31 January11 April 2022
Online Workshop

In this 10-week online course (January 31-April 11), students will create their own original typefaces as they gain an understanding of the methodologies and software used to produce high-quality digital type.

Participants receive an extended trial license and can purchase their own full license at a discount.

Workshop: Introduction to Modern Type Design

Mon, Jan 31, – Mon, Apr 11, 2022
6:00pm–9:00pm PT

The primary goal of this course is to show how to think about type systematically and successfully structure the type design process. The course will focus on techniques and best practices for designing and spacing type, but will also introduce students to the conceptual foundations of type design, proofing and testing your work, and the structure of type families. Students will work in Glyphs App throughout the week and upload homework before the class for review. During class, students will learn various lessons about type, practice sketching, and get feedback on their type projects.

  • Experience making a typeface
  • Techniques for sketching letters
  • Various tricks for letterforms
  • Some history and lots of visual inspiration


Online Workshop at Letterform Archive


Kel Troughton

For Whom?

This course is suitable for designers just starting to think about type and for designers with some type design experience hoping to develop their skills and processes. This is a great course for anyone interested in applying to the Type West Postgraduate Certificate Program in Type Design. The class is capped at fifteen students to allow for more one-on-one instruction.

How Much?

USD 945.49, scholarships available




Some experience with drawing Bézier curves (in Adobe Illustrator, for instance) and with typography is recommended but not required.