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external link http://coopertype.org/workshops/public_workshops#typedesign_principles
The Type@Cooper Program at the Cooper Union in New York City will offer a class called Principles of Typeface Design - An Introduction. In nine evenings the participants will dip their toes into each chapter of type creation, ranging from writing to sketching and drawing, to finally creating their own digitized font.

Read more on the newly renovated Type@Cooper website…


In nine weeks from writing to drawing, to your own digitized font.
created   Apr. 19, 2014
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external link http://lauradipiazza.com
How much fun is it to watch the ease with which calligrapher Laura Di Piazza is laying down some sweet Copperplate.

Calligraphy by Laura Di Piazza on Vimeo. Shot on iPhone 5 and edited with iMovie. Titles set in typeface Arouet.



created   Dec. 15, 2013
updated  Jan. 04, 2014
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external link http://www.slanted.de/magazine/current
Pick up the latest issue of Slanted magazine for an interview with Hannes Famira. Much thanks and a big shout-out for conducting the interview goes to Wolfgang Wick of Buero MAGENTA.


Cover art of Slanted Magazine issue #22 – Art Type Fall/Winter 2013/2014
created   Dec. 03, 2013
updated  Dec. 23, 2013
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Ewan Clayton demonstrates how to cut a goose quill for writing. This is a quick demonstration from one of many public workshops at the Type@Cooper Program (June 8, 2013).

Cutting Quills from Type@Cooper on Vimeo. Shot on iPhone 5 and edited with iMovie. Titles set in typeface Arouet.


created   Jun. 10, 2013
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external link http://www.floodfonts.com
With tens of thousands of fonts out there, how often do you think it happens that two designers name their typefaces the same? In my career as a type designer of roughly 15 years it has happened twice. Once was last week.


The two typefaces in question: Rollmops (formerly known as Sonar Script) by Felix Braden and our own Sonar-Sans.
created   Mar. 20, 2013
updated  Dec. 06, 2013
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external link http://coopertype.org/condensed
This summer the Cooper Union in New York City ran their extremely intensive Type@Cooper Condensed Program for the second time. Under the tutelage of Sumner Stone, Jean-François Porchez, Stéphane Elbaz, Just van Rossum and Hannes Famira (that’s me) the Students were working basically around the clock to hone their type design skills.


Participants and instructors on the last day: happy but sad, and full of type and pizza.
created   Aug. 04, 2012
updated  Sep. 30, 2012
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external link http://www.slanted.de/events/32-seiten-fuer-48-stunden
Berlin's biggest cultural festival, «48 Stunden Neukölln» features over 600 separate events on a single weekend in June. Two designers, Thomas Lehner and Dirk Heider, created a visual identity for this unique project by employing a custom style of Arouet, a family of typefaces slated for release by the Kombinat-Typefounders in early 2013.


Photograph with kind permission by Tanja Kapahnke, © 2012.
created   Jul. 31, 2012
updated  Aug. 04, 2012
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external link http://www.kombinat-typefounders.com/catalogoverview
Just implemented on our catalog page: Hover your mouse over one of the preview blocks to get a micro type specimen. And so I keep tinkering away on this site, hoping you will get a kick out of it. Go ahead and give it a whirl...

Screenshot from our catalog main page
created   Sep. 15, 2011
updated  Jul. 24, 2012
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external link http://www.kombinat-typefounders.com/store/support/faq/
Lately our list of frequently asked questions had grown to a length that started to stand in the way of its purpose: To quickly find the answer to an equally quick questions. Enter the tag cloud: Now you click one of the tags to view a subset of the available questions and boom, there is your answer. Go ahead and give it a whirl...

created   Jul. 28, 2011
updated  Jul. 24, 2012
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external link http://www.kombinat-typefounders.com/store/catalog/specimens/realist_normal/
Martin Wenzel's latest creation is not only a whopper of a type family but it is quite clever too. Each font contains two sets of alternative, stylistic letterforms. Martin calls them Humanist and Grotesk. The two distinct and familiar flavors of typographic tradition are integrated into a single font by adding a number of alternate glyphs.


created   May. 14, 2011
updated  Aug. 04, 2012
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external link http://coopertype.org/extended/
Last weekend I was invited to teach a workshop called Understanding and Experiencing the Designspace, at the Cooper Union's certificate program Type@Cooper. The students were an inspiration, and the Cooper Union is still simply one of the most gratifying places to teach. Check out the pictures after the jump...


created   Feb. 04, 2011
updated  Aug. 29, 2012
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external link http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B000M4R5K2
One of the great joys of being a type designer is when you pick up a book or a DVD and your own font is staring back at you. Yesterday, while browsing Amazon's suggestions this just happened to me: One of my first typefaces, published back in the day with FontShop International, the ffMutilated. Awesome, break out the Coke Zero!

Image © by Kinowelt GmbH
created   Nov. 21, 2010
updated  Aug. 20, 2011
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external link http://www.facebook.com/KombinatTypefounders
Check out the Store Front photo album on our FaceBook page. And please go ahead and add your own if you have nice pictures to contribute.

created   Oct. 06, 2010
updated  Aug. 29, 2011
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external link http://www.coopertype.org/curriculum
In early spring 2011 Hannes Famira is going to teach a class which goes by the above title, as part of the Type@Cooper certificate program at the Cooper Union. The dates are January 29 and 30 2011, 9 am – 4 pm.
Update (February 4, 2011):
Check out the photographs from the class.



created   Oct. 04, 2010
updated  Aug. 08, 2012
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external link http://www.kombinat-typefounders.com/catalog/article/woff_support
Kombinat-Typefounders are proud to officially announce our support for the new web font format WOFF. We intend to start selling our complete retail library as soon as software to convert our fonts is made commercially available. We are also keeping a keen eye trained on the software industry's work on full browser support. At this point the type industry is scrambling to get up to speed on the recent developments and declare their support: typefoundries endorsing WOFF.

Typeface Ohm-Bold by Tal Lemming www.typesupply.com.
created   Oct. 02, 2010
updated  Aug. 20, 2011
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external link http://www.kombinat-typefounders.com/store/catalog/glyphset/interpolserif
As we are taking baby steps toward a functional and convenient web site we have just added two new features to the navigation of the catalog section. On any page in the catalog, be it the specimens or the glyph set page, the user can now browse through all fonts simply by clicking the next font link in the navigation bar. The second feature we added is an optional list view on the font overview page. You can now also choose to see each font represented by the letter a or by the ampersand &.

created   Sep. 11, 2010
updated  Aug. 20, 2011
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external link http://twitter.com/kombinatType
I just signed up with the handle @KombinatType. Come and follow the Kombinat tweets.

created   Mar. 19, 2010
updated  Aug. 20, 2011
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external link http://www.ilovetypography.com/2009/03/23/the-first-ones-the-hardest/
Here's a captivating, personal article on I Love Typography about the design process of Jeremy Mickel's first commercially available typeface. This is a very inspiring read that I wish I had been exposed to when I started out.

Sketches and the finished Typeface.
created   Mar. 24, 2009
updated  Aug. 11, 2012
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