Recreating a historical typeface is a great teaching tool for learning type design. In the first term of Type West Online, we approach revivals as a kind of “choose-your-own-adventure” assignment for learning the foundations of designing type.

Over a period of ten weeks, twenty-two students from all over the world have been diligently researching, studying, and digitizing text typefaces that—in most cases—haven’t been digitized before.

This showcase reveals some of the process behind reviving type and celebrates the work of our students. We hope you enjoy the showcase and fall in love with letterforms.

Interested in Type West Online?

Read more about the Type West Online full-year certificate program in typeface design at the Letterform Archive.

Interested in Typeface Design?

Here are a few places to get you started:

Foundations of Type Design by Lynne Yun at Type Design School.

Principles of Typeface Design with Troy Leinster at Type@Cooper.

Principles of Typeface Design: Display Type with Zrinka Buljubašić at Type@Cooper.

Introduction to Modern Type Design with Kel Troughton at TypeWest.

Type Crit Crew, an initiative that enables type design students to get in touch with experienced type designers for virtual 1-1 meetings.

About the Instructors

Juan Villanueva is a Peruvian typeface designer, letterer, and educator in New York City. Juan is a Sr. Type Designer at Monotype and the lead instructor of Type West Online. He’s a graduate of the Type@Cooper Extended program and the founder of Type Crit Crew, an initiative to make type design education more accessible and inclusive to students anywhere in the world. When he’s not drawing letters, he’s probably running, cycling, or making more coffee.

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Carl Crossgrove studied fine art, printmaking, and book arts, eventually focusing on typeface design at Rochester Institute of Technology. He fulfilled internships with Adobe’s type design group in the 1990s, and designed typefaces at Monotype for nearly 20 years. Carl’s background in calligraphy and drawing infuses his typefaces — such as Mundo, Segoe Script, and the award-winning Beorcana — with humanism.

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About the Teaching Assisstants

The revivals shown in this showcase wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our wonderful TA’s

Tamara Segura is a type, letterer and graphic designer, currently based in Mexico City. She is always looking for ways to incorporate letters into her daily work. She graduated from Type West in 2021 with her typeface Sorry. She is part of the Times New Woman community and also part of the staff at Letrástica. She loves cold weather, chai and milkshakes.

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Sandra García is a type designer and founder of Tipastype. She has a Master’s degree in Typographic Design from the Gestalt University in Veracruz, Mexico and graduated from the Type@Cooper Extended program at the Cooper Union in 2021. She was born and raised in Colombia, madly loves to grow vegetables 🌱. In her spare time, she takes care of her cats and cooks for her friends. She is currently based in Mexico City.

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Website Credits

Huge thanks to Lynne Yun and Kevin Yeh of Space Type Co. for generously sharing the base code used to build this website. Check out their amazing work!

Typeface Credits

🖤 Fraunces, designed by Undercase Type, Phaedra Charles, Flavia Zimbardi

🖤 Hamlet Tertia 18, Gotico-Antiqua, Proto-Roman, Hybrid. 15th century types between gothic and roman by ANRT Type