Display Type: Juan Villanueva presents the class of summer 2021
Over a period of ten weeks, a group of talented and highly motivated students from all over the world gathered in a virtual classroom during a global pandemic and an ongoing fight for racial justice to study display type design.
"Designed to make an unapologetic statement display type can be elegant and bold, and speaks to us loud and clear without holding back. Simply put, display type wears its heart on its sleeve" notes Juan Villanueva, typeface designer, letterer, educator and instructor of this class.
"In a world where marginalized voices are silenced, undermined, and ignored, speaking up against injustice and building up the confidence to simply be oneself is a courageous act. In this class, we embraced the messiness of history, the plurality of stories, and the power that type and typography have to make our own unique voices present and visible."
Eventually each student shared with the team "a world of possibilities and multiple approaches for studying, designing, and thinking about what display type is, has been, but most importantly, what it could be. The result is a beautiful group of typefaces each with their own personality, speaking in their own voice, moving at their own rhythm, and tuned to their own tone."
Hey all, give it up for the Display Type class of summer 2021!— Juan Villanueva (@Juan_Kafka) September 9, 2021
The amazing work from my @CooperType students this summer is now on our class website. I’m proud and excited to share all their hard work with you!
Enjoy this year's class exhibit online and follow the type design as it evolves via a young generation that is more woke than many here.