Type Talk Tuesday

Posted on: November 16th, 2011

Yesterday we chatted a bit more about typography, specifically about how it is measured and applied to pages.

Then there was a quiz! Here’s a copy if you missed class. You can fill it out and hand it in on Thursday. The in-class quiz was open book, notes, and internet so feel free to use your materials.

Next, we looked at our next assignment: Letterform Postcards. Here is the assignment sheet. Here are the letterforms people chose:

  • Mary Jo – M
  • Dontate – G
  • Sara – S
  • Scott – F
  • Katelyn – Q
  • Meredith – R
  • Nikki – V
  • Stacy – L

For Thursday, have four or so of your preliminary sketches for this project finished. We’ll finish all eight preliminary sketches in class on Thursday. The assignment will be due on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Also, on Thursday Nov. 17 is the deadline for showing me two of the sources for your Design/Talk presentation.


Posted on: November 10th, 2011

We began our formal discussion of typopgraphy with a few videos, one of which is below.

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

This is a fun piece of kinetic typography. And it is excellent advice.

Please read the Chapter 8 handout I distributed on Tuesday. In addition, here are a  couple more handouts about type anatomy:

Tiny, Tiny Type and Texture Zines

Posted on: November 8th, 2011

Tonight we made cool tiny tiny type and texture zines.

I went over various resources for your Design/Talks. Outline here.  Note that for your design talk:

  • You must have three (3) sources
  • One must be a book or an article that is printed or was originally printed.
  • The other two may be online sources
  • You must have located 2 of the sources by Thursday, Nov. 17
  • When you present your talk, you must cite the sources in correct
    citation format and present it to me at the time that
    you give your talk.

When creating your citation page, you can use a cool source called Citation Machine: We’ll be using MLA 7 style.

I handed out a  reading assignment on typography from A Typographic Workbook: A Primer to History, Techniques, and Artistry by Kate Clair and Cynthia Busic-Snyder. Please read to page 153 by Thursday Nov. 10.


What we did Thursday Nov. 3;
What’s in Store for Tuesday Nov. 8

Posted on: November 4th, 2011

Last night

We worked on our Tabloid Redux assignments.

I gave a presentation on emphasis and focal point as design principles. Notes here.

We signed up for days to give our Design/Talk presentations. See the post below for details, or go to the Calendar page.

Next Tuesday

Tabloid Redux assignment due at 5:45.

Research night for our Design/Talk presentations. You’d be amazed at the resources available to you as a Madison College student. Bring a jump drive to save digital articles.

We’ll do a creativity exercise.

Design/Talk Schedule

Posted on: November 3rd, 2011
Tuesday, Nov. 29 Nikki Dobbratz – Punk
Tuesday, Nov. 29 Meredith Cook – Corporate Design + Logos
Thursday, Dec. 1 Katelyn Son – Graffiti + Street Art
Tuesday, Dec. 6 Stacy Hill – Pop Art
Thursday, Dec. 8 Sara Gomach – Bauhaus
Thursday, Dec. 8 Scott Parker – Psychedelic Art
Tuesday, Dec. 13 Mary Jo Hitz – Art Nouveau
Thursday, Dec. 15 Dontate Pollard – Swiss International Style

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