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
- 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.
- Week 2: Letter forms (continued)
This week's reading introduces us to font families.
Ability to remain open minded and professional, treat others with respect and seriousness (especially concerning critique of others' work).
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
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.
sirons is also co-moderator of r/typography