Illustrated Typography (Fall 2014)

Design and Digital Media

This class is for both creative professionals and hobbyists who want to explore ways to bring the energy and expression of illustration to their typographic work. Methods will include both hand-rendered lettering techniques and computer-aided production.

Students will be exposed to various traditional and nontraditional mark-making tools and methods. The class will also engage with historical and cultural letterform inspiration. Experimentation is strongly promoted and students are encouraged to develop their own methods for creating forms. In addition to typographic compositions, students will create custom alphabets and apply them to a final layout.

This is a project-based class comprised of a brief study of current illustrated type design, an exploration of how structures, forms and aesthetics affect visual communication, class discussion, project work time, and peer critique. This class has been developed for students with a diversity of skill levels and interests wanting to explore their own personal and professional development in letterform design. / Materials fee of $10 in addition to class tuition. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Prerequisites: Previous drawing experience; working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite (basic experience in Photoshop and Illustrator) and Mac OS X.

What to Bring: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook; pad of bristol paper; drawing ink; brushes; a small collection of pencils and pens; USB drive, blank CD, or cloud storage option for saving work. / A complete list of suggested materials will be discussed during the first class meeting.

Please Register Before: September 8

If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met. UPDATE: Minimum enrollment has been met.

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Course Details

Course Number: CSDE 3601
Dates: Sep. 11 – Nov. 13
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Zach Keenan
Main Building Room 430
Non-Credit Tuition: $380.00
1 Credit Tuition: $776.00

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