Finding Your Typographic Voice

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Finding your typographic voice with Paul Sahre class NYC

Finding your typographic voice with Paul Sahre

Cost: $440.00

Always wanted to make your own typeface but don’t know where to start? This ten-week course, takes you through the process step-by-step. You’ll be introduced to the principles of typeface design, sketching methods, the tools, and processes involved in making a working font.

We have visceral and emotional reactions to the typographic compositions we make and encounter in the world, often deeply or unconsciously affected in ways that are hard to articulate. We also have habits that may or may not serve us. As designers, we are rarely objective about our own process and work. Attraction (and repulsion) to motifs, styles, colors, shapes, typefaces, to things we ‘like’ or ‘dislike’, guide us in ways we might not even recognize, limiting potential and guiding us to make derivative work. And how important is originality for a designer anyway?

In this two day workshop, Paul Sahre, renown New York designer, will guide students through a process to help participants identify and develop their own unique typographic style.

Through a series of four typographic based exercises, students will develop quick unpolished projects that may take different forms (book jacket, poster, broadside, etc) that will explore the bounds of comfort and convention, in an attempt to go beyond superficial judgments in search of originality when designing with typography.

This class will meet Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 


Registration begins May 1st. Students MUST enroll 5 business days prior to the course start date.

Course Code: 174446

Instructor(s): Paul Sahre

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.