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{Introduction to Graphic Design} Syllabus: Assignments

Expressive Typography Book During the first phase of this project students used the first letter of their first name and the first letter of their last name, to create letter croppings with different serif and sans serif typefaces. The type specimen sheets provided, tracing paper, the Xerox machine and a writing implement were used to create the letter croppings. This was to allow students to become aware of the various structural elements in the letterforms, the positive and negative spaces created in the croppings and the variations in contrast. The next phase of the project involved creating more letter croppings with a specific, assigned typeface. These letter croppings were then used to design spreads for a class collaborative book about typography. Letterform Content: 3 different compositions were developed with the letterform croppings, in order to create the visual content book spreads. These compositions could have multiple parts or they could be a single expression of one part of a letterform. Informational Content: At least one of the spreads was to contain explanatory information about the typeface used to create the letter croppings. Each spread contained at least one letter cropping. The goal was to gain a greater understanding of the different parts which make up letterforms, and knowledge of the typefaces being used to create these forms. Book Construction: Students printed copies of their final book spreads, so that each class member could create a comprehensive book about typography and letterforms. The books were glue bound during a tutorial session. The final 8" Ă— 8" books gave each student the opportunity to see how a book could be conceived, designed, and fabricated.

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Student work, teaching portfolio from the Rhode Island School of Design

RISD Portfolio  

Student work, teaching portfolio from the Rhode Island School of Design

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