman, Karl Gerstner, Tibor Kalman, Alvin Lustig, Elaine Lustig Cohen, The Push Pin Studios, Paul Rand, Bradbury Thompson, Massimo Vignelli, and many more. There is also a library of books and magazines about design and typography, an extensive collection of posters, myriad type specimen books, and pamphlets within the archive.

The Study Center is located at The Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square, Room LL119, New York. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Timothy Isherwood
[Salford Type Foundry]

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A series of four international workshops run by Tomato Kosir in Slovenia from 2010 until 2012. The fifth was renamed TypeClinic, and that name will be used from 2012 onwards. The first workshop was held from July 25-31, 2010: A first-time international workshop deals with designing typeface for poster size in letterpress technique. That was repeated from August 28 until September 4, 2011 in Ljubljana. The Fourth Workshop took place in Trenta Valley near the beginning of February 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Todd Roeth

Todd Roeth's outline of his intro to typography class at Marietta College in Marietta, OH. [Google] [More]  ⦿

TTX The Type Experience

A series of one to 2-hour videos and interviews related to typography and type design. In Portuguese or Spanish, this is organized by dooType (Eduilson Coan and Gustavo Soares). Videos by or about Jackson Alves, Rodolfo Franca, Elaine Ramos, Gustavo Greco, Alceu Nunes, Paulo Chagas, Daniel Coutinho, Felipe Luize, Samia Jacintho, Allysson Lucca, Fabio Lopez, Claudio Santos, Daniel Souza, Niko Fernandez, and Crystian Cruz. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type @ Cooper West

The Continuing Education Department of The Cooper Union, in partnership with Letterform Archive, offers a post graduate certificate in Typeface Design, public workshops and a lecture series in San Francisco, California. This one-year certificate program is the equivalent of the Extended program that has been offered on campus in NYC (the "regular" Type Cooper program) since 2010. The program started in January 2016. Core classes meet on Monday and Tuesday evenings plus one weekend per term, and elective classes meet mostly on weekends and sometimes evenings. Teachers include Sumner Stone, Jessica Hische, Jim Parkinson and Rob Saunders. The program coordinator is Cara Di Edwardo. Classes take place in The Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive Type Annex. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type and Media Master at the Royal Academy of Art

The premier type design program in the world, which is part of the KABK, the Koninklijke Akademie van Beeldende Kunsten. Nothing comes close to this wonderful institute located in Den Haag, The Netherlands. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type Cooper: Display Type Design
[Juan Villanueva]

Over a period of ten weeks, a group of talented and highly motivated students from all over the world gathered in a virtual classroom during a global pandemic and an ongoing fight for racial justice to study display type design. The instructor at Type Copper (New York) was Juan Villanueva, a typeface designer, letterer, and educator in New York City. The students and their tyopefaces in 2020 and 2021: Adriana Garcidueñas, Ana Michel, Andrea Groisman, Asta Thrastardottir, Beatriz Lozano, B. Benedicto, Bree Rice, Christi Payne, Corinne Ang, Cristina Lopes, Deanna Laney, Ellie Henderson, Emily Kurek, Erica Holeman, Fio Gonçalves, Ghaya Bin Mesmar, Jaamal Benjamin, Jamie Otelsberg, Karen Cartas, Karla Pasten, Kenta Yoshioka, Kirstin H., Leo Vicenti, Leslie Badani, Lisa Chiueh, Lucy Chen, Lyam Bewry, Marissa Balbuena, Miguel Angel Contreras Cruz, Natalia Sálomon, Ravee Deshpande, Raven Mo, Shaily Patel, Tamara Segura, Thavin R., Vanna Vu, Vini Vieira, Whitney Wellmaker, Will Yang. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type Desgn 101

An on-line course offered by The League of Movable Type starting in 2017. The on-line teacher is Thomas Jockin. The 12-week program (1200 US dollars) covers The First Foundations, Learning Lettering, Beginning Type Design, and Mastering Your First Font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type Directors Club Pratt Student Group

The students at Pratt Institute in New York formed a chapter of the TDC. Behance link. The typeface design projects in Jesse Ragan's clas include Laser New Roman (2010, by Ian Rousey) and Slothrop (2010, by Chris Nosenzo). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type West 2019

The graduates of Type West in San Francisco in 2019, and their revival and other typefaces:

  • Madrigal by Hugo Baeta
  • Ginza by Florence Fu
  • Monimbo by Laura Garcia
  • Rinca by Calder Hansen
  • Apatow by Lauren Hart
  • Clinker by Graham Hicks
  • Meltdown by Natalia Kowaleczko
  • Maxine by Justin Lee
  • Sanni by Sara Paske
  • Cleaver by Irwin Sol
  • Libraz by Tracy Tsutsumoto
  • Barry by James Williams
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Type West Class of 2020

A program at the Letterform Archive in San Francisco. Students: Michelle Liane Adams, Libbie Bischoff, Martha Sue Coursey, Nurullah Gokdogan, Nathan Goldman, Lizzy Ha, Lauren Jochum, Kevin Barrett Kane, Emma Linh, Leigh Maki, DJ Murphy, Michael Stark, Jess Smith, Jeremy Tribby, Kristina Yuen, Bert Zhang.

Instructors: Graham Bradley, Maria Doreuli, James Edmondson, Grendl Löfkvist, Kel Troughton. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type West Class of 2021

A program at the Letterform Archive in San Francisco. Students graduating in 2021: Chris Pauley, Chris Skillern, Claire Shin, Creighton Tynes, Duc Cao, Habib Placencia Adissi, Jamie Otelsberg, Karla Pasten, Laura Tjho, Matt Vlach, Michelle Devlin, Pranavi Chopra, Roy Tatum, Ryan Hutson, Ryan Molloy, Sascha Hopson, Schessa Garbutt, Tamara Segura, Vanna Vu. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Typecampus is an initiative by Zetafonts, a type foundry based in Florence, Italy. It intends to cooperate with design schools on a range of didactic activities. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Typemedia 2011

Showcasing the typefaces made by the 2011 graduates of the type design program at KABK in Den Haag: Sun Jung Hwang, Lauri Toikka, Colin M. Ford, Florian Schick, Linda Hintz, Marina Chaccur, Malte Herok, Yassin Baggar, Alpkan Kirayoglu, Emma Laiho, Kunihiko Okano, Yanone. The typography of the web site and the color palette are great but the horizontal design and the peekaboo windows are annoying and not worthy of a school of the caliber of KABK. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Typemedia alumni

One of the top two programs in the world is KABK's TypeMedia program in Den Haag, The Netherlands. Many of its fraduates go on to become successful type designers. The list of graduates since its inception in 2002:

  • 2019-2020: Thomas Bouillet, Nina Botthof, Arnaud Chemin, Jamie Chang, Celine Hurka, Jovana Jocic, Ruggero Magri, Elena Peralta, Renan Rosatti, Jan Sindler, Olga Umpaleva, Huw Williams.
  • 2018-2019: Eva Abdulina, Alexis Boscariol, Ryan Bugden, Luke Charsley, Ethan Cohen, Rutherford Craze, Anya Danilova, Ricard Garcia, Fabiola Mejia, Joona Louhi, Michelangelo Nigra, Celine Odermatt.
  • 2017-2018: Rafal Buchner, Zrinka Buljubasic, Sean Donohoe, Mona Franz, Namrata Goyal, Lisa Huang, Noheul Lee, Stephen Nixon, Gen Ramirez, Claudia Rifaterra, Katja Schimmel, Carlos de Toro.
  • 2016-2017: Dan Coull, Sven Fuchs, Pablo Gámez, Borna Grcevic, Ro Hernández, Eun You Noh, Thom Janssen, Eino Korkala, Muki Monsalve, Martin Pysny, Lipi Raval, Magda Wisniewska.
  • 2015-2016: Roberto Arista, Selina Bernet, Alessio D'Ellena, Daniel Grumer, Jitka Janeckova, Bogidar Mascareñas, Daria Petrova, Inga Plönnigs, Marc Rouault, Paul Troppmair, Bart Vollebregt, Franziska Weitgruber.
  • 2014-2015: Tilmann Hielscher, Tezzo Suzuki, Philipp Beatrix Neumeyer, Minjoo Ham, Marko Hrastovec, Loris Olivier, Katerina Kochkina, Jasper Terra, Heidi Rand Sørensen, Elliott Amblard, Cristian Vargas, Benedikt Bramböck, Bahman Eslami.
  • 2013-2014: David Chmela, James Edmondson, Mark Fromberg, Slava Jevcinova, Hugo Marucco, Alexandre Saumier Demers, Nina Stössinger, Mark De Winne. Gallery
  • 2012-2013: Tania Alvarez Zaldivar, Etienne Aubert Bonn, Barbara Bigosinska, Maria Doreuli, Sun Helen Isdahl Kalvenes, Adam Katyi, Troy Leinster, Diana Ovezea, Krista Radoeva, Lukas Schneider, Teo Tuominen, Bernd Volmer. Gallery
  • 2011-2012: Noe Blanco, Aliz Borsa, Joe (Hsuan-Hao) Chang, Dave Foster, Christine Gertsch, Pradnya Naik, Sveinbjörn Pálsson, Daniel Perraudin, Jose Reyes Cabrera, Alexander Roth, Aleksandra Samulenkova, Hrvoje Zivcic. Gallery
  • 2010-2011: Yassin Baggar, Marina Chaccur, Colin Ford, Jan Gerner, Malte Herok, Linda Hintz, Sun Jung Hwang, Alpkan Kirayoglu, Emma Laiho, Kunihiko Okano, Florian Schick, Lauri Toikka. Gallery site for 2011
  • 2009-2010: Martina Flor, Jon Glarbo, Frank Griesshammer, Friedrich Grögel, Yohanna My Nguyen, Slavka Paulikova, Tania Raposo, Kristyan Sarkis, Brigitte Schuster, Irina Smirnova, Nils Thomsen.
  • 2008-2009: Laure Afchain, Khajag Apelian, Marta Bernstein, Jan Filipek, Abi Huynh, Ondrej Job, Holger Königsdörfer, Charles Mazé, Dan Milne, César Puertas, Sueh Li Tan.
  • 2007-2008: Francesca Bolognini, Alessia Castelli, Mathieu Christe, Roland Dill, Berton Hasebe, Thomas Klaui, Johannes Lang, Ross Milne, Jonathan Pierini, Gustavo Soares.
  • 2006-2007: Eike Dingler, Thomas Gabriel, Sibe Kokke, Sonja Ladebusch, Sebastien Sanfilippo, Ludwig Uebele, Edgar Walthert, Marieke Wynants, Seonil Yun.
  • 2005-2006: Christina Bee, Frederik Berlaen, Kai Bernau, Alexandra Busse, Christoph Dunst, Gustavo Ferreira, Anton Koovit, Annika Larsson, Malou Osendarp, Ian Party, Mattias Schelbert, Joel Shane, Pascal Zoghbi.
  • 2004-2005: Yomar Augusto, Andy Clymer, Nikola Djurek, Wendy Ellerton, Ryan Pescatore Frisk, Sibylle Geiger, Hanna Hakala-Kurppa, Pascal Richon, Ilya Ruderman, Annika Schorstein, Erwin Timmerman, Stefan Willerstorfer.
  • 2003-2004: Susana Carvalho, Alessandro Colizzi, Ramiro Espinoza, Vera Evstafieva, Maarten Idema, Krassen Krestev, Laura Meseguer, Circe Penningdevries, Trine Rask Olsen, Bas van Vuurde.
  • 2002-2003: Marie Aumont, David Esser, André Heers, Indre Klimaite, Diego Mier-y-Teran, Britt Möricke, Ruth Nezer, Artur Schmal, Barbara Alves.
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TypeMedia LetterTester

This page showcases the fonts made by the TypeMedia (Royal Academy of Arts, Den Haag) students of the TM0708 course:

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A summer crash course program in June and July 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022. Founded by Jean François Porchez, the type design teachers in 2015 included Mathieu Réguer (Typofonderie and Longtype), Malou Verlomme, Jean François Porchez (Typofonderie), Julien Priez (type designer and letterer at FontYou) and Frank Jalleau (type designer at Imprimerie Nationale since 1988). View the typefaces made by the participants: Claudia de Almeida, Janna Barrett, Benjamin Blaess, Dave Coleman, Porter Gillespie, Kara Gordon, Rafael Jordan, Iñigo López Vázquez, Ilya Naumov, Nicolas Portnoï, Goffredo Puccetti, Andrea Rodriguez, Nisrine Sarkis, Maciek Sobczak, Julie Soudanne, Thidarat Thaiyanon.

The 2016 instructors were Jean François Porchez (Typofonderie), Mathieu Réguer, Julien Priez, Alice Savoie, Xavier Dupré, Indra Kupferschmid, Martina Flor, Peter Bilak (Typotheque), Alexandra Korolkova (ParaType) and Lucas Sharp (Sharp Type).

The teachers and critics in 2017: Jean François Porchez, Mathieu Réguer, Xavier Dupré, Julien Priez, Indra Kupferschmid, Veronika Burian and Stéphane Elbaz.

The teachers and critics in 2018: Xavier Dupré, Indra Kupferschmid, Jean François Porchez, Julien Priez, Mathieu Réguer, Marc Rouault, Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer, Georg Seifert, David Berlow, Nikola Djurek, Laura Meseguer and Alex Trochut.

The teachers in 2019 include Xavier Dupré, Jean Fran&cceil;ois Porchez, Mathieu Réguer, Marc Rouault, Julie Soudanne, Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer, Georg Seifer, Erik van Blokland, Antonio Cavedoni, Nick Misani, Neil Summerour and Andrea Tinnes.

In 2020, the course runs from June 8 until July 11. The team comprises Jean François Porchez, Mathieu Réguer, Marc Rouault, Gina Serret, Julie Soudanne, Malou Verlomme, Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer and Georg Seifert, with guest appearances by Paul Barnes, David Brezina, Louise Fili, Alexandra Korolkova and Martin Majoor.

The 2022 crew consists of Jean François Porchez, Mathieu Réguer, Marc Rouault, Gina Serret, Julie Soudanne and Malou Verlomme, with guest appearances by Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer, Georg Seifert, Paul Barnes, David Brezina, Louise Fili, Petra Docekalova and Martin Majoor. [Google] [More]  ⦿

TypeType Education

Saint Petersburg, Russia-based type design school related to Ivan Gladkikh's type foundry TypeType. The training lasts six months and includes 192 hours of instruction. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Typetype School

Ivan Gladkikh, Saint Petersburg, Russia-based school and mentoring place related to his Typetype foundry. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Typoakademie München

Wolfgang Beinert's courses and seminars about typography, either in München or on the road. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Typography 1
[Ron Sellers]

Typography classes on the web, by Ron Sellers. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Typography Laboratory by Musashino Art University

Type lab at this Japanese University with instruction by Minoru Niijima and Mitsuo Kasui. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Czech design school, located in Prague. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí

One of only two places in Mexico where one can study typography. The other one is the Centro de Estudios Gestalt, located in Veracruz. Until 1999-2000, the Universidad Intercontinental also offered type design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Universidad de Buenos Aires, Fac. de Arq. Diseño y Urbanismo (or: FADU-UBA)

The main type design school in Argentina, and possibly in all of Latin America, is at the University of Buenos Aires. Also known as FADU-UBA, it has produced all major Argentinian type designers.

Classes are taught by a dream team that includes Carlos Carpintero, Miguel Catopodis, Pablo Cosgaya, Aldo de Losa, Ruben Fontana, Alejandro Lo Celso, Dario Muhafara, Alejandro paul, José Scaglione and Eduardo Tunni.

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University of Amsterdam: Special Collections
[Mathieu Lommen]

The library of the University of Amsterdam has many on-line and hard copy collections. Among these, the following stand out:

  • Archief Jan van Krimpen.
  • Collectie Bram de Does. Bram de Does designed Trinité (1982) and Lexicon (1992). His original drawings of Lexicon, for example, have been scanned in and can be viewed (but not downloaded). For a digital descendant of Lexicon, see Lucas Sharp's Eros.
  • Collectie Gerrit Noordzij.
  • Collectie S.L. Hartz. Sem Hartz worked for Johan Enschedé en Zonen in Haarlem. This collection includes archive material on the typeface Juliana (1958).
  • Collectie Tetterode. This collection dating from 1971 is quite extensive (17,000 items), including a lot of material on S.H. de Roos. It covers Tetterode's type work from 1851 onwards.

Mathieu Lommen is an author and book historian who works as a curator at the Special Collections department of the Amsterdam University Library. Mathieu regularly publishes on 19th and 20th century book typography and type design. He is also editor of the scholarly magazine Quaerendo. His books include Dutch Alphabets (2016, De Buitenkant, Amsterdam), Letterproeven van Nederlandse gieterijen / Dutch typefounders specimens (1998, Amsterdam), Bram de Does: Letterontwerper and Typograaf (2003, De Buitenkant), and Nederlandse Belettering Negentiende-Eeuwse Modelboeken (De Buitenkant, Uitgelezen Boeken, Jaargang 17, Nummer 3, 2015).

Mathieu Lommen's talk at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam was entitled Highlights of Amsterdam type design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

University of Antwerp: Typography Summer School

From 2-6 September 2019, the University of Antwerp organizes an intensive five-day programme on the value of research for a better understanding of type and typography. The speakers: Jan Dries, Frank E. Blokland, Walda Verbaenen, Lara Captan, Juergen Willrodt. [Google] [More]  ⦿

University of Brighton School of Design

Does not seem to offer much on typography. [Google] [More]  ⦿

University of Buenos Aires: FADU--UBA

Starting in 2009, one can study type design (CDT: Diseño de Tipografía) at the University of Buenos Aires. Limited places for this three-trimester program with 416 hours of courses. The staff comprises Carlos Carpintero, Miguel Catopodis, Pablo Cosgaya, Aldo De Losa, Griselda Flesler, Rubén Fontana, Víctor García, Tomás García Ferrari, Patricio Gatti, Darío Muhafara, Betina Naab, Alejandro Paul, Mariana Podetti, María Eugenia Roballos, Eduardo Rodríguez Tunni, Marcela Romero, and José Scaglione. [Google] [More]  ⦿

University of Florida

At the Department of Fine arts, check out Brian Slawson's Typography class. [Google] [More]  ⦿

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: School of Art and Design

The UIUC School of Art and Design is more geared towards graphic design and does not teach basic typography, it seems. [Google] [More]  ⦿

University of Reading

Department of Typography and Graphic Communication in Reading (UK), where one can do a Masters in Type Design. The program is commonly known as the MATD. Main teachers: Gerard Unger (!!!), James Mosley, Gerry Leonidas, Michael Twyman, Victor Gaultney. Past teachers include Michael Harvey, Christopher Burke, Eric Kindel, Paul Luna, Paul Stiff, Richard Southall, Maxim Zhukov, Laurence Penney, and David Woodward.

The 2008 teaching staff includes Martin Andrews, Jo de Baerdemaeker, Veronika Burian, Rob Banham, Carolyn Davidson, Mary Dyson, Victor Gaultney, Eric Kindel, Gerry Leonidas, Paul Luna, Charlene McGroarty, Hadj Messelles, Tom Milo, Jonathan Hoefler, John Hudson, James Mosley, Linda Reynolds, Daniel Rhatigan, Fiona Ross, José Scaglione, Christian Schwartz, Paul Stiff, Miguel Sousa, Mirjam Somers, Michael Twyman, Gerard Unger, Marjan Unger, Sue Walker and Geoff Wyeth.

Link to all projects from 2000 onwards. Course link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

University of Reading: TDi program and Lists of graduates

The TDi program at the University of Reading UK, offers an opportunity for a small group of motivated learners to spend two weeks learning about typeface design and typography with expert tutors, and excellent resources. Graduates from the University of Reading:

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University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne

One can study graphic design at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne. Part of the curriculum involves type design, with workshops supervised by teachers such as Laurent Bourcellier. [Google] [More]  ⦿

University of Sao Paulo: FAU

At the FAU (Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism) of USP (University of Sao Paulo, pronounce "oospee"), one can take type design courses from the likes of Priscila Farias, on the way to an undergraduate degree in design. [Google] [More]  ⦿


In the B.A. program for graphic design at the Université du Québec a Montreal, there are about five typography courses. Instruction in French. [Google] [More]  ⦿

UTEM: Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana

One can study type design at the Escuela de Diseño de la Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana de Santiago de Chile. One of the teachers there is Roberto Osses. Some of the typefaces designed since 2007 in this program can be viewed at the site of Esos tipos de la UTEM. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Visual Arts Institute, Eger, Hungary

One can study tyope design at Karoly University's Visual Arts Institute in Eger, Hungary. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin

At the Academy of Fine and Applied Arts Berlin-Weißlensee, one can obtain undergraduate and Masters level degrees in Visual Communication. The professors include Wim Westerveld. Visiting staff includes Lucas de Groot. There are type design courses in the programs. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Based in Arnhem, The Netherlands, this web site glorifies nice typographical contributions in advertising and presentations. It is also a place of study: The Werkplaats Typografie (WT) is part of ArtEZ Institute of the Arts. WT is a two-year masters programme centred on practical assignments and self-initiated projects. It also serves as a meeting place for graphic designers with regard to research and dialogue. The WT is supervised by Karel Martens and Armand Mevis. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Wikipedia: The G7
[Jan Middendorp]

Jan Middendorp initiated the wiki page on type design schools, wisely warning readers that schools that teach typography are not always schools where one can study type design. I am afraid that schools will want to muscle their way onto this list, and I like his original short list a lot, so below I reproduce his master list of "the G7" schools that in 2010 offer specialized degrees in type design. I am ashamed to say that neither my country of birth (Belgium) nor my adopted country (Canada) has any school in this list, but neither do the United States, China, Japan, India or Germany. The G7 has five schools in Europe, and two in Latin America:

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Belgian institute where one can study calligraphy. Teachers include Yves Leterme, Brody Neuenschwander, Ann Degeyter and Veronique Vandevoorde. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yoobee School of Design

Yoobee School of Design (Auckland, New Zealand) showcases some original typefaces due their graduates in 2013: Julie Zhu (who made a great art deco caps typeface), Alex Tau, Anish Vijayan (who made Flormetal), Ben Andersen (who made the ship mast-inspired Silo Park), Darelle Teau (who made the mosaically-tiled Bohemian), Chongqing Fan, Natchanok Ruangsillapasart (who made the hexagonal typeface Fistura de Silo), Jiayu Ni, Rangi Christie, Sandeep Patel (who made Ponsonby, inspired by metal joints), Tri Nguyen, Thanadul Lertpisitkul, Russell Wilmshurst (Britomap), Linda Munt (Gallery, inspired by jewelry), Leung Onki, Charles Scott, and Matthew Fell (who made Dockside). [Google] [More]  ⦿


The Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts is a typography and graphic design school in Harare, Zimbabwe, led by Saki Mafundikwa. Alternate URL. Creative Pro page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (or: Typetypo)

Technical college in Zürich where one can obtain two type design degrees, a CAS in Schriftgestaltung (type design) and an MAS in Type Design and Typography. Headed by Rudolf Barmettler, its staff includes Hans-Jürg Hunziker, André Baldinger, and Katharine Wolff. [Google] [More]  ⦿