As discussed in class, it’s worth installing some font management software on your computer to help you keep tabs on your typefaces as you begin to grow a collection. Font Explorer allows you to organize and categorize, activate and deactivate, and visually compare and study typefaces. It’s awesome … and there’s a free (light) version! It’s not advertised on Font Explorer’s site anymore, but it’s still floating around. I think this is a working link (if this doesn’t do it, let me know):
On September 26 we will be going to the Providence Public Library’s Special Collections room. PPL is home to the D.B. Updike printing collection, bequethed to the Library in the 1940s. There we will see an overview of printing history back to the 15th Century until the end of the collection.
Login using the username and password discussed in class. Change your password to something you’ll remember. Upload five images to the Omeka database at http://picturesoftype.com/admin. Our primary focus on week one is getting good meta data and tagging.
Please add more in the comments or directly attached to the photographs.
Take a good look at your assigned typeface — including the online marketing collateral, the lengthy type specimen sheet provided, and the typeface files themselves.
Zoom into the letterforms that make up your typeface. Find interesting positive and negative spaces, shapes, curves and angles. It’s important that we don’t read the letter. This assignment is about understanding form and counterform. Use only one glyph per sheet. Rotating is fine, but may not be necessary given the wealth of characters in the typeface.
Create 9 8×8″ finished drawings using either pen and ink or a photocopier. If working digitally (with the tyepface and InDesign), make 50 and print your favorite 9. Work iteratively. You’re looking to create engaging form.
Give an oral presentation on what you learned about the typeface to pair with your croppings. Describe your typeface in whatever terms seem appropriate: “whimsical”, “heavy”, “stern”, “Don Draper-like”. What classification system does the typeface fall under? What type of applications are well suited for this typeface? Is it already associated with a brand or cultural sector? What did you learn by observing the typeface (in the computer) and by creating the compositions?
You will need to post your script on this site after week 2 (to incorporate discussion) with your croppings.
Using the printouts provided (of the pdfs below), draw the letterforms that appear on the top of the sheet in the space provided in the white area at the bottom. Pay attention to the placement of the letterform relative to the baseline. Note differences in shapes depending on when they were designed.
If you are feeling comfortable with drawing the letter-sized glyphs, try enlarging your drawings on blank, larger sheets.
This course carries an important structural twist. Village Type Foundry has donated a type family per student to use for this semester and only in this class. The larger issues of typography will be accessed and learnt through prolonged exposure and practice with one type family. Each family provides its own historical and suggestive meanings, while being designed for present-day application. The typeface will be the focus of many of your assignments during the semester.
This course concerns itself with typography as described in two ways: a purposeful craft that branched off from printing and a formal element within an artistic composition.
With a more than 550-year history, typesetting — as found in books, posters, ephemera and on screen — forms the foundation of the course. Typesetting is the selection and placement of letterforms to transfer meaning. However prominent or intentional, the typography is part of the meaning. The job of the typographer is to create a nuanced, personalized and appro
This course carries an important structural twist. Each student will work with a single contemporary typeface generously donated by Village Type Foundry. Students will understand the broader typographic issues through prolonged exposure and practice using one type family. Each typeface provides its own historical and suggestive meanings, while being designed for present-day application. The typeface will be the focus of many of your assignments during the semester.
PBS Type short created for the layperson, but entertaining, diverse and informative. From PBS Arts.