education

Type History + Design + Letterpress Printing x 2 Public Workshops @Cooper

This spring Type@Cooper's public workshops offerings have some new classes in Cooper Union's Letterpress studio.

Beginning February 3rd, Nick Sherman will teach a 5 week evening course
http://coopertype.org/curriculum/workshops/chromatic-wood-type-design-pr...
Students will look at historical examples, analyse forms, design a some letters, and print their designs from laser cut wood type on a Vandercook press. If you love type, color and printing this will be very fun.

Beginning March 17th, Sumner Stone will teach a 5 week evening course
http://coopertype.org/curriculum/workshops/designing-printing-modern-let...

type design content in graphic design programme

long time reader, first time member and poster.

i teach graphic design and typography at a community college in southern ontario (carl dair's hometown, in fact). we are in the process of revising our curriculum and i have been tasked with doing some research into the type design component of our curriculum. i thought the folks on this forum would have some valuable and usable input into our process.

when i was at design school in the late 1980s, we had one minor type design project as part of our larger type design course (15 hours per week). but i wish that i had had more.

so, my questions are :
how much type design is appropriate/useful in a three-year graphic design diploma?
are there specific types of projects that you have found helpful in your own experience?

thanks

Font Usage & Licensing Survey - Respondents Needed!

I am collecting information on the ethics and legality of digital font usage for my undergraduate thesis using a survey. I'm focusing on students, instructors, and professionals who are involved in the design community. I've received over 80 responses so far, but am looking for as many as I can obtain, so please feel free to share with your friends or colleagues!

If you would like to offer any additional resources/information in regards to these issues, please contact me at: alexgilbert2009@gmail.com

The link is below, and the survey takes about 5 minutes to complete. Thank you in advance!
http://tinyurl.com/alexgilbertsurvey

Using difficult typefaces--to increase comprehension

Forums: 

Has anyone at Typophile ever designed something to be harder to read on purpose--to make sure the reader slows down, and thus better understands the text? In particular, has anyone ever done this with a textbook or other educational materials? Or has anyone made another design decision with a similar effect, such as printing the text in light gray?

Note: there is some empirical research suggesting that using more difficult typefaces can increase comprehension. Dan Kahneman discusses some of it in Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow, and a very recent example is the new study described here, which finds increased gains for dyslexic readers:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10089102/Hard-to-read...

Filosophia history

Hey there!

I'm a new and learning designer just taking my first typography class. It is something I am really enjoying.
As part of my class, I was assigned a typeface to study and do research on and present as my final project. The face I was given is "Filosophia." It is a beautiful one and I know it was developed by Zuzana Licko of Emigre Fonts in the 1990's. I also know that it was inspired by the classic "Bodoni." Outside of that, I have found very little information on Filosphia itself.

Does anyone know of any books that include information about it or its history? Are there any groups, or communities dedicated to Filosophia? How about any valid websites?

Thanks for the help!

Introductory Type Design Workshop, Chicago, March 8-9-10!

Crafting Type is coming to Chicago!

A 3 day intensive class, morning to evening and Thursday-Saturday, for anyone wishing to start designing type or to quickly move their existing skills forward.

Instructors confirmed are Dave Crossland and Octavio Pardo, with Eben Sorkin and Vernon Adams lined up to keep the student:instructor ratio low if many people sign up.

Pacific Northwest College of Art is hosting the event, and its priced low for students ($300) and professionals ($500) with good discounts for SoTA/AIGA/ATypI/TUG members ($400)

http://craftingtype.com

Typography workshops in Sydney

I'm searching for some kind of training in Sydney on drawing letters. Whether that's a workshop/course, a book or some website, I don't know. I know it's sort of all about practice, but my drawing technique has fallen behind since I'd stopped drawing for a while now, and I guess I want to get in the routine of practicing, but I don't know where to start. Can anyone direct me?

Thanks!

P

Alma Mater's Redesign

My alma mater (George Washington University) recently hired two very expensive firms to redesign its logo and "visual identity." The new design features sans-serif font and a digital portrait of George Washington. A vast majority of students and alums (like myself) dislike it, while the school's administration loves it. What are your thoughts on the redesign (and use of sans-serif), everyone?

Links to new look:
http://gwtoday.gwu.edu/george-washington-university-unveils-new-visual-identity
http://gwu.edu

Here's the old look:
http://graphics.gwu.edu/standards.pdf

Book or course

Hello anyone,

I am new to font and I am studying Graphic Design by DE.
I enjoy the course, however a fundamental understanding on how fonts/types are created is not covered in the degree program.

Could someone please direct me to a book that is thorough about font creation? From paper to computer.

Or if there are short courses in between semesters would be great. I'm based in Sydney, Australia so it would have to be local.

Appreciate any assistance.

C.C. Stern Type Foundry, Portland, OR

My son, a recent transplant to Portland OR, alerted his type-geek dad to the http://C.C. Stern Type Foundry, a volunteer-run working museum, offering public programs to preserve the craft of type casting, and to educate and inspire a new generation of printers and students of printing history.

Here are some photos he took at their open house on March 26, 2011:


Monotype keyboard


Monotype mat case


Visitors at open house March 26, 2011.

Experiment in teaching new glyph systems

I thought I would share excerpts from a paper I recently presented for my Research Methods class in the Masters of Education in Arts & Learning program I am currently taking.

The focus of this Masters program in to investigate, propose and document ways in how the creative arts influence, enhance and/or improve the learning process, and the first project I proposed was to investigate alternative methods for teaching the alphabet. This paper describes the first excerise I developed for the classroom (young early readers or adults learning foreign/non-latin alphabets).

Design studentships in Typography

(With apologies for cross-posting)

We are looking for exceptional candidates for full-time postgraduate study in the Department of Typography at Reading. The University will award one AHRC-funded studentship for our practice-based MA programmes: Book Design, Information Design or Typeface Design, with entry in October 2011.


We will also be putting candidates forward for doctoral and MA studentships funded by the University of Reading.



New typeface design program at Cooper Union

Cooper Union's new typeface design program, organized in conjunction with the Type Directors Club was just recently announced. It is currently a certificate program offered through Cooper's continuing education department. The new website has all the info on curriculum, faculty bios, and application details:
http://coopertype.org/

While there have been many type design workshops and classes offered in North America before, this is the first program of its kind to take place on the continent. Having moved to New York not too long ago myself, I must say I can't think of a better city to hold such a program in – if for nothing else than to have access to such a vast pool of talented type folks living in the area.

Furthermore, Cooper Union and the Type Directors Club couldn't be much better organizations to have involved. Among other things, Cooper has made typography a priority with their Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography, and the TDC's annual typeface awards are among the most notable in the industry. Plus it goes without saying that both have long typographic histories that include some of the greats of American type, lettering, and design.

The course list and roster of people involved for the first term alone is quite impressive (not to mention surprisingly diverse), and I'm sure the second and third terms will be just as good. More information will be posted on the site as it becomes available.

I apologize for shamelessly tooting the horn of a project I'm obviously involved with, but I'm really excited about it and thought some of you might be as well. As always, I'm appreciative of any feedback – critical or otherwise – and am happy to answer any questions.

Wikipedia page: Type Design Education

I've started up an entry on Wikipedia about type design education. It is basically a list of schools where type design is taught.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Jandorp/Type_design_education

Please contribute. This is a beta page that will be made live as soon as it starts to make some sense. Type design only please (no typesetting, book typography, logo design or pure calligraphy courses).

If you don't want to register at Wikipedia please leave info here.

BTW -- with such a vibrant and active community of typophiles, how come the Type Design article on Wikipedia is still so poor?

My students WILL know what a serif is, darn iit!

So as a publications teacher, I obviously think teaching students typography is relevant. I mean, after all, these kids will someday be the ones designing our magazine headlines and advertisements. I thought, heck, this has to be supported in our state standards for technology, right? WRONG. I found these results when I did a general search for typography:

Arizona Department of Education: 0 results
Association of Career and Technical Education: 1 result
Association of Career and Technical Education in Arizona: 0 results
Electronic Journalism Academic Standards: 0 results
Audio/Visual Technology Academic Standards: 0 results

Even in the class where typography SHOULD be relevant, it is not even mentioned!

A survey to discover what educational backgrounds we all have

Dear typophiles,

I am doing background research for the TypeCon Education Forum this summer where we will discuss what might comprise a post-graduate degree program in typography here in the U.S.
Please look over the list below and respond by identifying any areas which you have been educated in, have had training in, or have investigated on your own in order to further your typographic work.

This survey is meant for anyone who considers that typography is central to their main line of work. You do not have to be a type designer. Also, feel free to add any areas you think have been overlooked. My objective is to learn what kind of backgrounds those who are currently working in the field have.

Arts Institute at Bournemouth - FdA Visual Communication

The FdA in Visual Communication is a broad course which focuses on three main areas, typography, illustration and graphic design.

Students are taught to work across discipline producing a well rounded, work-ready individual.

There is a real emphasis on work based learning and industry standard practice.

Recent guest lectures on the course have included Catherine Griffiths and Bob Gill.