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Introduction to Typography

Explore basic concepts of typography through interaction with the reddit community. This 10 week course covers topics starting from the ground up - from letter forms to grid compositions. Arranged to promote learning, the course is taught with two components: personal discovery and critique. All resources for the course are available free online.

Course begins July 2, 2012

Lectures
  1. Week 1: Letter forms

    This week's reading is on letter anatomy, size and scale. It's a terminology, identity, sketchology mash-up and a great ease into our packed 10 week course.

  2. Week 2: Letter forms (continued)

    This week's reading introduces us to font families.

Prerequisites

Ability to remain open minded and professional, treat others with respect and seriousness (especially concerning critique of others' work).

Syllabus

This course is structured most basically around Ellen Lupton's Thinking with Type, available free online.

Each Monday, recommended reading and exercises will be provided.

Each Thursday, posting and discussion/critique will open.

The course will provide outcomes ranging from a typographic journal to finished poster design.

Below is the basic outline of course topics.

Week 1: Recreating inspiration

Week 2: Typefaces on a grid

Week 3: Typeface prototyping

Week 4: Word composition

Week 5: Kerning, tracking

Week 6: Paragraphs - leading, spacing, indenting

Week 7, 8: Grids

Week 9, 10: Poster design

Additional information

This course is built around the concept that participants will take various levels of interest in the topics. Each section is structured to allow a range of engagement for the students, depending on their interest.

Teacher qualifications

Instructor's homepage.

sirons is also co-moderator of r/typography

Latest Update
Week 2 Critique (2012-07-12 21:43:11)

"Hello all. Sorry for the delay. The week 2 critique page has been created and is ready for this weeks submissions. As always, PM or email me if you questions, comments, concerns.

S"

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404. Glogin
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747. Fiserfully
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