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Class Schedule
26 April 2016

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Introduction

February 2
Lecture — “T-y-p-o-g-r-a-p-h-y”

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Letterpress

February 9
Assignment 1: Letterpress begins
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

February 16
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

February 23
Assignment 1: Letterpress continues
Class meets in Typography Studio, Room 123
Lock-up and printing.
Lecture — “Benjamin Franklin, Postmaster”
Exercise — Tracing types
Demonstration — Beatrice Warde, the American Type Foundry,
Monotype and American Garamond matrices
Reading — “The Crystal Goblet,” Beatrice Warde,
“Apology for Printers,” Benjamin Franklin

March 1
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

March 8
Finish letterpress printing, no evening class.

March 15
Spring break, no class

Photocopier

March 22
Assignment 2: Photocopier begins
Phototypesetting in class and technical review
Film — “Farewell, Etaoin Shrdlu”
Reading — “The New Typography,” Lazlo Moholy-Nagy

March 29
Assignment 2: Photocopier ends
Individual meetings, in-class work and discussion
Lecture — “Bruno Munari, Original Xerographies”
Film — “The Secret Life of Machines: Photocopier”
Reading — “Counter-Blast,” Marshall McLuhan, “The Shapes of Words,” “Poems and Telegrams,” Bruno Munari

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Computer

April 5
Assignment 3: Computer begins
Lecture — “Muriel Cooper and the Visible Language Workshop”
Introduction to finer typographic setting using software including reviews of settings and preferences, word spacing, letter spacing, and justification
Reading — “On Typography,” Herbert Bayer, “The Principles of the New Typography,” Jan Tschichold

April 12
Assignment 3: Computer continues
In-class work continues
Film — “Helvetica,” Gary Hustwit
Reading — from Designing Programmes, Karl Gerstener

April 19
Assignment 3: Computer continues
In-class work continues
Lecture — “Mathematical Typography: Knuth, TeX & Metafont”

April 26
Assignment 3: Computer ends
Final review

May 3
Final portfolio due by 1:30 pm




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