2017 OSNS Type Design Program is a Wrap

With a huge jump in both the quantity and quality of both local and international applications received, thanks to our incredible 2017 Type Program Graduates for helping the OSNS Type Design and Lettering Program break so many exciting new records. Excellent applications from the United States came from designers who had worked on project teams for Adidas, and Mires Ball. Local applications were from designers who had worked as Creative Directors in Advertising agencies, designers from industry who wanted to move their careers forward,  and recent graphic design graduates who felt that they had only touched on type during their University Degree. One Graduate has already been snapped up by a leading Melbourne Brand Agency, her studying Type Design and Lettering at Old School New School was a key reason she was selected over many other applications. The agency clearly understands how exceedingly rare and valuable are the Typographic skills that she alone brings which will help create unique branding solutions. Consequently, I am receiving many inquiries about next year’s Type Program, and am busy making plans.


Naturally, such quality applicants greatly enhanced the vibe of the learning environment and improved the course outcomes. The days were full, we all had a blast, and I am ultra proud of everything that each student has achieved!  The five-week program culminated in the fun celebratory exhibition called “Fine Specimens” that showcased the titanic feats of the students, and also teachers Dan Milne, Ken Barber, Kris Sowersby, Bruno Herfst and Vincent Chen.


Congratulations to the following Students who successfully completed all project work to a very high standard, and graduated:

Abigail Hawkins – Melbourne Australia

Madeline Deneys – Melbourne Australia

Shelby De Fazio – Melbourne Australia

Andres Zapata – Melbourne Australia

Channin Fulton  – San Diego California USA

Emily Knapp  – Pittsboro Indiana USA


Student Comments


Typical student comments about the course are:


“I feel that I can now really tailor type from scratch – and have a general understanding across letterforms. I used to have a lot of gaps without realising, and not fully understanding what they were either. This will help me so much in my new job and when creating work for my own clients and my own projects.” “The skills aren’t just for the niche of type design, but for type in general. I now see typefaces as more beautiful, complex and incredible designs, more so than before, because I now understand what it takes to create type, and how the slightest nuance of a curve applied across a whole alphabet can change the thing all together. Basically, it’s a beast! But a really brilliant process to go through to create it. Completely immersive, addictive, unpredicatble and challenging.”

Madeline Deneys


and from Shelby De Fazio:


“Upon completing this course I feel more typographically aware. Informed of a broad and diverse history of exploration, style and functionality of type. This knowledge has helped me grasp a visual understanding of typography. I’ve learned this through observation–working with a range of really good exemplars and information provided to me from all of my teachers (Veronica, Ken, Bruno, Dan and Vincent). I’ve also learned this through practice. Beginning this journey with physical lettering, I’ve gained an understanding of how type is actually made and informed. How to use my tools properly to explore a diverse range of solutions. This has built a base knowledge of typographic structure. Through this learning and understanding, I feel confident to explore typographic solutions both physically and digitally.”



Why Students applied to do the OSNS Type and Lettering Design Program in particular.



The chance to delve deeper into the history of calligraphy, typography, and lettering, in an industry where there is endless pressure to churn out work, take shortcuts, and follow trends, were some of the reasons students applied with the idea that it would be incredibly refreshing to take a step back and learn how the various typographic styles were developed. Emily Knapp from Pittsboro Indiana USA stated that: