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2 W 13th St.,
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We will start the semester with a research project called Collections. For each collection, you will research and assemble five (so 25 total) examples of typography that fit the collection topic. Please accompany each of your selections with a short text explaining what it is and why you chose it.
There are no requirements on the final form your collection takes; you will need to decide this yourself. It could be a website, a booklet, an Instagram account, etc. but some final artifact of the project and all source material will be turned into our Dropbox.
You will be assigned readings throughout the semester. In addition to reading and contributing to the in-class discussion, you will also be asked to design a response to the reading. The goal of the the Reading Response exercises is to practice different approaches to typesetting using different tools.
I will give you instructions about specific tool(s) and/or requirements for each response. At minimum, each response will:
Use TextEdit to design a response to It’s probably not plagiarism (Caserta). You may only use the default typeface, font weight and style, size, color, etc. Consider how you can use the most basic writing tools to attend to the formal aspects of typography (hierarchy, readability) as well as to create typography that not only aids our understanding of the subject but also enhances it. (Hint: have you used all the keys on the keyboard? Have you used all the glyphs in the typeface?)
This time, use Google Docs to design your response to The Crystal Goblet. You have a lot more options! For this exercise, you must use two typefaces, two colors, two font sizes. You can also use all the alignment tools. Do you wish you had more options? Is this enough? Do you miss the simplicity of Response 1? How does this change your approach to typesetting?
For this reading response, we’re going to put the topics from our Crash Course into use. Use InDesign to lay out your own version of Detail in Typography (Hochuli), pp 1-31.
Because your text will likely span multiple pages, you must use master pages for all your pages. This will allow you to have page numbers, headers, etc. in the same place on every page. A little planning will make this project either easy or time-consuming.
You must also use four type styles for your entire design. Every piece of type in your design must use one of these type styles.
In one place, you must break from your type styles and masters completely and radically. What does this achieve?
Hochuli makes judicious use of examples in his text. How will you handle this in your version?
If you’re not sure how to use type styles or master pages, you’ll need to do some self-learning.
Please print a copy of your project and bring it to class. Consider this step as part of its design.
It’s said that teaching is the best way to learn something. Each of you will be responsible for teaching a workshop during the semester.
You will prepare your workshop with a partner. Together, you will be reponsible for researching the topic, preparing any materials required to complete the project (and notifying the class in advance if we need anything special), and present to us a brief that explains the background, concept, process, and expectations for the workshop outcome.
Instructors – your grade for the workshop will be based on how well prepared you are
Participants – your grade will be based on participation (mostly) and final work product
You will be able to find your assigned week in the SCHEDULE.
We are putting on a music festival and we’re looking for a team that can help us plan and execute all the design and technology needs. The conference is at the beginning of December and we’ll need to roll out the designs over a few phases. We don’t know exactly what we need so we’re looking for your help figuring that out, but at minimum we know we’ll require:
Your proposal is meant to convince me of your concept, your plan, and your ability to pull it off. That means it should cover things like:
For the day of the festival, you should prepare all the deliverables that you think are relevant to your event. You are responsible for deciding how to present and deliver these materials as part of the design process. Those could include, but are not limited to:
We’ve never done this before so we’d like to know a little bit more about how the process works, a proposed timeline over the duration of the project, and a list of things you think we need to make.
You will be working in teams of 1-3. If you’re working in a group, you will need to share the roles and responsibilities of a team. No one person should be responsible for a single aspect of the project, and the amount of work should be shared evenly among each team member. You must clearly assign weekly responsibilities to each member of the team and communicate what they are.
Your ongoing and final project for the semester will be a collection of all the Type & Interaction course materials (not just your own). Since everyone is doing the same projects and we are all turning them in via our shared Dropbox, everyone has access to the same content. Your job is to give form to this content. The outcome of the project will be a website, book, and maybe something else that documents the entire semester. Think of it as a mix of archive/notebook/portfolio/??. More information will be provided in week 3, but it’s good to remember this as you assemble your Reading Responses and Collections.