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Residencies in Typography offers design professionals a concentrated study of typography through the lens of type design, guided by internationally acclaimed designers as faculty and guest critics. While a full course of four weeks is suggested, applicants may also choose to take only the first two-week session.

This residency is intended for experienced graphic designers, typography teachers, recent design school grads, and other letter lovers who wish to specialize further in typography by making a typeface from scratch. Participants will explore the rich discipline of type design in the context of traditional and digital tools, history and technology.

Both residencies provide a robust daily schedule of instruction and studio time. Guest lectures and field trips complement classwork, allowing participants to interact and get acquainted with New York City-based type and graphic designers, historians, printers and letterers.

Faculty have included: Yomar Augusto, Tobias Frere-Jones, Jessica Hische, Daniel Rhatigan, Victoria Rushton, Ksenya Samarskaya and Lynne Yun. Guest lecturers and critics have included Gail Anderson, Matthew Carter, Claudia de Almeida, Louise Fili, Steven Heller, Daniel Pelavin, Jeff Rogers, Christian Schwartz and Nick Sherman. Elizabeth Carey-Smith is the program coordinator.

Note: Participants must be established creative professionals, or undergraduates who have completed their junior year of study, with demonstrated fluency in typography. Participants must supply their own Mac laptops. A student license of RoboFont will be provided upon acceptance to the program

  • Session 1: Typographic Contexts

  • Session 2: Original Typeface Intensive

SVA TypeLab Questions about Type

SVA TypeLab Instructors on their favorite (and least favorite) typefaces.

SVA TypeLab with Yomar Augusto
SVA TypeLab instructor Yomar Augusto demonstrates ink and brush hand-lettering.