ART 137: Typography

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Humanities with Performance

Focuses on using typography as the primary visual in design exploration, with text introduced as a design element. Includes font classification, composition and production techniques. Projects cover typographic history, effective use of type and letterforms, and working knowledge of effective typographic methodology to creatively solve communications problems.

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Course Learning Outcomes

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  1. Students study letterform and typographic usage as well as research and writing about typographic design.
  2. Investigate graphic design layout using typographic principles combined with a general history, both aesthetic and technical.
  3. Develop design layout options that will include poster design, identity, letterform development.
  4. Teaches the fundamentals of classic design and how to apply these principles digitally using Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.
  5. Explores the classic elements of design (line, shape, form, value, color, and texture) and their relationship to balance, harmony, variety, and other classic design principles.
  6. Class projects demonstrate the impact of legibility and readability and will be investigated in relation to a student's choice of selecting and applying type and integration with related design elements
  7. Develop practical knowledge and techniques that can be applied across a variety of design areas (drawing, painting, graphic design, industrial design, architectures, etc.