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Class Schedule
4 December 2017

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Introduction

September 18
Introduction
Exercise — Arrival . . .

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Letterpress

September 25
Assignment 1: Letterpress begins
Lecture — “T-y-p-o-g-r-a-p-h-y”
Class meets in Typography Studio, Room 123
Demonstration — Introduction to metal type and the Typography Studio. Begin setting type.
Reading — “A Man of Letters,” Oliver Sacks

October 2
Assignment 1: Letterpress continues
Class meets in Typography Studio, Room 123
Continue setting type, proofing and corrections.
Demonstration — Joseph Moxon, Mechanick Exercises (pdf)
Reading — “Modern typography,” “Enlightenment origins,”
“The nineteenth-century complex,” Modern Typography, Robin Kinross

October 9
Assignment 1: Letterpress continues
Class meets in Typography Studio, Room 123
Lock-up and printing.
Lecture — “Benjamin Franklin, Postmaster”
Demonstration — Beatrice Warde, the American Type Foundry
Reading — “The Crystal Goblet,” Beatrice Warde,
“Apology for Printers,” Benjamin Franklin

October 16
Assignment 1: Letterpress ends
Re-distribute type into cases.
Exercise: A walk down Nassau Street
Reading — “Historical Synopsis,” “The Grand Design,” “Historical Interlude,” The Elements of Typographic Style, Robert Bringhurst

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Photocopier

October 23
Assignment 2: Photocopier begins
Phototypesetting in class and technical review
Film — “Farewell, Etaoin Shrdlu”
Reading — “The New Typography,” Lazlo Moholy-Nagy

October 30
Fall break, no class

November 6
Assignment 2: Photocopier ends
Individual meetings, in-class work and discussion
Lecture — “Bruno Munari, Original Xerographies”
Reading — “Counter-Blast,” Marshall McLuhan, “The Shapes of Words,” “Poems and Telegrams,” Bruno Munari

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Computer

November 13
Assignment 3: Computer begins
Introduction to finer typographic setting using software including reviews of settings and preferences, word spacing, letter spacing, and justification
Lecture — “Muriel Cooper and the Visible Language Workshop”
Reading — “On Typography,” Herbert Bayer

November 14, 4:30 pm
*a graphic design exhibition* opening
Hurley Gallery, Lewis Arts Complex

November 20, 6 pm
Muriel Cooper book launch
Hurley Gallery, Lewis Arts Complex
https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/muriel-cooper

November 20
Assignment 3: Computer continues
In-class work continues
Film — “Helvetica,” Gary Hustwit
Reading — “The Principles of the New Typography,” Jan Tschichold

November 21
** Visiting designers: Julie Peeters & Scott Ponik **
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm public lecture

November 27
Assignment 3: Computer continues
In-class work continues
Walk — Around Old Ivy and Through Time
Reading — from Designing Programmes, Karl Gerstener

December 4
Assignment 3: Computer continues
Individual meetings, class review
Lecture — “Mathematical Typography: Knuth, TeX & Metafont”
Reading — “My Typographies,” Paul Elliman, “2 Antitypes” and “Typography is a Grid,” Anthony Froshaug

December 11
Assignment 3: Computer ends
Final review
Visiting critic: Sarah Gephart
See http://mgmtdesign.com and http://the-copy.com

Jaunary 8
Final portfolio due at 1:30 pm in 185 Nassau, Room 123




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