June 12–August 14, 2014
It's one thing to make a message legible—clear to another person and beautifully typeset (meaning how the letters have been arranged)—but quite another to render that message so that it has emotional and aesthetic qualities. The ability to do so is grounded in a thorough understanding of the history of typography. In this class, students will learn how to do just that. They will explore the development of typography and then apply what they've discovered to an engaging series of assignments and projects.
Over a period of 10 weeks, students will deconstruct, interpret, and build upon the major historical styles of typography—from the beautiful centered layouts of the Renaissance to the exuberant explosion of fonts found in Victorian advertising, from the modernization of design through the Russian Constructivists and the Bauhaus in German, to the refined minimalism of 1960s Swiss typography.
One‐off experimental workshops and film screenings will supplement students' exploration of the history of printed communication.
At the conclusion of the class, students will have been exposed to 500 years of typographic innovation, developed a greater sense of detail in their work, and created a series of original publications informed by individual interests.
Each student will have access throughout the class to a lab workstation equipped with the latest software. / Open to students ages 16 and above.
Schedule: Thursdays, 6:30–9:30pm
Instructor: Namdev Hardisty
Non-Credit Tuition: $380.00 (+ $40 facilities fee)
1 Credit Tuition: $750.00 (+ $40 facilities fee)
More details—including financial aid information—here.
Why should I take this class?
There are 2 major reasons to take this class:
To gain an understanding of how typography has evolved over the centuries to meet the communications needs of the day and how the aesthetic concerns have changed through time.
To develop a finer touch for typography by working through major historical styles such as Classical Typography, Victorian Woodtype Advertising, Early Modernism, and the International Typographic Style. By the end of the course you’ll have a better understanding of how typography has come to look like it does today as well as a broader range of visual languages to use in your work.