Jan 20, 2022
VCT 1060 - Typography Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 2Lab 2
Course Description: This course in typography is a hands-on introduction to the world of letterforms. It begins with a historical look at early writing systems and moves to the contemporary computer-generated type and fonts we know today. Exercises and learning activities will help students learn the important concepts and skills of using and creating meaningful type which communicates a message efficiently and effectively.
Prerequisite(s): VCT 1012 or concurrent enrollment.
- Creative uses of type
- Designing type
- Layout design aspects
- Legibility and readability
- Physical attributes of type
- The history of type
- Type family classification
- Type in a digital environment
- Using grids
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- identify ancient writing systems and their influence on early typefaces.
- describe the parts of a typeface.
- recognize the influence of early typefaces on contemporary letterforms.
- identify typeface characters from a practical perspective.
- describe the difference between typesetting and typewriting.
- compare the advantages and drawbacks to setting type on a computer.
- describe typographic conventions and their appropriate use in different situations.
- demonstrate how the appearance of a typeface can influence the message.
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