Designing with Type The Cooper Union: Typography 1: Introduction to Typography
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The above is a compilation of some of the best, most imaginative, graphic work produced by the students of Typography 1: Introduction to Typography taught by James Craig at The Cooper Union in New York City.

The projects were taken from his book Designing with Type and from additional projects developed especially for Typography 1. They represent one semester’s work for second-year students and were assigned in the order shown with the exception of the last three projects, which were given at random.

A special thanks goes to each and every Typography 1 student, as well as to past and present teaching associates: William Bevington, Brian Hoffer, Gene Smith, Julie Yee, and Irene Zborovsky.


James Craig, a well-known author of books on graphic design, was born in Montreal, Canada. He studied fine arts in Montreal and Paris before immigrating to the United States. He received his BFA from The Cooper Union and his MFA from Yale University. Now semi-retired, Mr. Craig was the Design Director for Watson-Guptill Publications and is a member of the New York Art Directors Club, Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI), Type Directors Club (TDC), Typophiles, and a past member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). At present he teaches typography and design at The Cooper Union and lectures widely.

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