Does anyone know of any good type design workshops or classes here in Los Angeles? I've been searching around but haven't had any luck finding one. If not an in-person workshop, are there any good online courses/tutorials I should go through as an aspiring type designer? Thanks for your help.
There have been type design classes on-and-off (I taught one at Art Center At Night some years ago) but mostly light stuff, and mostly as part of graphic design degrees. There might be something now brewing at Otis however...
Your best hook into the type scene here is an organization called TypeEd. Although most of their efforts go towards typography in graphic design, they have proper respect for type design, and are very active and well-connected. Among other things they're co-organizing a TypeThursday once a month, where people show their fonts-in-progress and get feedback. The next one is in Little Tokyo on April 6. See you there?
In terms of education, no matter where you live I still generally recommend the classical type design one: self-taught. :-) Make stuff, put it out for slaughter, pay attention, brew slow.
And since I see you're on Twitter, you could follow: @TypeThursdayLA
This is is the description of last year's course, the new one will be quite similar.
Send me a message here if you're interested and I'll contact you when we publish the details of the new course.