Graphic Design Typography
While this class can be done as a stand-alone class, it is recommended that students take Introduction to Graphic Design and Graphic Design 2D Basics first. Graphic Design The Design Process could easily fall before or after this course.
Typography is the art of the written word. To effectively communicate using words, every component of typography must be critically considered for visual appeal and overall message.
PLEASE NOTE: We will not use any special programs. This class is not digital design. Students can use programs they are comfortable with for some of the assignments if they wish.
In this class, we will learn about typography and the importance of choosing the right font, size, and spacing of text as well as when text makes sense vs. when text could be better expressed through image. We will explore different types of typefaces and learn the difference between typeface and font. Students will:
- Learn a brief history of type and typefaces
- Learn about the anatomy of type
- Learn how typefaces can be used to express larger ideas than merely the words made
- Learn about hierarchy in design and how to maximize the message you want to convey
- Learn about font pairings to create visually pleasing concepts that convey a greater message
There will be homework for this class. While the overall intention of the class is to create a fun learning environment, students will have homework and deadlines to adhere to. Classroom interaction is also a vital component to the success of students in this class.
Each week, students will be given a live lecture covering the week’s lessons. The first of weeks 2-3 class will be spent reviewing work done with teacher and peer critique.
LOOKING FOR HIGH SCHOOL ART CREDITS? Graphic Design Visual Communications is a great way to earn art credits for high school. I will provide a written assessment of student’s performance in class that is based on class participation, timeliness of submissions, and overall work. Please contact me in advance.