Take your love for typography and experiment with a wide range of illustration and mark-making methods to create your own hand-rendered font library. This class is for anyone wanting to explore new ways to bring personality and character into their typographic design work. Methods will include both hand-rendered illustration techniques and computer-aided production. Students will be exposed to various traditional and nontraditional mark-making tools and methods.

More details and financial assistance information at MCAD Continuing Education.

   Every Home I’ve Lived In  by Rachel Christensen. From Personal Mapping 2012 workshop led by Namdev Hardisty.

Schedule: Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30pm
Instructor: J. Zachary Keenan
Non-Credit Tuition: $380.00

Registration opens January 6th

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1. What do you mean by illustrated typography?
This term refers to a broad spectrum of visual output. However, two elements are present when using this definition: 1) a distinct personality or aesthetic that (usually) relates to the message or content being delivered and 2) typographic forms (obviously). The term doesn't exclusively represent hand-rendered forms but typically implies a process of working with type in a method other than digitally typeset letters.

2. Do I need to know any software to participate in this class?
Yes. A basic understanding of the Adobe Creative Suite is necessary.  

3. Have you taught this kind of class before?
Not this class, specifically. But I've been an instructor within design education since 2008. And my experience with illustrated type spans over 10 years (examples below).

4. How will the class be structured?
Two core projects will be assigned throughout the 10-week period, with group critiques and presentations of your work. There will also be lectures, tutorials and workshops focusing on specific techniques and special topics. Open studio will be allocated during the semester.

5. What's open studio?
This is dedicated time during class to work independently on your project and have one-on-one conversations with me about your work and development. 

6. Is there homework?
Of course.

7. How much homework?
Well, that depends on you.

8. Can I make work on the computer or is everything done by hand?
It's up to you—all modes of creating are welcomed. However, there will be a strong emphasis on hand-rendered methods. Students will be encouraged to experiment and work outside their comfort zones. The computer will be employed for "publishing" your final creations. 

9. Do I need to know how to draw?
No. Well, yes. Actually, I don't define the activities in this class as drawing. I consider it mark-making.

10. What do you mean by mark-making?
Take the class and find out.

11. Will you be teaching the fine art of calligraphy?

11. Will we be producing a functioning digital font file?
No. But you'll learn various ways of working with your type in digital space.

12. What should I bring to the first night of class?
A sketch book and your current favorite collection of pens and pencils. A detailed list of possible tools will be discussed during the first class. 

Have you checked out the rest of our Spring 2014 classes?

10 week courses in typography, experimental-image-making and portfolio development for beginning and advanced-level designers.

Find them all here.