We will first have ‘typography bootcamp’ over the first few weeks of the term to review and present relevant terminology and concepts related to typography, typesetting and information hierarchy, which includes completion of two relate, applied exercise/projects. Then we will focus on 2–3 more comprehensive projects for the remainder of the semester.
In addition to excellent typography practice, emphasis will be placed on design process and refinement.
There will be a midterm and final exam*.
*Instructor will waive final if the midterm exam is satisfactorily completed.
Components / Projects
This semester outline provides a general plan for the course. Deviations may be necessary but will be announced.
Typesetting, fine typography, grid systems and spatial organization, etc.
- review of basics of typographic terminology, typesetting concepts, hierarchy, spacing and grid/organizational systems, etc.
- readings in Thinking with Type textbook
- basic publication design, multi-page documents
Exploring typographic expression: Type as both form & language
Typography Midterm Exam
Design for competition submission (poster/publication):
Typography in Digital Spaces
Bonus: Lettering Workshop
if time allows
focusing mainly on informal and freehand script
bring materials: tracing-type paper, basic drawing/sketching materials, black markers/pens both think and thin, ruler