Introduction To Typography (Online)

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"Perfect typography is certainly the most elusive of all arts." - Jan Tschichold, 1968The aim of this course is to provide participants with a grounding in the key principles and practices of the art of typography. Each weekly class will focus on a different area of the subject, with the course delivering a rich and varied introduction to a range of typographic ideas and techniques...

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Description

"Perfect typography is certainly the most elusive of all arts." - Jan Tschichold, 1968

The aim of this course is to provide participants with a grounding in the key principles and practices of the art of typography. Each weekly class will focus on a different area of the subject, with the course delivering a rich and varied introduction to a range of typographic ideas and techniques. Practical and theoretical components will be interspersed throughout the course, allowing participants to develop both knowledge and skills that can be put into action.

Typography is all about words. But whilst its history is strongly linked with the printing trade, today its use is just as prevalent in the digital world as the printed one. Our electronic gadgets bombard us with digital type 24/7 and even most printed typographic design now begins life on a computer screen. Yet at the same time this digital revolution has led many to hark back to more direct craft processes, with interest in letterpress printing very much on the rise. 

This course will consider applications in both print and digital formats. The rich history of the discipline will be explored directly alongside more contemporary issues and concepts. Course content will include modules on the terminology of typography; choosing typefaces; basic conventions; composition; grids and hierarchy; getting the details right; typographic systems; and even typeface design.

This course is suitable for anyone keen to learn more about the art of typography: from students to professionals, writers to designers. A strong awareness of the letter form is considered essential for graphic designers, but its value certainly doesn't end there. A core understanding of the subject will help to elevate the presentation of text within any field; be that within PowerPoint presentations, business correspondence, CVs, or personal websites for example. 

Please note that this course does not include teaching of computer programs and knowledge of graphic design computer programmes is not required to complete the projects.

Course Schedule  - 8 weeks: 1.5 hours of live class per week

1st week
What is Typography?
Typographic Portrait project

2nd week
Typographic Terminology lecture
Letters & Words exercise

3rd week
Conventions Part I: Core decisions
Composition project

4th week
Understanding Typefaces lecture
Typeface Design exercise

5th week
Conventions Part II: Important details
Typeface Design presentations

6th week
Conventions Part III: Systems
Grids & Hierarchy project

7th week
Perspectives on Typography
Personal Manifesto project discussion

8th week 
Quiz
Personal Manifesto presentations

Please note this course is being delivered on UK time.  To view more information and a live UK clock, please follow this link: http://www.timeanddate.com/time/zone/uk/london

Please refer to your joining instructions about getting set up for your first session. 
Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here:
http://www.arts.ac.uk/csm/courses/short-courses/short-courses-online/frequently-asked-questions/


Tutor information

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Materials

Please ensure that you have the following materials to hand:
  • A3 layout pad
  • Assorted pens and pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ruler
Please note that you will need access to a black & white printer (there will be practical worksheets that need to be printed)

Details for booking

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