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Stencil Workshop at Cooper Union

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and dirty your mitts for a hands-on introductory typeface design workshop. Forget about aggravating software-troubleshooting headaches and the mind-numbing tedium of point-plotting; during this weekend seminar, participants will take a practical approach to type design by drawing, fabricating and implementing their own set of stencil letters. And while we may not get into the nitty-gritty of font editing, the basics of digital typography will be covered. There are still a few seats left—get ‘em while they last.

Building Bridges: The Stencil Letter & Typeface Design
November 10–11, 10–5 PM

The Copper Union
30 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003
212-353-4195

Posted by on October 25, 2012

When you’re headin’ Down East to hit the peak foliage forecast this Fall, don’t forget to make time to swing by Cooper Union and brush up on your drawing skills. I’ll be heading up a couple of weekend seminars on hand-lettering, plus a hands-on stencil workshop introducing the fundamentals of typeface design.

Drawn Letters, Cooper Union, October 13–14
Building Bridges: The Stencil Letter & Typeface Design, Cooper Union, November 10–11
Drawn Letters, Cooper Union, November 17–18

The above artwork features Stan Slope from Photo-Lettering, plus Luxury Gold and Studio Lettering Shapes.

Posted by on September 19, 2012


Ken Barber Workshops

Wondering what to do on your summer vacation? Why not spend it drawing letters during a pair of back-to-back bicoastal workshops?! From June 3–8, I’ll be laying down the basics of display typeface design during a hands-on TypeCamp powwow in Templeton, CA. The following week, from June 12–15, I’m back at Cooper Union in NYC for a few days of logotype lettering instruction. So sign up now and kick off the summer right by cranking out some custom letterforms—registration is still open for both workshops!

Keep your eyes peeled for forthcoming House stationery like the notepad shown above. In the meantime, acquaint yourself with some other fine House Industries offerings.

Posted by on May 1, 2012

Our friends Kaisa and Christoffer Leka, Finnish counterparts of the House Factory Team, will be in New York City this weekend discussing their new book at the tenth anniversary festival of the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art. Be sure to swing by and say “Hei!”, if you’re in the neighborhood.

Posted by on April 25, 2012

House And Spice

Back in December, House Industries did an in-store event with Scissors & Spice at the Brinton Lakes Anthropologie store in Glen Mills, PA. This short video —shot and directed by Andrew Larason with assistance by Justin Weber and Karen DeMaio, and featuring music by Brooklyn-based Plushgun— was recently released recapping the day.

Posted by on April 19, 2012



House Industries at Kutztown University

House Industries at Kutztown University
Friday, April 20, 7–9 PM
Sharadin Arts Building
Room 120, Art History Lecture Hall

Enjoy some pepper cabbage and homemade root beer before getting a behind the scenes peek at recent House projects, as well as a look at the history of Photo-Lettering.

Lettering is Trillium. Silhouette from the Studio Lettering Collection.

Posted by on April 6, 2012

Benevolent Dictator, Celebrant Illustrator

When Erik van Blokland asked me to letter a certificate to be presented to my friend and colleague Tal Leming at the 2012 Robothon conference, I was honored to oblige. A key contributor to the UFO font data storage format, Tal was awarded the title Benevolent Dictator for Life by his peers and added to a growing list of esteemed software developers.

Posted by on March 13, 2012

House will be makin’ the holiday scene with Scissors & Spice at the Brinton Lakes Anthropologie in Glen Mills, PA this Sunday, December 18 from 12–3 PM. Have your holiday cards and gift tags hand-lettered as you nibble on some vegan baked goods and finish up your last minute shopping. See you there!

Posted by on December 13, 2011