- Duration: 1h 41m 19s
- Skill Level: General
- Released: October 29, 2010
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Course detailsFrom humble beginnings in a small Texas town eight decades ago comes legendary typographer, logotype designer, author, and teacher Doyald Young. As elegant as his script fonts and as wise as his set of Oxford English dictionaries, Young set the standard for his craft. Friend and designer Stefan Bucher describes Young as "someone who could easily have done what he does in the Renaissance, and could easily do it 300 years from now." In this installment of Creative Inspirations, we enjoy a window into the life of this accomplished artisan as he works with joyous focus in his favorite spot, his drawing table. We follow Young to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where he shares his talents with tomorrow's designers. He recalls the hundreds of iterations he went through in creating the logo for Prudential, and he puts pencil to tissue creating the pages for his book about script lettering, Learning Curves. Young's story is compelling, captivating, and most of all, inspiring. lynda.com is honored to host this tribute to his work.
Join us in Bonus Features at a tribute event held at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where Doyald's friends and colleagues speak about their relationship with the gifted designer and Lynda introduces a scholarship fund set up specifically in his memory.
Skills covered in this course
Doyald Young, Logotype Designer
(soft music) - To learn to draw a letter well takes a lot of time. I've been drawing letters since 1948, and I'm still learning how to draw. (soft music) Jan Van Krimpen, one of my great heroes, he says: "I do not want to "draw a beautiful letter. "I want to draw a good letter." I think that good letters are beautiful. I love to draw letters. I found out that I did. It pleased me. I think it goes back to basic personality, for instance, I have a love of detail. Despite the fact that I call myself a logotype designer teacher. I'm delighted to say that my life revolves around topography. It permeates our lives. It permeates our culture. Our history is written with topography. It's just something that I love to do. I'm happiest when I'm at the board with a pencil. This is the Oxford English dictionary. It's 13 volumes here. There are four more volumes which I do not have. The Oxford English it's about etymology. The history of words. The first time a word was used in the English language…
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