(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.
Week 1: Intro to the Course & Project 1 Letterforms
january 7 & 9
Course introduction and presentation | the anatomy of typography | use of Font Book | introduction to Adobe Illustrator interface.
PROJECT 1 LETTERFORMS
a. Parts of a letterform
b. Type Interpretation
Setting up your document in Illustrator | making a grid in Illustrator, using Rulers and Guides | Basic Lines and Shapes | Selection Tools | Type Tool (Point & Area Text) | Character Panel
Project 1 Letterforms b. Type Interpretation
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
Week 17: Project 6 :: Typographic Synthesis FINAL CRITIQUE
april 29 & may 1
MONDAY - last class
Project 6 Typographic Synethesis
The Final Critique will be held at the regular class time. 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."