Catalog 2017-2018 
    Feb 22, 2019  
Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

DSGN 117 Typography

4 credits

This course covers typographic fundamentals, type history, and design considerations when working with type for print and screen based devices. Topics include type categories, kerning and spacing, type anatomy, hierarchy and grids, concordant, conflicting and contrasting type styles, type identification strategies, type rules, and font purchasing. Major historical and contemporary figures, written resources and trends of typographic design will be discussed.

Prerequisites: ART 102  

DSGN 126  recommended

Quarters Offered: Fall, Spring

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic type principles and type history
  • Analyze type considerations for print publications and screen-based devices, including legibility and readability
  • Identify basic typeface categories
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional type practices through projects and exercises
  • Define the differences of concordant, conflicting and contrasting type and demonstrate best practices when selecting and using these combinations
  • Respectfully present, defend, and critique design choices in a group setting

Total Hours: 60 Lecture Hours: 20 Lab or Clinical Hours: 40