(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): ENG 05 if required by individual student's placement; ART 131, ART 283 OR PHT 135 or divisional approval.
Studies the history of letterforms and typefaces and examines their uses in contemporary communication media. Emphasizes applications to specific design problems. Includes identification and specification of type, copy fitting and hands-on typesetting problems.
Please read the syllabus for details about the structure and grading policy for this course.
Font unity | the historical classification of typefaces | type families and typographic interpretation | working with Open and Closed Shapes | reshaping with the Direct Selection tool | Scale and Rotation Tools | introduction to type on a path in Illustrator | Area Type inside a shape | converting text to outlines.
Review previous tools and techniques and experiment with Illustrator techniques demonstrated in presentation
Project 1 Letterforms a. Parts of a Letterform
Experiment with Illustrator techniques demonstrated in presentation.
Week 3: Project 1 Letterforms Critique
january 22 & 24
Project 1 Letterforms
a. Parts of a Letterform
b. Type Interpretation
Week 4: Project 2 :: Letter & Unity
JANUARY 29 & 31
PROJECT 2 LETTER & UNITY
Typographic syntax | letterforms and unity | review student samples | setting up your document in Illustrator | using the Pathfinder Panel to make a mask
Week 17: Project 6 :: Typographic Synthesis FINAL CRITIQUE
april 30 & may 2
MONDAY - last class
Project 6 Typographic Synethesis
NOTE: If needed the class will meet for the final critique on Wednesday.
Please check your exam schedule to be sure you can meet on this day for the final critique.
Your completed project is due at the beginning of the class period.
NOTE: This is the last day to turn in the final project. Projects that are not shown at the critique will not be accepted without a written medical excuse. Any conflicts with another exam need to be submitted in writing from the instructor from the other course.
"The more uninteresting the letter, the more useful it is to the typographer."